Bris­tol sounds: then and now

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Cover Story -

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.

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