Massive Attack Meets Banksy

The ground-breaking UK band, Massive Attack, are re-issuing their classic album, Mezzanine on April 19th. Mezzanine, a Trip Hop and Dub mas...


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The Top 101 Downtempo Albums of All-Time 
[ A 20 Year Retrospective 1990 | 2010 ]

Curated By: Architektur [Passport Radio] & A Guy Called Gary [Guidance Recordings]

Kruder & Dorfmeister  The K&D Sessions  1998 [2CD]
Massive Attack  Blue Lines  1991
Tricky  Maxinquaye  1995
Tosca  Suzuki  2000
Portishead  Dummy  1994
Gotan Project  La Revancha Del Tango  2000
Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band  A Special Album  2003
Kruder & Dorfmeister  G-Stoned  1993
Nightmares On Wax  Smokers Delight  1995
Yonderboi  Shallow And Profound  2000
Massive Attack  Protection  1994 [2CD]
Thievery Corporation  The Mirror Conspiracy  2000
Kinobe  Soundphiles  2000
Jazzanova  The Singles Collection  1997-2000
Fila Brazillia  Maim That Tune  1995
Tosca  Opera  1997
Peace Orchestra  Peace Orchestra  1999
Thievery Corporation  Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi  1996 | 1999 [2 versions]
Xploding Plastix  Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents  2001
dZihan & Kamien  Freaks & Icons  2000

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21 Boozoo Bajou  Satta  2001
Portishead  Portishead  1997
Quantic  The 5th Exotic  2001
Lemon Jelly  2000
The Dining Rooms  Numero Deux  2001 [Guidance version]
Urbs  Toujours Le Même Film...  2005
AIR  Premiers Symptomes  1997
United Future Organization  Now And Then  1990-1997 [2CD]
Pressure Drop  Food Of Love  1990-2003 [2CD]
Royksopp  Melody A.M.  2001
DJ Bootsie  The Silent Partner  2004
Tosca  Dehli 9  2003 [2CD]
Bent  Programmed To Love  2000
Mr. Scruff  Keep It Unreal  1999
Waldeck  Northern Lights  1996
Karma  Thrillseekers  1999
Sofa Surfers  Cargo  1999
David Holmes  Let's Get Killed  1997
Air  Moon Safari  1997
Quantic  One Off's, Remixes and B Sides  2006 [2CD]

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41 Massive Attack V Mad Professor  No Protection  1995
Walkner.Mostl  Heaven Or Hell  2000
Bitter:Sweet  The Mating Game  2006
Tipsy  Trip Tease - The Seductive Sounds Of Tipsy  1996
Bonobo  Animal Magic  2000
Karminsky Experience Inc.  The Power Of Suggestion  2003
Bazille Noir  Bazille Noir  2001
Funki Porcini  Hed Phone Sex  1995 [2CD]
Thievery Corporation  Abductions and Reconstructions  1999
DJ Cam  Mad Blunted Jazz  1996 [2CD]
Solid Doctor  How About Some Ether [Collected Works 93-95] [2CD]
dZihan & Kamien  Gran Riserva  2002
MUM  The Szabotnik 15 Mission  2002
Minus 8  Elysian Fields  2000
The Dining Rooms  Tre  2003
Twilight Circus Dub Sound System  Dub Voyage  2000
Fila Brazillia  Luck Be A Weirdo Tonight  1997
Up, Bustle And Out  Master Sessions 2  2001
General Electrics  Cliquety Kliqk  2003
Bent  The Everlasting Blink  2003

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61 Rob Smith Meets Henry & Louis  Time Will Tell [Dub]  2005
Parov Stelar  Seven & Storm  2005
Boozoo Bajou  Remixes  2003
Tosca  J.A.C.  2005
Seelenluft  Synchronschwimmer EP  2001
The Bush Chemists  Light Up Your Spliff  1996
Amon Tobin  Bricolage  1997
Thievery Corporation  The Richest Man In Babylon  2002
Waldeck  Ballroom Stories  2007
Organic Grooves  Black Cherry  2002
MUM ‎ Mum  2000
International Observer  From The Dungeons Of Dub  2010
Jon Kennedy  We're Just Waiting For You Now  2001
Luke Vibert | BJ Cole  Stop The Panic  1999
Noiseshaper ‎ King Size Dub Special  2001-2009
Sofa Surfers  Transit  1997
Karma  Pad Sounds  1997
Bonobo  Dial 'M' For Monkey  2003
UKO  UKO  2001
J-Walk  A Night On The Rocks  2002

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81 Zero 7  Simple Things  2001
Goldfrapp  Felt Mountain  2000
Seelenluft  The Rise And Fall Of Silvercity-Bob  2000
Visit Venus  The Endless Bummer  1998
Count Basic  The Peter Kruder | Richard Dorfmeister Remixes  2001
Mo'Horizons  Come Touch The Sun  1999
Ursula 1000  The Now Sound Of Ursula 1000  1998
Gerd  High, Wide and Wonderful!  2001
Troublemakers  Doubts & Convictions  2000
Nightmares On Wax  Carboot Soul  1999
Dubphonic  Smoke Signals  2003
The Butch Cassidy Sound System  Butches Brew  2004
Howie B.  Music For Babies  1996
Baby Mammoth  Best Foot Forward  2001
Waxolutionists  Counter Fight  2004
45 Dip  The Acid Lounge  2000
Waldeck  Balance Of The Force  1998
A Forest Mighty Black  Mellowdramatic  1998
Leggo Beast  From Here To G  2000
Yonderboi  Rough And Rare  2001
101 Easy Star All-Stars  Dubber Side Of The Moon  2010

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A brief history...of how two long-time agent provocateurs from Chicago, collaborated to compile the greatest Downtempo "Best Of" list of all-time!  ...and with a motto like, "we're not fucking around", its hard to argue.

❒ A Guy Called Gary: Guidance Recordings label DJ and A&R. Compiled Hi:Fidelity Lounge 3 & Hi:Fidelity Lounge 4, as well as, Hi:Fidelity Dub Sessions 4, Destination:Chicago [Japan], and Mundial Muzique 2. A Guy Called Gary has DJ'd along side "Downtempo" luminaries; Gilles Peterson, DJ Cam, Blue States, DJ Oil [Troublemakers], DJ Ender [Nuspirit Helsinki], along with maintaining residencies in cities from Chicago to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico...

Chill to the latest installment of  Hi:Fidelity Lounge

❒ Architektur: Est. 2000 | Lounge Productions, Burning Bowl Records, & Passport Radio [WRUW, KOOP, WXDU]. Exclusive interviews with members of Gotan Project, G-Stone & Thievery Corporation. "Big up to Architektur, the man behind the great 'Musik for Film' compilation, this cd is a must-have for every downbeat | chilled dub fan, great stuff!!" - FM Brussels. Wire Magazine described Architektur's album, Travelogue, as 'Meat Beat Manifesto collides with Shorty Rogers' | ★★★★1/2, #1 KPFA, #5 Dub - Juno [UK], and aired on BBC, FM4, KCRW...

Tune in to the Finest in Downbeat & Dub on  Passport Radio

For clarity...there are many artists that we adore, and additional releases by the "Top 101" artists, who ultimately didn't make this list. Gary & I compiled artists who helped define the "Downtempo" sound. We made a concerted effort to capture, recognize, and encompass the origins, and evolution of this genre. We also highlighted certain LP's as more genre defining of the sound, and gave them preferential treatment over other releases when ultimately ranking. Overall, this list was compiled by two individuals who share a love and a passion for the Downbeat | Dub sound.  Peace.

Most notably...Dub music is underserved. Mainly, because the genre has, and deserves it's own rankings [The Top 125], but we would be remiss if we omitted Dub in it's entirety. Especially, given that King Tubby's innovated genius permeates throughout the entire spectrum of "Downtempo" music...  Give thanks & praise!

Honorable mention: To all the labels who helped elevate this sound through their influential compilations. Collections that featured the many tastemakers...who helped expose us to the tracks that would emerge into classics.Renowned labels that produced these compilations include: Compost, Stereo Deluxe, Guidance, Echo Beach, Vienna Scientists, Tru Thoughts, Mole Listening Pearls, Mo'Wax, Spray, Pussyfoot, Musicpark, ESL, Uptight, !K7, and Ninja Tune, among many others...  A special shout-out to Boards Of Canada, Alex Cortiz, Bobby Hughes, Juryman, Merck, On-U Sound, Cheap and Thrill Jockey.

Concept & Design by:  LoungeProductions


Top 40 Downbeat & Dub tracks of 2019!

A Downbeat & Dub mix by Architektur [Passport | WRUW 91.1 FM] featuring some of the Best of 2019 [new, reissues, and a few late 2018 releases]. Dig It!

View the complete playlist at Passport Radio "The Finest In Downbeat & Dub Music!"


Sunrise Movement

"Moonrise, at Sunrise"

Photo taken from the NASA Space Station by Astronaut Christina Koch

T-Jah "Very Late Dub (words by Greta Thunberg)"

Sting & Shaggy "Morning is Coming" (Subatomic Sound System 1 drop remix)

Mozart "A little night music" Serenade in G, K.525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" 1. Allegro

(Stefan Obermaier Rework)


Massive Attack Meets Banksy...Again

Due to a legal threat over his trademark, Banksy was compelled to create a pop-up shop in Croydon, London to promote his new online store featuring exclusive, limited edition art created by the notorious street artist.

Notably, in the background, within the fireplace, is the same image featured on the cover of the classic Trip Hop album, "Blue Lines" by Massive Attack. A coincidence? A homage to his fellow Bristol mates? Or a subtle clue to Banksy's true identity, Robert Del Naja?

More: Massive Attack Meets Banksy [Pt. 1]

Massive Attack, Tricky & 3D "Take It There"


Can't Stand Losing You...

The Beat AKA The English Beat, emerged during the rise of Punk & 2nd generation Ska in the U.K. during the late 70's. The Beat featured lead vocalists Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger, whose unique and infectious harmonies fronted hits like "Mirror in the Bathroom", "Save It for Later", "Too Nice To Talk To", "I Confess", and "Sole Salvation". During their meteoric rise, they toured with legendary artists David Bowie, the Clash, the Police, the Pretenders, R.E.M., Talking Heads and the Specials. Dave Wakeling recalls when Bowie ran up and said: "You're the best opening band I've ever had. Will you please come on tour to America with me?" Unfortunately, Dave Wakeling had already decided that he wanted to leave the band.

VH! valiantly tries to reunite the original members of The Beat

Personally, I was crushed when The Beat decided to break up in 1983, especially on the heels of the Specials split a year earlier [forming Fun Boy Three & the Special AKA]. I understand that creative differences and, of course, money, influence the life-span of a band, but The English Beat were at their pinnacle following the release of "Special Beat Service" in 1982. In their wake came the offspring of their demise, General Public featuring Wakeling & Ranking Roger, and Fine Young Cannibals, formed by two of the remaining members, bassist David Steele & guitarist Andy Cox, along with a new lead vocalist, Roland Gift.

Two-Tone 2.0 [One Step Beyond Ska]

This flashback fast-forwards to a full-stop with the news that Ranking Roger passed away in March after losing his battle with cancer at the age of 56. Up until his death, Ranking Roger remained active. He re-formed The Beat with original members Everett Morton (drums), and Saxa AKA Lionel Augustus Martin (saxophone). Ranking also contributed to several projects, including collaborations with Sting, Big Audio Dynamite, Dubxanne featuring music of the Police, and Easy Star All-Stars Dub reinterpretation of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! [Featuring Ranking Roger]


We All Shine On...

David Gilmore, legendary guitarist of the seminal band, Pink Floyd, is auctioning his collection of guitars, 120 in all. The auction will be held at Christie's in New York City, and all proceeds will benefit charitable causes.

"These guitars have been very good to me and many of them have given me pieces of music over the years. They have paid for themselves many times over, but it's now time that they moved on. Guitars were made to be played and it is my wish that wherever they end up, they continue to give their owners the gift of music. By auctioning these guitars I hope that I can give some help where it is really needed and through my charitable foundation do some good in this world." - David Gilmore

Christie's interview with David Gilmore [and some of his guitars]

The highlight of the auction will be The Black Strat, 'the iconic Fender Stratocaster played on The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall.'

"Between 1970 and 1986, The Black Strat was Gilmour’s primary performance and recording guitar, and was key to the development of the Pink Floyd sound. It was played in the recordings of landmark albums such as the 1973 masterpiece The Dark Side of the Moon, which includes the track Money and is widely regarded as one of the greatest LPs of all time; Wish You Were Here (1975), featuring the track Shine on You Crazy Diamond, which Gilmour reveals ‘came out of’ The Black Strat; Animals (1977); and The Wall (1979), which features Gilmour’s legendary guitar solo on Comfortably Numb." - Christie's

Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond

According to David Gilmore's site: "A global tour of the collection will launch in London at Christie's, King Street, from March 27-31, 2019, where the full collection will be on display, followed by highlights in Los Angeles May 7-11, and then the New York sale preview ahead of the auction from June 14-19. During the exhibitions, sound experience will be provided by Sennheiser."


Massive Attack Meets Banksy

The ground-breaking UK band, Massive Attack, are re-issuing their classic album, Mezzanine on April 19th. Mezzanine, a Trip Hop and Dub masterpiece, was ranked number 15 in "Q Magazine’s 100 Greatest British Albums Ever". Now, after twenty years, the iconic release by Massive Attack has been remastered and will feature unreleased Dub remixes by the legendary, Mad Professor.^

Grant "Daddy G" Marshall and Robert Del Naja AKA 3D

Along with the 3 color vinyl pressings, and 2CD set, there will also be a DNA release encapsulated in a aerosol spray can. The album’s 'digital audio files were converted into 920,000 short DNA strands which were then stored in 5,000 miniscule glass spheres'. Mezzanine was the second-largest file ever stored using DNA.

The spray can is considered a homage to graffiti artists, including founding member Robert Del Naja AKA 3D, who has long been suspected to be the one and only, Banksy.

Artwork by Robert Del Naja

Here are some of the rumors and/or evidence supporting this theory:

"8 signs Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja is mystery artist" Banksy, presented by UK's Independent newspaper. The Daily Mail also weighed in on the subject, quoting journalist Craig Williams, who says he’s got compelling evidence that Robert “3D” Del Naja is also the anonymous street artist Banksy, 'known for his cheeky stencil work and other street art projects worldwide'. 'Again and again Williams claims, murals pop up in cities where Massive Attack has staged concerts, shortly after the performances take place. Not only that, but Del Naja was a graffiti artist in the 1980s and professes to be friendly with Banksy.'

According to NME, "Goldie may have accidentally made reference to Banksy’s true identity during a recent interview. Speaking to Scroobius Pip for his Distraction Pieces podcast, the legendary DJ can be heard referring to Banksy as “Rob” (or “Robert”, as some listeners appear to hear). Goldie then added: “No disrespect to [Rob/Robert], I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”

The film soundtrack for Banksy’s documentary ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop; features original music by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow & Roni Size, who both originate from Robert Del Naja's and Banksy's hometown of Bristol, England.

Update: Massive Attack Meets Banksy...Again

In support of the 20th anniversary reissue of Mezzanine, the band will be touring Europe:

01-28 Glasgow, Scotland
01-29 Manchester, England
01-31 Brussels, Belgium
02-01 Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sold Out]
02-01 Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sold Out]
02-04 Frankfurt, Germany
02-05 Munich, Germany
02-06 Milan, Italy
02-08 Rome, Italy
02-09 Padua, Italy
02-11 Paris, France [Sold Out]
02-12 Paris, France
02-14 Bordeaux, France
02-16 Barcelona, Spain
02-17 Madrid, Spain
02-18 Lisbon, Portugal [Sold Out]
02-19 Lisbon, Portugal
02-22 London, England
02-24 Dublin, Ireland
03-01 Bristol, England [Sold Out]
03-02 Bristol, England

...and North America:

03-11 Montreal, QC [Sold Out]
03-12 Toronto, ON [Sold Out]
03-14 Boston, MA [Sold Out]
03-15 New York, NY [Sold Out]
03-16 New York, NY
03-19 Philadelphia,PA
03-20 Washington, DC
03-22 Detroit, MI
03-23 Chicago, IL [Sold Out]
03-24 Saint Paul, MN [Sold Out]
03-28 San Francisco,CA [Sold Out]
03-29 Los Angeles, CA [Sold Out]
03-30 Los Angeles, CA [Sold Out]
03-31 Los Angeles, CA
04-02 San Diego, CA

JUST ADDED: The Massive Attack tour will feature vocalists; Elizabeth Fraser & Horace Andy, plus visuals by Adam Curtis [filmmaker of HyperNormalisation, etc.].

Visit: Massive Attack for more info and tour updates.

^The Mad Professor remixes:

Metal Banshee (Mad Professor Mix One)
Angel (Angel Dust)
Teardrop (Mazaruni Dub One)
Inertia Creeps (Floating On Dubwise)
Risingson (Setting Sun Dub Two)
Exchange (Mountain Steppers Dub)
Wire (Leaping Dub)
Group Four (Security Forces Dub)


月球的黑暗面 [The Dark Side Of The Moon]

China has made history...becoming the first country to land on the dark side of the moon.

The latest image taken from the surface provided by the Chinese Space Agency (CNSA).

And, of course, one of the greatest & most popular albums of all-time:

Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon