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Alpha: A Profile

Paul Lester, Uncut, June 2001

BRISTOL, LIKE Manchester, was once synonymous with nervy, wired, dark white funk – The Pop Group, Rip Rig & Panic. Then the drugs changed (skunk, not speed), the pace slooooowed, and Bristol gave us the downtempo holy trinity (Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky) with their inchoate, muggy, fuzzy trip hop. A new sort of dread. A different kind of tension.

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