Back in the 90’s, kids like myself would gravitate towards bands like Portishead, particularly when we wanted to take a break from hip hop. Since the drums were dirty and the sounds and singing were soulful, it gave us that familiar hiphop vibe while being something totally different.
Now, Portishead’s style and influence can be heard all over Soundcloud and modern music. 20 years later, its safe to say they were a legendary group who led the way for “trip hop”, fusing hiphop, electronic, and soul music in rare form. For Portishead’s 20 year anniversary, I wanted to re-feature their work with a remix of one of their quintessential tracks. Since the original version of “Roads” uses sparse instrumentation, I thought I could add a fuller dimension to the track while still allowing the lead vocalist – Beth Gibbons – to remain the focus. In the end, I hope this remix renews interest in Portishead among listeners who aren’t familiar with the sound they pioneered. Enjoy these Fall vibes.
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