Massive Attack 1991, like a UFO coming from nowhere, invented a genre later called trip hop with its Blue Line record. A collective, The Wild Bunch mixed dub, hip hop, soul and jazz, using a revolutionary instrument the S series Akai sampler. This record was a shock. A bomb that spread over a whole generation.
Influenced by this new sound, young musicians bought samplers and created bands. DYI again, just like the punk generation. A rebound in musical history worth exploring. Trip hop artists just like the punks did not study music at school, they just had loads to say. They used their record collections, their samplers and synthesizers to rap and dub, and changed the face of sound production.
Some of those songs became classics, like Massive Attack’s Safe from harm, Tricky’s « Overcome », Neneh Cherry’s Woman and of course Portishead’s Glory box.
So Trip Hop was born in Bristol...a story that has started in the 80’s with the pioneers Mark Stewart, Smith and Mighty and of course Neneh Cherry and Cameron McVey. But the sound spread with the british bands Morcheeba, Archive, Lamb and later Goldfrapp and Zero 7.
Jay-Jay Johanson from Sweden used it, Hooverphonic from Belgium, Kid Loco from France, Kruder & Dorfmeister in Germany, Thievery Corporation in USA.
Now, try to imagine those 90’s songs the way they could have been recorded as movie soundtracks from the 60’s...You can’t? Marc Collin, producer of the Nouvelle Vague project has done it for you.