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br3ad_man
10-27-2004, 07:35 PM
Featured Genre #4 - Trip-Hop

The term "trip-hop" was coined by the english music press in the early 90s. The sound of trip-hop is well described as "downtempo jazz, funk and soul influenced experimental breakbeat music". Trip-Hop is often very bass heavy. It is generally seen that Massive Attack were one of the first trip-hop groups when they released their debut album in 1991, "Blue Lines". Although Massive Attack are seen as the inventors of trip-hop, other groups such as Portishead, Lamb and the Sneaker Pimps were extremely helpful in popularising it. After Massive Attack, quite a few US trip-hop acts emerged, in the forms of "DJ Shadow", "U.N.K.L.E." and others. However, the bulk of the great trip-hop acts were from places such as Bristol and Manchester, all in England.

Trip-Hop is often one of the styles of music that is blamed for "kiling guitar rock" in England. After Massive Attack, many trip-hop groups began to recieve a lot of mainstream recognition and trip-hop albums began to top indie charts. Groups such as Massive Attack, DJ Shadow, Tricky, Morcheeba and Sneaker Pimps are most responsible for trip-hop reaching a large mainstream, stateside audience. After a while, some rock bands such as Radiohead began to show trip-hop influence with tracks such as "Talk Show Host", "Climbing Up The Walls" and "Airbag". Another contributing factor was Thom Yorke's collaboration with U.N.K.L.E. on the track "Rabbit In Your Headlights".

Some major trip-hop artists

Massive Attack
DJ Shadow
Tricky
Lamb
Morcheeba
Sneaker Pimps
U.N.K.L.E.
Portishead

Some definitive trip-hop albums

Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Portishead - Dummy
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
U.N.K.L.E. - Psyence Fiction
Lamb - Lamb
Tricky - Maxinquaye
Morcheeba - Big Calm
Massive Attack - Mezzanine

Some definitive trip-hop songs

Radiohead - Talk Show Host, Climbing Up The Walls
Portishead - Glory Box
U.N.K.L.E. - Rabbit In Your Headlights
Massive Attack - Teardrop, Inertia Creeps, Safe From Harm, Unfinished Sympathy
Tricky - Black Steel
DJ Shadow - Stem/Long Stem, Fixed Income
Lamb - God Bless, Trans Fatty Acid
Sneaker Pimps - Sick

Photo Gallery

Massive Attack, during the Mezzanine era
http://home.tiscali.se/afghan/images/massive_attack_003_jpg.jpg

Tricky
http://freespace.virgin.net/bharath.pillai/gifs/tricky.jpg

DJ Shadow
http://www.canoe.ca/MusicImagesD/djshadow.jpg

Lamb
http://www.videomusica.it/fnts/videomusica/immagini/278x182/lamb01.jpg

Portishead
http://www.caffeeuropa.it/images/145/portishead.jpg

U.N.K.L.E.
http://www.audioroom.org/images/unkle/Unkle.gif

Happymeal
10-27-2004, 07:50 PM
Cool. Good FG:) I'm digging trip-hop a lot these days, especially Zero 7 and Lovage and I'm still trying to find cheap copies of Mezzanine, it's expensive as hell in here.

BillCosby
10-27-2004, 07:52 PM
We had the first FG for months, now we have a new one every few days, geez.

GG, anyway

br3ad_man
10-27-2004, 07:55 PM
It's been a week and a half since the last one. meh

hafez
10-27-2004, 08:03 PM
wow. now i know what trip hop is. and i realize that i really don't like most of those bands. portishead is allright though

br3ad_man
10-27-2004, 10:07 PM
It's because I mentioned Radiohead isn't it? :p

Bartender
10-28-2004, 02:43 AM
Cool. Good FG:) I'm digging trip-hop a lot these days, especially Zero 7 and Lovage and I'm still trying to find cheap copies of Mezzanine, it's expensive as hell in here.

Where is "here"? At the moment, I can get it for 5, in the HMV sale.

Good article. I'm not so much into trip-hop so far, mainly just DJ Shadow and Massive Attack, though Endtroducing.. and Mezzanine both rank amongst my favourite albums. I also picked up Blue Lines during my absence, for something like 4, in that very same sale. I've been enjoying this sale.

br3ad_man
10-28-2004, 03:23 AM
Blue Lines is on sale round here too, for 15 bucks (A new cd is like 20-25). I like it but maybe not enough to buy it for that much.

br3ad_man
10-28-2004, 04:38 AM
You should get 100th Window by Massive Attack as well. I compare it to Radiohead's Hail To The Thief, nothing groundbreaking like the earlier stuff, just a very, very good album. Plus the female vocals on it are by Sinead O Connor, which is a definite plus.

Happymeal
10-28-2004, 04:57 AM
Where is "here"? At the moment, I can get it for 5, in the HMV sale.

Canada. It's $24.99.. on HMV too:(

That's the only thing I don't like about them. Rip you off all the time:mad:

I can get Blue Lines for $9.99 though.

Tomahawk
10-28-2004, 05:43 AM
I loves me some Trip-Hop.

My favourite Trip-Hop guys:
Massive Attack
Portishead
A bunch of Dan the Automator's stuff

The Ashtray Girl
10-28-2004, 06:09 AM
Excellent FG, trip-hop is a mighty fine little corner of music.

Tapeworm
10-28-2004, 06:32 AM
Nicely done guy. I love every artist that you mentioned. I think. Trip-Hop is king.

LISTEN TO LAMB!!!

Luxor
10-28-2004, 01:15 PM
I had Endtroducing before my computer crashed. I need to download it again.

ZEROthirtythree
10-28-2004, 03:01 PM
Trip-hop owns

RIPJoeStrummer
10-28-2004, 04:23 PM
Nice work, I quite like a little Massive Attack every now and again.

hafez
10-28-2004, 05:46 PM
It's because I mentioned Radiohead isn't it? :p

yeah that too. wow. i love how i'm such an elitist douche that everyone on mx knows my favorite and least favorite bands :lol:

br3ad_man
10-28-2004, 06:50 PM
:lol:

You're a cool eliteist at least. :)

Kaden
10-29-2004, 08:29 PM
Trip hop is my favorite genre of music. Me and a drummer chick and a sax player are starting a trip hop band soon :cool: It will pwn unbelievably hard.


~waits for Iai~

Tomahawk
10-30-2004, 09:08 AM
ok I just wanna add a few trip-hop artists/songs that I love, that weren't mentioned:

Bjork - All is Full of Love (the video version, not the album version)
Deltron 3030 - 3030
Lovage - Sex (I'm a)
Handsome Boy Modelling School - The Truth
Gorillaz - Tomorrow Comes Today
Faith No More - Stripsearch
Prefuse 73 - Storm Returns

Iai
10-30-2004, 09:27 AM
Trip hop is my favorite genre of music. Me and a drummer chick and a sax player are starting a trip hop band soon :cool: It will pwn unbelievably hard.

~waits for Iai~

I've been away. :(

Ironically, my girlfriend plays the sax, and I was going to pitch the ideas of a trip-hop band to her. :cool:

Iai
10-30-2004, 09:29 AM
Nice FG - I initially thought it seemed a little on the short side, but I would have rambled on for 4 or 5 posts, so that's probably why!

One thing I'd like to add - the roots of trip-hop can be found in De La Soul's 3 Feet High & Rising, and Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique. I consider them proto-trip-hop, and I'd recommend both to anyone who's even got a passing interest in trip-hop, both for historical awareness, and the fact that they're awesome albums.

br3ad_man
10-30-2004, 06:43 PM
^^^
Listen to him, he knows his stuff :thumb:

Trip hop is my favorite genre of music. Me and a drummer chick and a sax player are starting a trip hop band soon :cool: It will pwn unbelievably hard.


~waits for Iai~



Wow, man...your music taste has certainly changed since I started noticing you on here...Dream Theater boy!

I want to ask one of my friends to sing some trip-hop with me and my mates for next year's battle of the bands. She has a great voice.

hafez
10-30-2004, 07:11 PM
:lol:

You're a cool eliteist at least. :)

thanks amigo :)

pendrightheloved1
10-30-2004, 07:48 PM
Another similar artist, i dont know if you'd count them as trip hop, you definitely could as its bass drums keys, electric violin and a female singer. I saw them this summer at Move 2004 and i suggest them also

plus the singer is sexy:naughty:

Bartender
10-30-2004, 07:50 PM
Who?

skabum651
10-30-2004, 10:36 PM
Venom8888

Dark Hero
10-30-2004, 11:41 PM
Very good exlanation bread :thumb:

Kaden
10-31-2004, 09:50 AM
Wow, man...your music taste has certainly changed since I started noticing you on here...Dream Theater boy!
I like to think of myself as open-minded, Bradley.

br3ad_man
10-31-2004, 04:26 PM
I'll bet you do.

Kaden
10-31-2004, 07:29 PM
I'll bet you do.
....Bradley.

br3ad_man
10-31-2004, 11:47 PM
You're mean to me :(

Bartender
11-01-2004, 11:09 AM
I'm just listening to Lamb's self-titled album for the first time. It's good stuff, so far.

Kaden
11-01-2004, 04:39 PM
You're mean to me :(
I've said that same thing to you like 8 times.


Bradley.

br3ad_man
11-02-2004, 01:07 AM
Except I'm not mean. The only "mean" thing I've ever said was not to hesitate if you wanted to redo your review of "Downward Spiral". So there.

Kaden
11-02-2004, 01:00 PM
Except I'm not mean. The only "mean" thing I've ever said was not to hesitate if you wanted to redo your review of "Downward Spiral". So there.
That was pretty mean though. The only thing I've ever done to you is call you by a misinterpretation of your name.


...Bradley.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
11-02-2004, 04:39 PM
I love trip-hop.

I've recently been getting into Portishead and Massive Attack.

br3ad_man
11-02-2004, 04:50 PM
^^^
Good work :)

That was pretty mean though. The only thing I've ever done to you is call you by a misinterpretation of your name.


...Bradley.

It wasn't intended to be mean :(. What about the time you said you loved me? :(

talk show host
11-02-2004, 05:20 PM
Good FG :thumb:

I've been listening to Tricky - Maxinquaye a lot recently and it has become my favourite trip-hop album to come out of Bristol.

Kaden
11-02-2004, 06:25 PM
It wasn't intended to be mean :(. What about the time you said you loved me? :(
:lol: When was that?



On a relevant note, I have a Best Buy gift card (They gave it to me because I returned my copy of Basement on a Hill. The song Little One wouldn't play), so I've been meaning to use it to get Dummy the first chance I get. Maybe tomorrow, who knows?

br3ad_man
11-04-2004, 12:08 AM
It was on some movies thread in The Pit. It went like this

I love you br3ad_man

:confused: I don't get whats going on!

Just declaring my hidden love for you

Oh ok, in that case I love you too

I dont really remember it, but that was the general vibe of it.


We've* totally killed this thread


*you've

gaslight
11-04-2004, 01:52 AM
Trip Hop = :cool:

Iai
11-04-2004, 02:27 PM
I'm just listening to Lamb's self-titled album for the first time. It's good stuff, so far.
I'd say Lamb's first two albums (s/t and Fear Of Fours) are the only ones really worth having. But I've never heard a Lamb album in full - I have a nasty habit of getting corrupted files, encoded viruses, or nasty scratches with their albums. :(

Tapeworm
11-05-2004, 09:17 AM
The newest album (Between Darkness and Wonder) is quite awesome in my opinion. 'Till the clouds clear' is one ofmy favourite Lamb songs, and it has a very nice feel to it. I really dig What Sound as well, because it has a calmer, more electronic feel to it. Lamb are one of my favourite artists ever.

Eccles
11-05-2004, 11:15 AM
Portishead's Dummy is one of my top all-time albums.

Bartender
11-05-2004, 10:00 PM
I'd say Lamb's first two albums (s/t and Fear Of Fours) are the only ones really worth having. But I've never heard a Lamb album in full - I have a nasty habit of getting corrupted files, encoded viruses, or nasty scratches with their albums. :(

Well I'm pretty sure that what I have is sound, so you could get it from me if you like.

enjoy_cai
11-06-2004, 05:38 AM
i think dj shadow's endtroducing is still the number 1 trip-hop album of all time :p

Tiamatty
11-06-2004, 06:22 AM
Portishead is my favourite band, though I prefer "Portishead" to "Dummy" - probably because I heard that one first. I guess the first album someone hears by Portishead is always their favourite.
I'm really getting into Hungry Lucy now, who define themselves as trip-hop. They're an underground American band with some awesome songs.
Trip-hop, for the most part, is something I like without getting excited about. I'll listen to it, but I'm not big on it. Very danceable genre, though.

LoveToSkank
11-12-2004, 08:51 AM
pardon my ignorance but I'm a fan of the Gorillaz and was under the impression that they are Trip-Hop. Have I been too influenced by MTV or is that correct?

Iai
11-12-2004, 04:08 PM
They have elements of trip-hop. Mainly due to the involvement of Dan The Automator.

Iai
11-15-2004, 08:08 AM
Shotgun on the next FG. :smash:

Bartender
11-15-2004, 08:09 AM
:smash:

manuscriptreplica
11-16-2004, 05:13 PM
:smash::smash::smash::smash::smash::smash::smash:


I downloaded Mezzanine, it's ok, I guess trip hop doesn't appeal to me

Bartender
11-16-2004, 08:26 PM
Fair enough. A bit of a shame, not really a problem though.

Iai
11-17-2004, 02:20 AM
:smash::smash::smash::smash::smash::smash::smash:
:lol: I love that.

Happymeal
11-17-2004, 05:41 AM
Just wanted to say that Becoming X is a great album:thumb:

Too bad they ditched the female singer soon after..

Iai
11-17-2004, 08:53 AM
Becoming X is fantastic.

SalomeHigher
11-18-2004, 02:43 PM
i really like portishead's live album.

this is a little different, but cypress hill's 'temples of boom' is really trippy, and i like it.

MetalMan882
11-28-2004, 02:40 PM
This thread deserves to be revived.

I'm suprised Sharpshooters hasn't been mentioned yet. They're more hip-hop with a trip-hop feel.

manuscriptreplica
11-28-2004, 04:56 PM
Shotgun on the next FG. :smash:


When will you be doing that, because I want to do one as well :D

Kaden
11-28-2004, 05:13 PM
I just ordered Unkle's Psyence Fiction and Tricky's Masinquaye (or whatever)

Christopher Walken's #1 Fan
11-29-2004, 08:33 PM
I'm trying to get a classmate into trip-hop. What should I put on the Mix CD?

Christopher Walken's #1 Fan
11-29-2004, 08:35 PM
So far I have Risingson, Teardrop, Exchange and Angel by MA
and Sour Times, Mysterons, Biscuit and Pedestal by Portishead.

Iai
11-30-2004, 05:59 AM
When will you be doing that, because I want to do one as well :D
My FG is gonna take a while (you'll see why). Feel free to do one in the interim. Mine'll probably be another week at least.

talk show host
11-30-2004, 06:06 AM
I just ordered Unkle's Psyence Fiction and Tricky's Masinquaye (or whatever)

Maxinquaye is amazing :thumb:

Iai
11-30-2004, 06:07 AM
So far I have Risingson, Teardrop, Exchange and Angel by MA
and Sour Times, Mysterons, Biscuit and Pedestal by Portishead.
Get rid of Exchange and put Protection.

Add Radiohead's Talk Show Host. Then some Lamb, Tricky, Sneaker Pimps (Six Underground, I'd say), and throw in some Buck 65 just in case. Oh, and DJ Shadow is a must.

LordDargon
11-30-2004, 06:46 AM
When are you guys going to do one of these on Experimental Hyper Ultra Brutal Death Metal?

Iai
11-30-2004, 01:23 PM
Why don't you do one?

manuscriptreplica
12-01-2004, 01:03 AM
So you can do technical death metal in this forum?

Zing

Happymeal
12-01-2004, 05:16 AM
Is Protection underrated? I don't see it mentioned very often here, and me peeps back home seem to like it more than Mezzanine.

talk show host
12-01-2004, 07:32 AM
There are some great songs on Protection like 'Karmacoma' and 'Eurochild' but I don't think it's on a par with Mezzanine or Blue Lines as a whole.

Christopher Walken's #1 Fan
12-01-2004, 02:29 PM
Get rid of Exchange and put Protection.

Add Radiohead's Talk Show Host. Then some Lamb, Tricky, Sneaker Pimps (Six Underground, I'd say), and throw in some Buck 65 just in case. Oh, and DJ Shadow is a must.Give me some specific songs for those artists, and you can read my username, which is not trying to be suckup-like as much as an earnest opinion.

Iai
12-02-2004, 08:50 AM
Tricky - Black Steel, You Don't Wanna
Sneaker Pimps - Six Underground
Buck 65 - 463, The Centaur
DJ Shadow - Stem/Long Stem

Lamb, I ain't that big on.

Try Morcheeba - World Looking In, too.

Happymeal
12-03-2004, 05:04 AM
Lamb - Gorecki

edit: to Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken's #1 Fan
12-03-2004, 03:25 PM
You guys are great. What do you say we start a forum for other music? Seperate from MX.

AfroMan
12-04-2004, 01:33 PM
Cool FG Bread:cool:

Concrete Rapture
12-05-2004, 07:42 AM
On the subject of Sneaker Pimps;
Becoming X is NOT the definitive, nor even representitive album. It features Kelli on vocals. Kelli was only on the one album, and that was the worst they have released, being like a sub-par Massive Attack. Splinter, their 1999 album features guitarist Chris Corner on vocals, as does 2003's Bloodsport. Both of these are a better standard and more original than Becoming X (quick guide; Becoming X = female vocals, Splinter & Bloodsport = not).

Also, check out Chris's solo album, IAMX - Kiss & Swallow ( www.iamx.co.uk ).
It's sleazy, dirty trip-hop-ish electro stuff, and top quality.

First post. Hello.

manuscriptreplica
12-08-2004, 05:33 AM
My FG is gonna take a while (you'll see why). Feel free to do one in the interim. Mine'll probably be another week at least.


:smash:

Get there

Iai
12-08-2004, 03:06 PM
On the subject of Sneaker Pimps;
Becoming X is NOT the definitive, nor even representitive album. It features Kelli on vocals. Kelli was only on the one album, and that was the worst they have released, being like a sub-par Massive Attack. Splinter, their 1999 album features guitarist Chris Corner on vocals, as does 2003's Bloodsport. Both of these are a better standard and more original than Becoming X (quick guide; Becoming X = female vocals, Splinter & Bloodsport = not).

Also, check out Chris's solo album, IAMX - Kiss & Swallow ( www.iamx.co.uk ).
It's sleazy, dirty trip-hop-ish electro stuff, and top quality.

First post. Hello.
I disagree. Kelli's vocals are great, and the band miss them on later efforts. Splinter is definitely worth having, mind. I wasn't too keen on Bloodsport. Though it's a while since I heard either of the last two - I only have them on tape.

Iai
12-08-2004, 03:06 PM
:smash:

Get there
It's a split FA and FG. :( It's mahoosive.

Kingofdudes
03-09-2005, 08:44 PM
http://www.myspace.com/godsotherdevil

They claim to be trip-hop, but I want one of you guys to verify since I haved heard any trip-hop before.

Det_Nosnip
03-10-2005, 03:32 AM
Would some of the later stuff by the Gathering be considered trip-hoppish?

For example:
http://3voor12.vpro.nl/3voor12/groups/index.jsp?groups=2069687

Click on the "Even the Spirits Are Afraid" video (2nd link, with picture of Anneke).

Iai
03-10-2005, 05:19 AM
^I'd class Saturnine as trip-hop.

I'll check out the MySpace thing when I get home.

Det_Nosnip
03-10-2005, 01:31 PM
Saturnine? Really...that song seemed a bit too rock orientated, what with the distorted guitars and everything. There are alot of samples and electronic sounds, though I suppose. I think the group's been labeled "trip-rock," which would make sense.

Iai
03-10-2005, 01:38 PM
I got Saturnine because it was described to me as trip-hop. I didn't see a reason to argue with that after I heard it.

I just mentioned it because it was the first thing to come to mind with The Gathering. My version of IfThenElse got deleted. :(

Det_Nosnip
03-10-2005, 04:16 PM
Aaaah! That's terrible, that's such an incredible album...if you need me to send it to you, I can.

Iai
03-10-2005, 04:24 PM
I'm getting a new hard-drive soon. The one I have now is on its last legs.....it just gives up when a certain amount of space is taken up, so I'm not putting any music on i for fear of losing college work.

When I get my new hard-drive I'm gonna get it again. Unless I find it on sale before then.

Deathapalooza04
03-10-2005, 11:37 PM
Lately I've been listening to Subway Series by Ming + Fs. It's slowly growing on me.

Some other good groups/albums:

Thievery Corporation - Mirror Conspiracy
Zero 7 - Simple Things
Kruder & Dorfmeister - The K&D Sessions
RjD2 - Deadringer (might be a little on the hip-hop side of trip-hop, good stuff though)

coolschmool
03-11-2005, 09:59 AM
Massive Attack and Dj Shadow rock my socks.

Good thread!

Mmm Digital
02-27-2006, 05:42 AM
Lamb RULE ALL ! - Lamb are one of my favourite bands of all time i think they are truely amazing!

Would anyone consider Bjork trip hop? Personally I would - her stuff has the range and chilled outness of the genre i think :-)

Tom Race
www.myspace.com/tomrace
"Industrial Underground Trip Hop Pop with a hint of Drum and Bass"

antiant
02-27-2006, 05:26 PM
am i the only one who finds this thread some what disappointing? i mean when it comes to trip hop yes massive attack, portishead, tricky and that Bristol sound are the staples of the genre, but there is so much trip hop out there...you guys need to check out this site http://www.triphop-music.com/ there's slews of the shyt all over the world sometimes you have to get away from the people who are more commonly known or popular and look else where to broaden your horizons anyways hope this helps you guys find some new sounds in trip hop, i've got some of those people on the list (not much yet) but if anyone wants to hear some samples let me know and i'll post it for you guys to hear (that is if i have that particular band/group/artist)...but don't limit trip hop to massive attack and so on it gets quite annoying at times (even though sometimes it's necessary to explain) explore a bit :thumb: oh yeah and although he's nowhere mentioned on the site check out DJ Krush (definitely some good stuff there) he's more on the hip hop side of trip hop with instrumentals but well worth to check out

Bartender
02-27-2006, 05:47 PM
It's just a featured article. An introduction to the genre. It's not supposed to be a comprehensive database of artists or anything.

antiant
02-27-2006, 05:57 PM
gotcha

PalestinianJew
03-11-2006, 08:01 AM
Hey check out some downtempo , and some hip-hop on this site :
www.ramallahunderground.com
some wicked beats...

DjChew
03-12-2006, 10:28 PM
Alright guys...First of all...I'm new on this so if I'm posting this in the wrong area...Please don't be too pissy with me....Now that I've said that...

I've been listening to Trip-hop, downtempo, acid jazz, etc. for about a year now and I'm looking to take music production courses as soon as I get the cash to....So in the mean time I figured I mine as well start producing my own beats and instrumentals...Unfortunately I'm only fluent on the drums, which means any strings or keyboard or whatever, comes out sounding pretty bad.

So heres my point....I was wondering if anyone who listens to trip-hop, downtempo, etc. could give me some advice on other instruments or even form a little internet collabo or something it would be greatly appriciated.

If I'm totally out of my league please tell me so...I was just looking for something to help me with producing and bounce ideas around.

Input is appriciated and if anyone wants to get back to me email or message me on MSN at batman_675@hotmail.com

Thanks