Electronic / Trip Hop
Music plays an important part in my day to day activities. When I wake up at 7am to go for a run, it's primordial that I make sure to have enough battery on my iPhone to listen some music while getting at it. In fact, I tried once without and it wasn't the same at all... Even, when I do the dishes, late at night as well, it just makes everything more enjoyable and makes the time flies.
It is a necessary need! The only time when I do not listen music is when I read. That being said, the second post is dedicated to it. Every week I will upload some of my favourite tracks by genre. Hope you'll enjoy the first one & by the same time your day!
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1. Morcheeba "Big Calm" | (click to listen) ♬ .01
"Realizing that trip-hop was a dead end, at least as far as hipness goes, Morcheeba expanded their sonic palette on their second album, Big Calm. Trip-hop and dance rhythms remain, but the trio has spent more time writing songs, crafting an album where pop, lounge, film soundtracks, reggae, jazz, and electronica all peacefully coexist. Consequently, Big Calm is a stylistic tour de force, evidence that Morcheeba have turned into a mature, sophisticated group with impeccable taste.Occasionally, the album can sound a little distant, as if the fusions and productions were more important than the actual songs, but the trio is so musically adept, and Skye Edwards' voice is so enchanting, that Big Calm become irresistible in its own way."
2. Tosca "Suzuki" | (click to listen) ♬ .01
"First press since original release in 2000, Suzuki is the second studio album by Austrian downtempo / trip-hop duo Tosca, released by Studio !K7 and G-Stone Recor- dings in 2000. Unlike many of Tosca's subsequent relea- ses, Suzuki is essentially an instrumental album, with vocal samples integrated throughout, but in such a way that they become a part of the instrumentation."
3. Portishead "Dummy" | (click to listen) ♬ .01
"Portishead’s Dummy may have been one of the most critically-fawned-over albums of the 1990s, but its smoky, late-night ambience also made it the perfect accompaniment to delicious soirées. This remains a source of great consternation to its makers. Speaking to The Guardian last year, band member Geoff Barrow complained, “You’re writing music because you’re really concerned about certain things and then it gets put on to entertain twats at trendy fondue dinner parties.”
"Alpha--Corin Dingley and Andy Jenks--are among the best of the trip-hop generation. Signed to Massive Attack's Melankolic label, their debut owes debts to Scott Walker, Burt Bacharach, and John Martyn, weaving shreds and swatches into something new. Yes, it is downbeat, the kind of music for long, lonely nights, but it is absolutely perfect for those nights. Guest vocalists help out as Dingley and Jenks manipulate the sounds and the strings, fill it all out beautifully. Crafted and inspired, one of '97's standouts. --Chris Nickson"
5. Cocteau Twins "Four-Calendar Café" | (click to listen) ♬ .01
"Hailing from the U.K., Lamb includes elements of acid jazz, drum n' bass, dub, lounge and Portishead-like hypnotic vocals. Rooted in the clubs but with tremendous pop sensibilities, Louise Rhodes and Andrew Barlow have created a harmonious amalgam of voice and machinery. To continue in the evolution of the sounds of Tricky, L.T.J. Bukam and Goldy, Lamb brings the subtle traces of English folk, rock, urban blues and even chamber music to their self-titled debut album."
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6. Everything but the Girl "Walking Wounded" | (click to listen) ♬ .01
"Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn of Everything but the Girl have done their share of style-hopping, from jazz pop to Britpop to orchestral pop to contemporary R&B to jazzy R&B. Their seventh album, 1996's Walking Wounded, finds the duo landing, good as new, onto the dance floor with a batch of songs based around techno-derived beats."
"Sensual and delicious female vocals are the main feature of Mono. Lyrics are accordingly romantic and sweetly poetical: “The stranger sang a theme from someone else’s dream. The leaves began to fall and no one spoke at all but I can’t seem to recall when you came along. Ingénue, Ingénue, I just don’t know what to do.” ‘Ingénue’ isn’t a word from pop lexicon and the whole album carries the mood and refinement of the late autumn. “So many times, I've tried to make you understand, you never tried to see behind my smile. If I didn't know you like I do I'd get you into the secret in me. I'm smiling while lying to you. If you only knew” – it comes out straight from a woman’s heart."
"This is the first solo release from American-born and Paris-based Lisa Papineau. Having grown-up playing the flute and oboe in Rhode Island, Papineau moved coasts several times and collaborated with everyone from the Rentals to Air to Rage Against the Machines Tim Commerford. On Night Moves Papineaus sound is more akin to that of French electro than Rages politicised rock. The French influence can be traced directly to her Parisian surroundings and band-mates Thomas Huiban and Matthieu LeSenechal. Together theyve created an album that plays as though a song in its entirety, the individual tracks are seamlessly sewn together by Papineaus breathy vocals and the clever arrangement of Spanish guitar, synthesisers and handclaps."
9. Lamb "Lamb" | (click to listen) ♬ .01
"Hailing from the U.K., Lamb includes elements of acid jazz, drum n' bass, dub, lounge and Portishead-like hypnotic vocals. Rooted in the clubs but with tremendous pop sensibilities, Louise Rhodes and Andrew Barlow have created a harmonious amalgam of voice and machinery. To continue in the evolution of the sounds of Tricky, L.T.J. Bukam and Goldy, Lamb brings the subtle traces of English folk, rock, urban blues and even chamber music to their self-titled debut album. 1st single/video: "Goreki."
10. Massive Attack "Mezzanine" | (click to listen) ♬ .01
"Mezzanine is full of their trademark darkness, and this is what attracts me to this album. The production is flawless and every beat, every lyric is delivered so smoothly you’d think you were imagining these sounds from the darkest regions of your damaged mind. This is an album you listen to while your splayed out on your mates couch (spliff optional) or while your waiting at a bus stop in the rain. This is an album you will listen to again and again until either your stereo breaks down or you will."
— Albums reviews from the interweb.