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Portishead

Portishead may not have invented trip-hop, but they were among the first to popularize it, particularly in America. Taking their cue from the slow, elastic beats that dominated Massive Attack's Blue Lines and adding elements of cool jazz, acid house, and soundtrack music, Portishead created an atmospheric, alluringly dark sound. The group wasn't as avant-garde as Tricky, nor as tied to dance traditions as Massive Attack; instead, it wrote evocative pseudo-cabaret pop songs that subverted their conventional… Show more

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April 29, 2008 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Joe Gross

Few bands exited the 1990s with as much good will as Portishead. Along with Tricky’s equally seismic “Maxinquaye,” the band’s 1994 debut “Dummy” virtually defined the “trip-hop” genre. Muted, cinematic break-beats, a stalker atmosphere of sexually charged anxiety, distant vocals, alternately cold and alluring - “Dummy” had it all. The band made a decent follow-up in ‘97, an orchestral live album, then vanished. Brilliant!

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