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A genre tag which is completely concerned with the beat which, as far as I hear it, stutters, drags and trips in slow to mid-tempo BPMs. I use the term Tripbeat as opposed to the widely recognized Trip-Hop genre, in order to incorporate styles outwith Trip-Hop for example “The Seer Returns” by Swans, “Walking In My Shoes” by Depeche Mode, “Fools Gold” by The Stone Roses. Certain bass-heavy tracks may land in the closely related Dubbeat genre, whilst decidedly Hip Hop beats land with the Hip Hop / Rap tag.

The Jukebox Pick (of 984):

 Temple Head [album version]

 (Tim Whelan, Hamilton Lee, Nick Page, R. Harris)

 Transglobal Underground

 10.0 out of 10 “All-time classic” Tripbeat

 From their album “Dream Of 100 Nations (Nation Records NR021-CD) released in October, 1993. Since first being released as their debut single in '91, the piece had appeared in several different mixes, but the album version of '93 shades it for me. “Now coming from a different hemisphere we bring you... global music” was the opening salvo on the album; veering from the dark to the light, these exotic textures seemed multi-continental, but were still very much a positive by-product of London in the 1990s. “The kind of record that makes you proud to be an Earthling” said the Melody Maker when naming it their single of the week, a quote which says so much. At the heart of the multi-cultural vision were three producers; Tim 'Kasiek' Whelan and Hamilton 'Mantu' Lee (both ex-Furniture) and Nick 'Dubulah' Page, all of whom adopted these mysterious psuedonyms, very much in keeping with the theatrical nature of their creative endeavour. They slowed down hip-hop, sped up dub and, as their website puts it: “‘Temple Head’ caused delight and confusion in equal measure. DJs such as Andy Weatherall Danny Rampling and Monkey Pilot caught on fast while other DJs, confronted by a record featuring tablas, Polynesian vocals and playing at 95bpm, simply played the thing at 45rpm instead of 33. It became Single of the Week in Melody Maker and got played on daytime Radio One. The first public faces of TGU appeared; three Nepalese Temple guardians, an identity which caught the mood of the single and saved effort on photo sessions.” The entire album was a masterclass in fusion and TGU represent modern London at its very best, celebrating music as a universal language. A beautiful dream.

Some favourite artists:

Tricky, Transglobal Underground, Portishead, Massive Attack, Lemon Jelly, Björk

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