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  • Trip Hop

    The one thing that all, or at least most, Trip Hop artists have in common, apart from their musical style, is that they all have the same hate for the name ‘Trip Hop.’ This has been called a phenomena, by other sources, but if your name went from something classy like the Bristol Sound, or something cool like, Bristol Acid Rap… to Trip Hop, wouldn’t you be a little pissed? So instead, it’s Trip Hop, the name for a unique sound, naturally, like all good music, developed in the UK. Trip Hop was influenced by the Hip Hop and House scenes, after they had evolved into a slower, and more solemn form of electronic sound.

    In the 1990’s, when Hip Hop in America was beginning to take off, it started to invade the music scene in England as well. There, Trip Hop first emerged in Bristol, where its original name came from, that is, the Bristol Sound; Bristol Acid Rap. The DJs in Bristol put a more laid-back, low, and down tempo spin on American Hip Hop, and formed a new genre. Some of the artists that influenced Trip Hop the most in the eighties were those of Acid Jazz, Jamaican Dub, and Electronica, while also taking inspiration from Marxman as well. Some examples of Trip Hop artists from the 90’s are Massive Attack, Moloko, Portishead, Tricky, Björk, Thievery Corporation, Amon Tobin, and Howie B. Morcheeba.

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