Definition of downtempo in English:

downtempo

adjective

Music
  • Played at a slow tempo.

    • ‘This album was more downtempo than some of your earlier work, and possibly more intricate too.’
    • ‘This time out, however, the beats are more upbeat and inviting compared to the downtempo and contemplative beats of Folk Songs.’
    • ‘Old Filter Records artists Boxsaga's remix of the ‘Second Movement’, a laid-back downtempo track, lets the string work flow over the top of the subtle rhythm.’
    • ‘The downtempo world-music scene has become a sad and sordid affair.’
    • ‘Picking up where their last album left off - though differing in that the latest has stellar singles and it doesn't have any ends that are frayed - Supermodified is a masterpiece of jazzed-out downtempo beats and breaks.’
    • ‘The Spacek is really nice, recommended for those who like their electronic music on the downtempo side and want something for a relaxed night at home.’
    • ‘Put the aforementioned biases together with some downtempo hip-hop and an intellectual and political mind and you have a good record.’
    • ‘Some acts dodge the question entirely by devoting albums to song-based tracks or downtempo experimentation, others simply compile their vinyl sides and remixes.’
    • ‘Moving rapidly from downtempo jazz noodling into a languid breakbeat and finally full-on drum & bass, they launch into a live, and hence loud, barrage of sound.’
    • ‘Drawing from the shallow well of downtempo techno mood music, none of Lubricate Your Living-Room's eighteen tracks dare to grab you, or even pluck up enough courage to ask if you wouldn't mind paying attention for just a brief moment.’
    • ‘Though ESL Music has licensed some outstanding downtempo artists (Blue States, Broadway Project, Les Hommes), none of this excellence has apparently touched Thievery Corporation.’
    • ‘There are dance numbers, ambient soundscapes and even a downtempo joint bordering on hip hop.’
    • ‘What ought to sound like a mishmash of elements thrown against the proverbial wall - saccharine pop, downtempo grooves, orchestral jams or drone-rock dub - instead meshes into a recognizable whole.’
    • ‘There are no house or trance beats used to float the boat at the pier, only funky downtempo, broken beats, dub, and all other forms of imaginative and eclectic music.’
    • ‘Their music is moody downtempo trip-hop characterized by a blend of electronic drum beats and organic instruments, namely a guitar and keyboard chords foregrounded by the viola and cello.’
    • ‘With an impressive array of vintage keys, guitars, effects and downtempo beats, this duo balances fragility with confidence in these rich, melodic soundscapes, whose well-woven foundations frequently threaten to fall apart.’
    • ‘The next song, the title track, melds another downtempo beat with a gentle guitar melody.’
    • ‘Occasionally the sounds remind one of noisy breakbeats and, at other times, the reliable downtempo four-on-the-floor of old blues music.’
    • ‘A Special Album is certainly a competent offering of downtempo beats.’
    • ‘Hardly easy listening, her downtempo kaleidoscope of pain and progress is unable to hold on to all that it reaches for, but delivers moments of brilliance and daring that upstage the pop divas she'd rather not be associated with.’
    • ‘This disc shares many similarities with Broken Social Scene's much-adored You Forgot It In People album from last year: alluring downtempo beats, lush, haunting strings and sustained notes and chords that linger for an eternity.’
    • ‘It doesn't always have the pop hooks of hip hop and, unlike its 4/4 beat cousin, it seems to age better - quality downtempo, beats and pieces seem less disposable over time’
    • ‘Their latest release, Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs, is more knowing than witty, including a misjudged downtempo version of You're the One That I Want.’
    • ‘The bland title and its awful subheading - ‘an excursion into the world of downtempo grooves’ - don't help much either.’

noun

  • A genre of electronic dance music with influences from jazz, bossa nova, and dub reggae.

    • ‘It is a jazz-oriented mix of experimental techno and downtempo that shows even more diversity from Carl Craig.’
    • ‘In each case, the female vocalists is up front, and the bed of multiplicitous beats incorporates downtempo, acid jazz, nu jazz and house.’
    • ‘It follows that the music is a hybrid of rock, disco, acid, house techno and downtempo, but always with an upbeat and driving energy that keeps the crowd moving.’
    • ‘A nomination for the Mercury Music Award boosted the duo's profile further, and by the end of the year they were being embraced as the new king and queen of downtempo.’
    • ‘I'm on from 10 mm til midday, spinning reggae, downtempo and hiphop.’
    • ‘In a desperate attempt to maintain some sense of relevance, many of the best ethereal bands went on to try their hand at fleeting trends - trip hop and downtempo - or waited out the passing storm by simply disappearing - Kevin Shields.’
    • ‘As a newcomer to the Ninja Tune family, England's Treva Whateva decided to cover the spectrum of DJ-based music starting with ragga-jungle, downtempo, breaks, disco and hip-hop - to name a few.’

Pronunciation

downtempo

/ˌdounˈtempō/