Downtown is doing its part to help flatten the curve worldwide. As noted by Billboard, our parent company, Downtown Music Holdings, has created a landing page that makes all of our internal COVID-19 communications and resources accessible to other businesses for their own use — including links and information for creators regarding mental health, remote work guidelines, and more. With Downtown employees working from home across the country and around the globe, we've also been releasing a series of playlists to aid in the social distancing process. Featuring instrumentals from Downtown's catalog and roster, every installment of Remote Access focuses on a different style of music — with an intended purpose for each.
Titled Lay Lo-Fi, the series' first volume features smooth, soulful, jazzy hip-hop beats to help listeners relax and focus while working or studying — with music by Blue Lab Beats, Casiio, Domu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Johnnybgood, Nash B, Nick Hakim, Ninjoi., Oddisee, Palomo Wendel, Phony Ppl, RJD2, San Holo, Sebastian Kamae, Sporting Life, and Trackademicks.
Vol. 2: Sonic Waves showcases pulsing beats from across the electronic music spectrum to help listeners power through work — including tracks by Apparat, Chase & Status, The Chemical Brothers, Com Truise, David Spinelli, deadmau5, Deee-Lite, Douran, Jamie xx, Major Lazer, Mason, Moderat, Neue Grafik, Ouai Stéphane, Rhye, taka perry, Tycho, Victor Le Masne, and VIMALA.
The third volume, Soul Food, highlights timeless jazz, soul, funk, blues, and even some classic rock 'n' roll instrumentals from throughout the ages to provide mental nourishment, comfort, and help spark creativity — featuring cuts by Booker T. Jones, Charlie Parker, Christian Scott, Erroll Garner, Herbie Hancock, Hiatus Kaiyote, James Blood Ulmer, Lee Allen, Miles Davis, Neue Grafik, and Phony Ppl.
For many of us in the industry, music is a source of comfort and therapy in these uncertain times. In addition to our Remote Access series, we hope our community can find solace in some of our other thematic playlists; for example, last month's Women's History Month playlist celebrates the work of badass female artists and songwriters from the Downtown catalog, while February's Black History Month playlist includes music by legendary icons and some of today's most exciting emerging talent — in order of each song's original release. Also, read and listen to our Postcards content series, highlighting the work of our songwriters, artists, and producers from around the world — with playlists from Paris, London, New York, and more to come.
Visit Downtown Music Holdings' COVID-19 landing page to request access to our resources and information for businesses and creators.