The trio of producers known as Crustation formed by Ian Dark, Stig Manley and Mark Taylerthe are quite connected in the fertile Bristol
trip-hop community — they played in bands with Portishead’s Adrian Utley during the 1980s, and regularly hung out with Massive
Attack and Smith & Mighty. They debuted in 1994 with two EPs for Cup of Tea Records (also the home of Monk & Canatella, Statik
Sound System and Purple Penguin), and released their debut album Bloom in 1997.