As we slink into summer, it’s time to slow things down a little. All of these downtempo sounds are derived from synth/keys or guitar sources, but with a big ol’ dollop of processing applied. The downtempo samples pack by Music Radar is divided into five tempo-labelled folders.
All the samples are supplied as WAV files so can be imported directly into your DAW or sampler of choice. Because they’re royalty-free, you’re welcome to use the samples in your music in any way you like – all we ask is that you don’t re-distribute them. The downtempo dreams samples are supplied in a zip file, so you’ll need to extract them before you can see them. Enjoy!
Downtempo also referred to as downbeat – or used to describe the trip hop genre – is a genre of electronic music similar to ambient music, but with a greater emphasis on beats and a less “earthy” sound than trip hop. In the late 90s, the Austrian duo Kruder & Dorfmeister popularized the style with their downtempo remixes of pop, hip-hop, and drum and bass tracks with influences of the ’70s soul jazz. Britons Steve Cobby and Dave McSherry, producing under the name Fila Brazillia, released a handful of downtempo, electronica and ambient techno albums that propelled the style further. Meanwhile, the Washington, D.C. locals Eric Hilton and Rob Garza, better known as Thievery Corporation, have introduced the Brazilian sound into the style after discussing the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, and enriched it further by combining elements of Jamaican dub and reggae.