it's too good
it's too nice
she makes me finish too quick
is it love?
no not love
she turns my sexual trick
she says she's mine, i know she lies
first, i scream, then i cry
take a second of me
you beckon, i'll bleed
she suffocates me
she suffocates me with suggestion
i asked 'do you feel the same?'
and later on, maybe
i'll tell you my real name
-- Tricky, Suffocated Love
They say trip-hop is dead, but it really isn't much different than the large number of misinformed people still using the word "rave" Stateside. Bristol, U.K.-born trip-hop, however, with its creeping, sexy melancholy, is too sneaky to be dead, slinking under the radar and manifesting itself again in bands like Spooky, Mudville, and even Burial. As for the old stuff, it lives on through people who cherish those incredible albums that came out in the late 90s; Massive Attack's Mezzanine (a group to which Tricky often contributed); Portishead's Dummy (easily No. 1); Sneaker Pimps' Becoming X; Sade's Love Deluxe; DJ Shadow's Entroducing... and the list goes on. Though other classifications like "downtempo" and "ambient" blurred trip-hop's boundaries, there's no question about which artist became its face: Tricky's sludgy, oozing vocal made him at once an unmistakable icon of the genre (which happens to be one of my favorites - can you tell?).
(Jump to the next page to listen to some great trip-hop tracks).
1. Bowery Electric - Freedom Fighter
2. Massive Attack - Protection (remix)
3. Boards Of Canada - In A Beautiful Place
4. Moloko - Day For Night
5. Portishead - Sour Times
6. Portishead - Machine Gun
7. Weekend Players - Jericho
8. Morcheeba - Get Along
9. Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground
10. DJ Shadow - Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt
Other notable artists to check out: Bonobo, Esthero, Everything But The Girl, Ananda Project, Kruder & Dorfmeister, DJ Cam, DJ Krush, Ror-Shak (DNB DJ DB's side-project), Supreme Beings Of Leisure