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Nightmares on Wax NOW Is the Time

Nightmares On Wax “N.O.W. Is The Time” – Album Review

Warp (2014)

One of dance music’s true innovators, Leeds-based producer George Evelyn, aka Nightmares On Wax, virtually invented the smoky chill-out subgenre that became known as trip-hop. But as evident by N.O.W. Is The Time, a two-disc compilation released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of both his first album and the equally pioneering Warp label to which he’s signed, there has always been more to his talents than late-night grooves. Indeed, those […]


Neneh Cherry Blank Project

Neneh Cherry “Blank Project” – Album Review

Smalltown Supersound (2014)

An astonishing 18 years have passed since Swedish pop trailblazer Neneh Cherry last released a solo album. But the predecessor to M.I.A., Santigold and every other genre-bending female artist of the last two decades certainly hasn’t spent the gap relying solely on the royalties from “Buffalo Stance.” As well as guesting on records by 1 Giant Leap, Gorillaz and Kleerup, Eagle-Eye’s sister joined the experimental jazz outfit inspired by her […]


Morcheeba Head Up High

Morcheeba “Head Up High” – Album Review

PIAS (2013)

Renowned for possessing a much sunnier disposition than their trip-hop peers Portishead, Tricky and Massive Attack, Morcheeba return arguably more cheerful than ever with Head Up High, their eighth studio album and their second since reuniting with their original vocalist Skye Edwards. Indeed, the follow-up to 2011’s Blood Like Lemonade is arguably the London trio’s most playful effort to date thanks to an inspired list of collaborators which perfectly complement […]


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Tricky “False Idols” – Album Review

False Idols (2013)

Once part of the holy trinity of Bristol trip-hop alongside Portishead and Massive Attack, Tricky has since tainted his legacy with a string of twenty-first century releases that were either unfocused, self-indulgent or both, and a bizarre mumbling appearance at Beyonce’s Glastonbury set which he went onto admit was the most embarrassing moment of his life. Expectations for False Idols, his tenth studio effort and the first on his own label, […]


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Kosheen “Independence”: Album Review

Kosheen Recordings (2012)

A late addition to the Bristol scene which spawned the likes of Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky, Kosheen graced both dancefloors and dinner parties with their sophisticated blend of trip-hop, gothic synth-pop and drum & bass on 2001 debut Resist. However, their subsequent two releases saw them ditch the ProTools and pick up their guitars in a slightly misguided attempt to become the next Texas. Perhaps buoyed by the success […]


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Introducing: Seasfire

Hailing from the same city that produced the trip-hop elite of Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky, Bristolian four-piece Seasfire’s blend of textured electronica and downbeat melodies appears just as tailor-made for the 4-am post-party comedown as their nocturnal predecessors. Formed whilst at school/college, the quartet’s fondness for swapping mix-tapes and DJing at each other’s parties eventually resulted in them buying a bunch of broken computers and second-hand studio equipment, where […]


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Introducing: Jess Mills

There’s been much made over the fact that Jess Mills, the daughter of Labour Member of Parliament Tessa Jowell, has embraced the world of dubstep, drum n’ bass and trip-hop with such style. As if it’s unfathomable that anyone associated with the world of politics could possibly have anything in common with a sound synonymous with pirate radio stations and London council estates. Not that the 30-year-old should have to […]


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Delilah – From The Roots Up

From Emeli Sande’s Heaven to Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die, several of 2012’s biggest breakthrough female artists have flirted with the timeless trip-hop sounds of Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky. But with From the Roots Up, 21-year-old French-born chanteuse Delilah is perhaps the first to commit to an entire album of such dark soulful electronica. Co-written with a rather random selection of collaborators, including former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows, […]