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Portishead

1994
Go! Beat

It was never really the case that Portishead single handedly invented trip-hop, not when so many Bristol compatriots and forebears had collectively worked up a mood and flow over the years, but the blazing, instant success of “Sour Times (Nobody Loves Me)” put an unmissable stamp on both their work and music more widely. The teaming of Geoff Barrow and Beth Gibbons, with Adrian Utley’s key help, combined hip-hop, John Barry nods, coolly blues-tinged singing and moody vibes galore — and many followed.

Ned Raggett

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