So let me ask you a question — something I think we'll be doing for the next few weeks, actually. What was the first trip hop song you ever heard? Leave a comment here with your answer. I'm curious to find out how all of you first got into this music.
Playlist for Dave's Lounge #231:
- PNFA, "Miles and Miles (Slowly)” Buy from: iTunes
- PolyCat, "Falling" Buy from: iTunes
- Water (feat. Fay Lovsky), "Hold Me" Buy from: iTunes
- Joey Fehrenbach, "I Remember" Buy from: iTunes
- Benny Tones (feat. LP), "Odyssey" Buy from: iTunes
- Colm K, "Love To Love You" Buy from: iTunes
- Miss O, "Getaway" Buy from: iTunes
- Brook Sapphire, "So We Start" Buy from: iTunes
- The Flavor Foundation, "The Getdown" Free download from: Bandcamp
- 80s Casual, "Malaga to Manila" Buy from: Beatport
- Electrix, "Emma Loves The Sun" Buy from: iTunes
- Quadraphonic Sound Project, "Hands" Buy from: iTunes
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Dave…first real experience with chill/ trip hop was the purchase of 4 cd’s called “Elemental Chill.” Purchased them right before the demise of Columbia Record & Tape club. Several years ago I was looking online for some chill music and discovered podcasts. First one downloaded was Anji Bee…then found you and several others. You have replaced Anji as my favorite. Yours is truly chill and trip hop..Anji sometimes plays crazy stuff. I like smooth chill and trip. Thanx for the show. I plan to donate to the cause.
Now now, I wouldn’t call what Anji plays “crazy”. She just likes house music more than I do. Our styles have evolved a bit over the years, and that’s not a bad thing — better than two shows playing the exact same songs every week, y’know?
Sour Times by Portishead in ’95 when I was a sophomore in college. Blew me away – I felt like I had heard the future. I suppose I had!
I think it was when I first heard your podcast, Dave. I’d first heard about your podcast years ago, when Brian Ibbott played your very first promo on Coverville. I’d enjoyed similar music for years (Windham Hill, etc.), and the music on your show made it easy to love.
My first exposure to trip-hop music was when I heard this song called “Only You” by a band named “Praise” 20 something years ago in London. It was unique and very different from all the other songs I’d heard before. i found it an absolutely beautiful song and I still listen to it now and then on my iPod. Anybody else out there knows what song I’m talking about?
A year later I heard Enigma’s Sadness part I which also quickly became one of my favorites.
Same as Evan, Sour Times by Portishead. I can’t get enough of this podcast. Thanks Dave!
A friend introduced me to your show with episode #50. The first trip-hop song I really listened to was Fountain of Life, by Artemis. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was listening to, but I knew I wanted to hear more of it. Thanks for introducing me to some very cool music over the last few years.
I think I got here by a really roundabout route…WFNX in Boston used to play an early “techno” show late on a Saturday night (circa early 1990s). I found the music mesmerizing; I expanded by degrees after that. I never turn away music; Ellington said “All music is created equal, if it sounds good…it is good”. So I tried everything. My first foray into ambient was the “Excursions in Ambience – the fourth frontier” (circa 1995). I also listen to a lot of 1970s fusion jazz, especially Miles Davis. Some of the things he was doing then, who’s to say he didn’t invent the thing before everyone else? As I got further away from so-called ‘mainstream’ rock and pop, it all started to sound formula to me. I believe the truly innovative musicians today are now working in this genre…it always seems to sound new and exciting every time I hear something. I reversed a previous commentator; Dave’s Lounge led me to AnjiBee, and I can’t imagine a week going by without these two staples in my rotation.
Unknowingly for me at that time, my first trip-hop song was Everything In Its Right Place by Radiohead. It happened when I was watching Vanilla Sky back when I lived in Russia, and our music access was mainstreamed. At that point goosebumps went all over my body and I could not understand the new feelings towards this style of music… I didn’t even know that style existed. It was until couple months ago when my roommate started playing similar piano accords and I could finally connect the dots and find who the actual performer was.
Hello Listeners and Dave,
The first I heard was the Hooverphonic song Waves. I was super hungry for more and found it through various soundtracks, dj friends, and your podcast of course. Love the app. Thanks as always!
Portishead. Sour Times. I heard it playing on LA’s KCRW and soon as they announced the artist I stopped at the nearest record store and bought their Dummy album.
Love your show! 🙂
I am an unreconstructed progressive rock fan from the 1970’s, who enjoys a bit of electronica for a change of pace.
Before bumping into trip-hop and downtempo, I was interested in finding new artists in ambient, world music, and progressive rock, and that new-fangled internet-thingy was just a great way to look for new music.
On internet radio, Galaxy, Amethystium, Ishq, Irina Mikhailova, and others got my attention, and I looked for artists similar to those.
While exploring along those lines, I discovered Dave’s Lounge and the Chillcast, and got into trip-hop from there.
Like many others here, it was Sour Times by Portishead. Back when I listened to FM radio, I heard it on London’s XFM while driving to work.
It was Massive Attack, Karma Coma. But the real breakthrough in my listeting preferences was Zero7, Destiny. It opened all the way to electronic sounds, before that I was into rock music only.
I was 14, it’s quite strange but i bought the cassette for the song “Five O’Clock in the Morning” by Village People, really an amazing song.
Sure Thing by St Germain off their Tourist album. It started me looking for more songs with a new twist in beats and tempo from being a jazz addict.
The first trip-hop song I can recall was Tricky’s, “Black Steel” cover; I’m guessing it was near the end of ’95. I probably had heard some other artists prior to that, but this was the first time I really recognized trip-hop as a style unto itself. I was (still am) a huge fan of Public Enemy and this re-interpretation really blew my mind.
That said, my muscial focus continued to be primarily with the hip-hop and alternative/punk scenes of the mid-90s mainstream US. It wasn’t until the late-90s that I really became a fan of trip-hop, particularly after discovering the earlier albums of Portishead and Massive Attack at my local public library.