Bristol sounds: then and now
Massive Attack’s Blue Lines lit the touch paper for Bristol’s 1990s renaissance. Geoff Barrow cut his teeth working as a tape-op on the album, and Tricky (below) collaborated with the band, going on to make his own fame via the seminal album Maxinquaye. Bristol is associated with the slow, languid beats of trip-hop, but the city also is home to the frenetic drum ’n’ bass rhythms of Roni Size/Reprazent.
New albums from Portishead, Massive Attack and Tricky may be a flashback to Bristol’s 1990s heyday, but there’s still plenty of new musicto be found in the Avon city. Two members of Kasabian are from Bristol, and The Transpersonals are keeping the city safe for Beatlesque psychedelia. Local girl Martina Topley-Bird, who sang on Maxinquaye, has finished recording her much-anticipated second album, The Blue God. Hip-hop is well represented by DJ Parker, who is signed to Rocstar Recordings and hosts a show on XFM South Wales. And if you’re looking for a worthy successor to the 1990s crew, try musician/ producer/ artist Jimmy Galvin, who heads up the System Vertigo project, and has worked with members of Portishead.