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The styles

 

music that had to have influenced trip-hop in some way

key albums:
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (1966)
The Doors - The Doors (1967)
The Doors - Strange Days (1967)
The Doors - Waiting For The Sun (1968)
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (1969)
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)
Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music... (1978)
Brian Eno - Music For Films (1978)
Brian Eno - Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (1983)
(and everything else by Brian Eno)
Art Of Noise - Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise? (1984)
Sade - Diamond Life (1985)
Sade - Promise (1986)
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique (1989)
Depeche Mode - Violator (1990)
MC 900 Ft. Jesus - Welcome To My Dream (1990)
A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels... (1990)
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory (1991)
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (1991)
Medeski Martin and Wood - Notes From The Underground (1992)
Beastie Boys - Check Your Head (1992)
Lush - Spooky (1992)
Sade - Love Deluxe (1992)
The Cure - Mixed Up (1992)
Utah Saints - Utah Saints (1992)
Lush - Split (1994)
MC 900 Ft. Jesus - One Step Ahead Of The Spider (1994)
Beastie Boys - Ill Communication (1994)
Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman (1994)
Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet (1994)
Bjork - Post (1995)
Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1996)
Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1996)
DJ Krush - Krush (1995)
Senser - Stacked Up (1995)
Radiohead - The Bends (1995)
The Cardigans - Life (1995)
The Cardigans - First Band On The Moon (1996)
The Cardigans - Gran Turismo (1998)
Medeski Martin and Wood - Combustication (1998)
Tristeza - Dream Signals In Full Circles (2000)
Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun (2001)



"Bristol sound"/trip-hop (the beginning and not-so-beginning- the most influential albums with the most hip-hop influence)

key albums:
Portishead - Dummy
Portishead - Portishead
Archive - Londinium
Saru - Downtempo Dojo
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Massive Attack - Protection
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X
Blue Foundation - Blue Foundation
Hooverphonic - A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Tricky - Maxinquaye
Tricky - Pre-Millenium Tension
Morcheeba - Who Can You Trust?
Morcheeba - Big Calm
Bowery Electric - Beat
Bowery Electric - Lush Life
Crustation - Bloom
Spylab - This Utopia
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
Soma Sonic - Future
The Dining Rooms - Numero Deux
Jay-Jay Johanson - Poison
Jay-Jay Johanson - Tattoo
Market - Market
Pelican City (aka Dangermouse)- Rhode Island
Pelican City (aka Dangermouse)- The Chilling Effect

 

next wave trip-hop (strong hip-hop influence, but more different elements)

key albums:
Puracane - Things You Should Leave Alone
Esthero - Breath From Another
Blue Foundation - Sweep Of Days
Dot Allison - Afterglow
Curve - Gift
Curve - Come Clean
Curve - Doppleganger
DJ Krush - Code 4109
DJ Krush - Milight
DJ Krush - Kakusei
DJ Krush - Zen
DJ Krush - Jaku
DJ Krush - Reload: Remix Collection
DJ Krush - Holonic: Self Megamix
Emiliana Torrini - Love In The Time Of Science
Lamb - Lamb
Lamb - Fear Of Fours
Lamb - What Sound
Lamb - Between Darkness And Wonder
Baxter - Baxter
Baxter - About This
Krom - This
Airlock - Drystar
Artefact - Artefact
Garbage - Garbage
Lunascape - Reflecting Seyelence
Lunascape - Mindstalking
Archive - anything past their first album Londinium
Ruby - Salt Peter
Ruby - Short-Staffed At The Gene Pool
UNKLE - Psyence Fiction


trip-hop/hip-hop
(dark hip-hop beats with introspective rap)


key albums:
Archive - Londinium
Earthling - Radar



ambient/minimalism/experimental
and "trip-folk"

key albums:
Bang Gang - Something Wrong
Laika - Sounds Of The Satellites
Laika - Silver Apples Of The Moon
Laika - Good Looking Blues
Laika - Wherever I Am, I Am What Is Missing
Canidas - Golden
Starseeds - Parallel Life
Starseeds - There Is Enough For Everyone
Antenne - #1
Antenne - #2
Amstrong - Sprinkler
Pomegranate - On Black Peak
Pomegranate - This Illusion Sound
Lo-Fi - Nano
Mandalay - Solace
Stina Nordenstam - This Is Stina Nordenstam
Mum - Finally We Are No One
Boards Of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children



cinematic trip-hop (very classically-influenced)

key albums:
Mono - Formica Blues
Archive - Londinium
Somnambul - Somnambul
Glory Box - I Forgot To Remember To Forget You
Aria - Haze

 

jazzy trip-hop / acid jazz

key albums:
Thievery Corporation - The Mirror Conspiracy
Moonraker - Nada Brahma
Mr. Scruff - Keep It Unreal
Khromozomes / Kristin Mainhart -
Ming - Red
Sade - Lovers Rock
Vanessa Daou - Zipless
Vanessa Daou - Slow To Burn
Vanessa Daou - Make You Love
Vanessa Daou - Dear John Coltrane
Gretchen Lieberum - Brand New Morning



trip-pop

key albums:
Imogen Heap - I Megaphone
Frou Frou - Details
Tori Amos - From The Choirgirl Hotel
Dido - No Angel
Everything But The Girl - Amplified Heart
Jem - Finally Woken
Ivy - Long Distance
Ivy- Apartment Life
Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Olive - Trickle
Supreme Beings Of Leisure - Supreme Beings Of Leisure
Astronaut Wife - Now That 1999 Is Gone EP
Astronaut Wife - Flying Saucer
Moby - Play
Solar Twins - Solar Twins
Tara Maclean - Passenger
Tara Maclean - Silence

 

chillout (very clean, often programmed, pretty/jazzy trip-hop)

key albums:
Lux - Northern Lights
Frost - Melodica
Dusted - When We Were Young
Royksopp - Melody AM
Royksopp - The Understanding
Air - Moon Safari
Zero 7 - Simple Things
Zero 7 - When It Falls
Nightmares On Wax - Carboot Soul

 

not really "trip-hop", but still incredible....

key albums:
Splashdown - Blueshift
Splashdown - Redshift
Enigma - MCMXC
Enigma - The Cross Of Changes
Delerium - Karma
Delerium - Poem



borderline (trip-hop-influenced indie rock)

key albums:
Denali - Denali
Ilya - Poise Is The Greater Architect
Beta Band - The Three EPs
Beta Band - Hot Shots II
Broadcast - The Noise Made By People
Broadcast - Ha Ha Sound
Cranes - Loved
Cranes - Future Songs

 

hip-hop strongly influenced by trip-hop, or vice versa

key albums:
Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030
Dr. Octogan - Doctor Octogonecologyst
Handsome Boy Modeling School - So, How's Your Girl?
Nas - Illmatic
Buck 65 - Vertex
Buck 65 - Square
Buck 65 - Man Overboard
Alias - The Other Side Of The Looking Glass
Anticon - Music For The Advancement Of Hip-Hop
Alphabet Soup - Layin' Low In The Cut
Us3 - Broadway & 52nd
Sixtoo - Chewing On Glass and Other Miracle Cures
Sixtoo - Duration Project
Sage Francis - Personal Journals
Sole - Bottle Of Humans
Sole - Selling Live Water
Prefuse 73 - Vocal Studies and Uprock Narratives