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Downtempo music

Downtempo is one of those misunderstood genres of music. The 'down' in downtempo isn't about depression or the influences of a bad buzz. It's simply music set at a slower pace than other genres of electronica. It's not chillout or lounge music - which come from a different place. As a gnre, Downtempo draws on a wider rage of influnces: fropm dub and hip hop to acid jazz and house. With its roots in ambient music, downtempo is about soundcapes that don't impose themselves on the listener. While it's unjustly been described as 'background music' - downtempo is perfect for setting an atmosphere, a subtle vibe that adds a touch of sophistication. Turn on, Tune in and drop out to some lush Downtempo sounds.

Chris Hale

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Chris Hale
Torso
Nu Jazz & Downtempo DJ & Producer Chris Hale was born and raised in L.A. California, and is currently based in Tokyo, Japan where he is an active DJ and producer. His tracks have dominated such global charts as Acid Planet, Broad Jam, and Sound Click. Chris' tracks regularly top the house, tribal house, progressive house, and Detroit charts for weeks to months at a time. His music also gets regular play by club and radio DJ's around the world as well as on underground radio. Chris DJ's at clubs throughout Tokyo, and is the resident DJ at the monthly "Worship" party. He is a veteran re-mixer, mixing tracks for Bitstream Dream (Om, Bedrock). Read the Full Story
Nu Jazz duo Torso is Louis Selvitella and Lee Leffler, two members of the Boston music scene who began making new music in 2004. Combining fretless bass and classical guitar with electronic sounds, Torso's music incorporates styles as varied as Coltrane era jazz to electronic soul, post punk and more.

Taxi.com, describes Torso's sound as "Super cool music... Downtempo jazz (with a real legitimate jazz flavor and playing) ala Izit meets Miles".
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Torso

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Chris Hale
Torso
Nu Jazz & Downtempo DJ & Producer Chris Hale was born and raised in L.A. California, and is currently based in Tokyo, Japan where he is an active DJ and producer. His tracks have dominated such global charts as Acid Planet, Broad Jam, and Sound Click. Chris' tracks regularly top the house, tribal house, progressive house, and Detroit charts for weeks to months at a time. His music also gets regular play by club and radio DJ's around the world as well as on underground radio. Chris DJ's at clubs throughout Tokyo, and is the resident DJ at the monthly "Worship" party. He is a veteran re-mixer, mixing tracks for Bitstream Dream (Om, Bedrock). Read the Full Story
Nu Jazz duo Torso is Louis Selvitella and Lee Leffler, two members of the Boston music scene who began making new music in 2004. Combining fretless bass and classical guitar with electronic sounds, Torso's music incorporates styles as varied as Coltrane era jazz to electronic soul, post punk and more.

Taxi.com, describes Torso's sound as "Super cool music... Downtempo jazz (with a real legitimate jazz flavor and playing) ala Izit meets Miles".
Read the Full Story
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