Can't stand the genre myself, but Burial is highly regarded by those who are into it.
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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: very edgy with some nice hop flavor
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA: very big hop, somewhat edgy
Rocky Mountain IPA: even edge with good hop .
Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA: big hop, big edge, very trippy
For a minute, I thought you were talking about rap music ..I know, I know sorry to insult you!
Here are some of my favorites from someone who has listened to this stuff from the beginning:
Peace Orchestra-Peace Orchestra
Kruder & Dorfmeister-The K&D Sessions
The Sabres Of Paradise-Haunted Dancehall
Mo' Wax Records stuff from 93-98 esp. those Headz comps
Luke Vibert-Big Soup
Wagon Christ-Throbbing Pouch
Nightmares On Wax-Smoker's Delight
DJ Krush-Strictly Turntablized
Depth Charge-Nine Deadly Venoms
DJ Food-Recipe For Disaster
I like a new band out of the UK called Burial. Hard to find in vinyl but well worth seeking out. Has a very nocturnal feel to it, like driving around the inner city at 2:00 am in the morning. One of the better 2008 "finds" in my collection.
As already posted, Massive Attack's "Blue Lines" set the template for this music and Portishead's "Dummy" followed in its path. Both our essential CDs to have in your collection.
Nitin Sawhney has produced some nice mid decade work that also stands out. I especially like "Prophesy."
I second Kruder and Dorfmeister. You can also check out OM records out of SF. They have a lot of classic downtempo stuff going back many years, all of which is available on vinyl if that is your thing. You can also go to netmusique.com and check out their downtempo channel, you will get a lot of great artist recommendations from there.