Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Playlist of the Month - A Lesson in Trip-Hop

Fall is here, and that's when my musical tastes begin to transition to trip-hop sounds.  Back in the 90s, while all of my high school friends were busy adoring Kurt Cobain and other grunge groups, I was just starting to get into the trip-hop scene.  More specifically, I was getting into Massive Attack.  Later, I became a huge fan of the genre and fell in love with other trip-hop staples, such as Tricky, Zero 7, Portishead, DJ Shadow, UNKLE, Morcheeba, and other newer groups that have surfaced.  But, at it's core, trip-hop will always be dominated by Massive Attack.  These guys just keep pumping out amazing material.  If you've never heard of any of these groups, and don't know much about trip-hop, then you're missing out on some of the best music ever created.

I have put together a new playlist of songs that I tend to enjoy by these groups, as well as by some relatively unknown artists.  This list is definitely a good starter, but is by no means complete (I have an "ultimate trip-hop" mix that contains around 300 songs!).

Have a listen, and let me know what you think!

1) A Necessary End - Saltillo
2) Teardrop - Massive Attack
3) Lionheart - Emancipator
4) Aftermath - Tricky
5) Culture of Fear - Thievery Corporation
6) Destiny - Zero 7
7) Everywhen - Massive Attack
8) Black Steel - Tricky
9) Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul) - DJ Shadow
10) Pray for Rain - Massive Attack
11) Glory Box - Portishead
12) A Hair on the Head of John the Baptist - Saltillo
13) Lonely Soul - UNKLE
14) Kiara - Bonobo
15) Moog Island - Morcheeba
16) Paradise Circus - Massive Attack
17) Giving Up the Ghoast - DJ Shadow
18) Burn My Shadow - UNKLE
19) Black Sands - Bonobo
20) Incantations - Massive Attack
21) Every Day - Tricky
22) Six Days - DJ Shadow
23) Mandala - Thievery Corporation
24) Rabbit in Your Headlights - UNKLE
25) Roads - Portishead
26) Danny the Dog - Massive Attack


  1. Awesome list! Some of these are new to me and I will have to acquire them ASAP. Also, I would add some Alif Tree, Blue Sky Black Death, Lamb, Little People, Telepopmusik, and Wax Tailor to the list.

  2. I definitely agree with many of those choices -- Lamb is a good one. I also realized the list is also missing Archive, some of whose discography only recently made it to the US iTunes.


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