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A blend of electronica and down-tempo hip-hop, urban and ethereal, street and ambience. Thought provoking, sensual, and deep. Often features string section and/or brass section. Can be either instrumental or with female vocals. Occasionally with rap. Trancy and smooth. Often jazzy. Sometimes features turntablism / scratching. It's head nodding music. "Chill-out music".
Portishead, Massive Attack, DJ Shadow, Goldfrapp, Lamb, Morcheeba, Smith & Mighty, Alpha, Bjork, Earthling, Hooverphonic, Mono, Smoke City, Zero 7, music on record labels Mo Wax and Ninja Tune.
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A musical genre originating in Bristol, UK in the 1990s. It was originally informally known by the British music press as "the Bristol sound". The music is characterized by downtempo beats, smooth synths and ethereal (usually female) vocals. The style combines elements of hip-hop and jazz with rock and shoegaze/dream pop. To a lesser extent, the sound also borrows from house and reggae.

Although these days there are few new trip-hop acts, the genre has been very influential upon countless hip-hop and electronica acts, such as DJ Shadow, Gorillaz, Air and pretty much all dubstep artists.
Notable trip-hop acts include Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky, Thievery Corporation and Zero 7.
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a form of music originating in England
It is usually characterized by a down tempo sound, female vocals, breakbeats, and a spacy version of hip-hop.
Sometimes called the Bristol sound.
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This genre is a variety of breakbeat usually featuring psychedelic atmospheres and female vocalists singing in a rock-influenced style.
DJ Vadim, Shine, Neo Treo etc all people associated to Trip Hip
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What first guy said:

'A blend of electronica and down-tempo hip-hop, urban and ethereal, street and ambience. Thought provoking, sensual, and deep. Often features string section and/or brass section. Can be either instrumental or with female vocals. Occasionally with rap. Trancy and smooth. Often jazzy. Sometimes features turntablism / scratching. It's head nodding music. "Chill-out music".'

Names associated with this genre:
Kid Koala, Dan the Automater, Prince Paul, Del the Funkee Homosapien...etc
If you want a real trip-hop experience, check out Lovage's "Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By"

Absolute musical ecstasy to the ears.
Also check out Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, Handsome Boy Modeling School, and Goldfrapp.
by Rasputin's Last Breath April 24, 2005
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Dude i got completely stoned last night and listened to a ton trip hop like tricky and dj shadow. it was trippy!
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