Sometimes the beat can be restrained, sometimes more complicated and more featured instead of being in the background. However, the beats are usually less intense than other kinds of electronic music like techno or house music.
Downtempo music started to surface when DJs and Promoters would bring down the vibe with slower rhythm and gentler music upon approaching sunrise.
Trip hop, consisting of elements from hip hop, downtempo and electronica got very popular in Europe. Mo' Wax was one of the first labels to introduce this kind of sound in early 1990s.
Trip hop has influenced artists outside the genre who utilized the genre. Kylie Minogue, Madonna, and Radiohead, just to name a few, have incorporated trip hop in their work.
Trip hop has spawned several subgenres which have evolved over the ages, including Illbient, (dub-based trip hop with influences of ambient and industrial hip hop), all part of a post-trip hop scene which encompasses a wider range of styles and influences.