Back in the 90â€™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, Portisheadâ€™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 â€œtrip hopâ€, fusing hiphop, electronic, and soul music in rare form. For Portisheadâ€™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 â€œRoads” 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 arenâ€™t familiar with the sound they pioneered. Enjoy these Fall vibes.