WHEN Massive Attack came on the British dance-music scene in 1991 with its debut album, ''Blue Lines,'' the group's bass-heavy beats and brooding spirit of introspection became the sonic blueprint for trip-hop ... evolve with long instrumental passages.
I’m not really interested in hearing them on modern style rap beats ... when a song could sound good in a few different genres. For example, the song “Slow Down” that we did. It started off as a house song that then went into a trip-hop, kinda.
This week we’ll tune in to the incredibly diverse field of ambient electronic beat music. From chillout and chillwave to dubstep and trip hop, jazz, instrumental hip hop, and elements of funk and soul, this genre unites many musical impulses and we cover.
Sacred Crates created its instrumental ... trip hop, the samples anchor the back beats and give a nod to the creativity of Sacred Crates. The longest track on the album by far is “Billy Ocean,” and it also falls into the eerie and mystical category.
“Three Rings” A buzzing, climbing track, fueled by a near trip-hop clatter of a beat, this song rises with a tentative ... who assists on the instrumental closer, “Ballad Tendered Gun,” and guitarist Keller Williams who guests on the fittingly.
The sound is nostalgic too, a kind of Caledonian trip-hop of circa 1995 vintage, and the incessant retro styling of the music cuts through as much as his wistful and literate lyricism on 'Wet Wednesday Pt 2''s blend of DJ Shadow beats and Justin Timberlake.
The veteran producer (born Tony Simon) has an unexpected ease about him, which is ironic considering he’s been building intricate layers into his beats ... instrumental hip-hop? “I think there is because I think there is a place for instrumental music.
Saturn has long been a champion of androgynous self-expression, with a vibrant presence as a dancer and self-styled fashion icon in the Bay Area’s LGBTQ nightlife scene well before they started making music ... beat, calling to mind the trip-hop.
These artists and their respective music are certainly ... everything from uptempo beats with some bounce to them to laid-back, sample-based production. The potential for greatness is apparent on this brief project, so hop on the $ushii bandwagon while.
It’s right there in genre names: acid house, k-house (as in ketamine—think of the most vaporous DJ Koze or Ricardo Villalobos tracks), and maybe the most unbeloved genre name ever: trip-hop ... hated dance beats and wanted real music like Seven.