NPR has a really fascinating look at the rise of Trip Hop, starting from its humble origins in Bristol, UK. It’s written in a romantic and nostalgic way, and includes language so pregnant with meaning it may actually need a c-section before you’re finished reading the article. Case in point:
The sensuous groove fulfilled a timeless human need for a bass-heavy sound to touch the secret recesses of the imagination and lure our dreamworld onto the dance floor. Trip-hop was tailor-made for the moment — and it happens every night — when a bopper wants to get tender. Or when domestic listeners seek to wander within themselves.
It’s still a pretty great read, especially if you’re like me and still love to wander the streets with some Massive Attack whenever you start feeling introspective.