Otto Taimela's Top Five Ambient and Downtempo Tracks


Otto Taimela's Top Five Ambient and Downtempo Tracks

Finish producer Otto Taimela presents his top five ambient and downtempo picks. Some of which influenced his latest production ‘The Prettiest Pearl’ on ‘Reflections 06’, out now.

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⚫️ Shinichi Atobe - Regret 

"The perfect loop does exist. I wish this song would go on forever... Actually, it kinda does. I never use reference tracks when I’m composing music but I feel like this song is in the back of my head, always somehow influencing my work.”


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⚫️ Lubomyr Melnyk - Love Song

"This is what I imagine a river inside a piano would sound like. The more you listen to it the more hidden whirlpools of melodies you will find! Lubomyr Melnyk’s music has taught me to be more confident around the piano and to not to be afraid of maximalism.” 


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⚫️ Gigi Masin - Clouds

"I’ve been obsessed with this song as long as I remember, I’ve even gotten the exact same gear for my studio. The magical sounds of the Korg Poly 800 and a tape recorder… Without this song I’d be so much less. ”


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⚫️ Samoyed & Sam Playford-Greenwell - Bullocks Running

"The textures, artefacts of the recording techniques and the overall sound itself can be more powerful than the actual flow of notes or melodies and this is a perfect example of how to do it: it's a perfect dialogue between the glitchy minimalistic melody with maximalistic, rough surfaces. Samoyed’s music is the perfect company for a walk in the woods around the time of dawn and creating an atmosphere like that is kind of a goal for me as well.”


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⚫️ Prefab Sprout - I Trawl the Megahertz

”"Forgive me, I am sleepwalking"... I think nothing can top this one for me. Just thinking about this masterpiece gives me goosebumps. Even though my music sounds nothing like this, 'I Trawl the Megahertz' has always been present in the thought process of my work. Super inspiring stuff, makes you lift your chin up and aim your eyes to the sky. ”


Written by: Ella Machen