On my first impression, Young Fathers‘ Cocoa Sugar is both a perplexing and compelling listen.
Portishead changed the game, and completely messed up my world on the first listen. The trio of Beth Gibbons, Geoff Barrow, and Adrian Utley were taking note of what their fellow Bristol mates Massive Attack was doing with the new sound they introduced: the brilliantly-titled “Bristol sound,” a slow, simmering, and seductive style of music with influences from hip-hop, funk, and R&B, and they took it to the next level.
Mannnnnn, you can’t tell me nothing when it comes to Morcheeba.
The British group, comprised of producers Ross and Paul Godfrey and singer Skye Edwards originally formed as in the latter half of the ’90s as part of a then-new wave of artists embracing a new style of music dubbed by the press as “trip-hop:” a slow, seductive, and moody kind of music rooted in R&B, dub, and electronic dance, originated by groups Massive Attack and Portishead.