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Downtempo is a sub-genre of electronic music that crosses over with ambient, although it has a greater rhythmic focus. Journalist Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones memorably explained the style features "slow, tranquilized beats, garish synths, and melodies that sound like they were filtered through the AM radio of an '84 Dodge Dart."

Downtempo developed in the UK and Europe in the 1990s. In the early 1990s, some music acts began producing slower, relaxed music which could be played in chillout rooms in clubs. Downtempo emerged out of such club scenes and solidified into a distinct genre of its own by the 1990s. While primarily an electronic genre, downtempo often features instruments such as guitar, bass, strings and wind instruments.

Notable downtempo acts include AIR, Boards of Canada, Thievery Corporation and Dntel.

Q-Asar artists that incorporate downtempo elements include Ka Mira Moon and X-Planation.