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On this day in 1994, an album was released that encapsulated what was known back then as “the Bristol Sound”. Trip hop was in its infancy and I don’t know if the term had even been coined at that stage – even though the main players all hated it when it was – but it existed and it drew on elements from multiple genres, including hip hop, funk, dub and sprinkle of psychedelia.
When Dummy was released I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. I was 14 and already well into hip hop, so there was plenty of stuff within the record that intrigued me, like the scratching on Mysterons or the beats on Strangers and Glory Box. But for the most part I was unsure. I think it probably took another year or so for me to fully appreciate its importance; then as with most things like that, I got obsessed with it. This was pre-internet so all my knowledge came from the liner notes and Geoff Barrow’s interviews.

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Something a bit different today, but something that needs to be shared. My fellow Bristolians, Portishead, yesterday released a video in tribute to Jo Cox. If you’re outside the UK, Jo was an MP who was shot and killed last week, triggered an outpouring of grief from the public, in part because of her liberal stance on matters such as the refugee crisis and immigration. Read the rest of this entry »