|bgill's Trip Hop journey (need recs)|
A la Boney's shoegaze journey, I'll take a bunch of trip hop recs and write up blurbs and ratings for them. I already know most of the classics but feel free to rec some you may think too obvious.
The Private Press
This album is so incredibly overlooked simply because Endtroducing... is such a perfect moment of music history. It took me about a year of knowing the name DJ Shadow before I realized he even had another album. This second outing coming 6 years after the masterpiece deserves a bit more credit than it gets. It isn't Endtroducing... but what is? This is still an incredible display of creativity and vision in production and sampling to make a really awesome trip hop album.
Morning Dove White
Me. I'd be all over this if I could find a stream.
At first glance, this band may seem like another Portishead ripoff. The female vocalist over trip-hop beats automatically assumes that position I guess when the example set by Portishead was so strong. However, that comparison really goes no deeper than that. Bringing in sounds from Asian wind instruments to jazz bass and vibraphones, this group certainly has a unique creative vision. They are able to turn their influences into something new and exciting rather than copies in another style. Also, the vocalist sounds like a cross between Stevie Nicks and Beth Gibbons with a flair I can't quite place rather than sounding like a Gibbons copycat. Godbless is a killer track.
JustJoe + Papa Universe
|14||Red Giant (USA-NJ)|
The debut EP from a modern, Bandcamp trip hop duo. I use the adjective modern here with intention as it consist of beats not stuck in the 90's but more reflective of today's hip hop. This makes it sound more fresh and interesting, and the vocalist is talented as well.
|15||Red Giant (USA-NJ)|
The follow up EP they did here continued the modernity with even thicker, heavier production. This one has a seriously strong vibe to it that makes it stand out in today's trip hop scene (if that even really exists). Some of the vocal choices weren't my favorite here but the vocalist is still talented and the production is top notch.
A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Give You The Ghost
At War With Walls And Mazes
Haul Ar Yr Eira
Papa Universe (band is Parera Elsewhere, album is All of This)
|29||Nightmares On Wax|
|30||Nightmares On Wax|
From the Deep
The Mirror Conspiracy
Sounds of the Satellites
Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents
|44||Lilacs and Champagne|
Danish and Blue
|45||Lilacs and Champagne|
Midnight Features Vol. 1: Shower Scene
So this EP had very little trip hop influence, but considering the limited pool for recs here, I'll write it up anyway. The first track started out with a psyched-out feel over a trip hop type beat that was pretty nice. After that is was mainly a psychedelic rock album with a lot of electronic elements. Pretty good stuff though
|46||Lilacs and Champagne|
Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made Flesh
The sequel LP to Vol. 1 had a lot more trip hop in it, and turned out to be a really interesting blend of psychedelic and trip hop. There weren't many shining moments of genius, but it was quite an enjoyable experiment nonetheless.
|47||London Funk Allstars|
London Funk Volume 1
Nothing Follows, Nothing Stays
Breath from Another
Psychic 9-5 Club
Music By Cavelight
Blue Wonder Power Milk
Tales of the Forgotten Melodies
So this one is a more spaced out version of trip hop. Very chill and pretty dark. Part of the way they create this sound is through production and a bit of droning repetition. This repetition I'm not such a huge fan of though because it makes the album feel very style-over-substance in terms of the writing. Some great songs (like Fear of Flying, yes) but not an album I'd actively listen to or revisit in entirety very often.
When It Falls
|69||Everybody Loves Irene|
The Very First Thing You Must Learn About Flying..
Tales Of Us
For Sleepyheads Only
I’ve Been Here the Longest
Music for Babies
Me, Before Competition (BC)
Female vocalist wisps over trip hop beats. Sounds pretty predictable but considering Allison was active with One Dove before Portishead's Dummy, this isn't just a copycat act. Leaning more towards a downtempo aesthetic, Allison crafts some very chill moments that go from overtly sensual to basking in the, well, afterglow. Colour Me and Message Personnel are perfect songs.
While this isn't completely Trip Hop, there's an underlying mix throughout that album that give it that same feel. While moments like the Rock the Casbah mix and The Party's Just Begun aren't the best, perfect songs like the closer, Deliver Me, make the whole thing quite worth it.
Papa Universe BC
Papa Universe BC
Cold Water Music
We Are Science
Soon It Will Be Cold Enough
|92||Kruder and Dorfmeister|
The K&D Sessions