The Bluffer's Guide is a personal musical journey through influential genres and artists with DJ and writer Aidan Kelly. This week, Aidan takes on the history of trip-hop - listen to his live mix from Dublin's Sugar Club above...

You're listening to the sound of trip-hop, not ambient or electronica, not strictly hip hop but somewhere in between. hailing from the little big city of Bristol...

Nightmares on Wax - Les Nuits

From Smokers Delight, his second album from 1995, this is a homage to the great Quincy Jones track Summer In The City, but with a 90's flavour - George Evelyn (AKA Nightmares on Wax) is a fine DJ and has been prolific on the music scene since the mid-eighties.

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Funky Porcini - The Great Drive By

Big Drive? The one thing I always associate with the underground sound of Bristol is its epic width, and its cinematic style - everyone's in a Technicolor movie of their own making. Funky Porcini is the daddy of them all.

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Portishead - Sour Times

Summing up all the darkness and raw emotion this Bristol sound stood for, we have Portishead, and Beth Gibbons' cinematic vocals. This live version at the Roseland in New York is exceptional, but the album version nails the trip-hop sound sweetly.

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Tricky - Aftermath

Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws is the distinctive one of the movement; he came across as troubled and genius and possessed all at the same time, guested for the Wild Bunch many times as a member of Massive Attack but here he's solo with Martina Topley-Bird on a track they turned down for Blue Lines.

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DJ Krush - Maze

Dropping out of school, he joined a gang and then the Yakuza, an ominous start for a DJ known for his turntablism and atmospherics. Krush comes from Tokyo, and is notably associated with the Mo' Wax label - this track is taken from their compilation album Headz (with a z).

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Massive Attack - Five Man Army

In Bristol, there's a place called St Paul's; I went there and up to Dutty Kens, played pool and drank Red Stripe. It's like Belfast crossed with Northside Dublin via Galway, but it's Bristol, and it's Massive Attack. Herewith the unmistakable Horace Andy...

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Dj Vadim - Milwaukee

Known also as Daddy, Vad is originally Russian (from St Petersburg), but with significant influences from the UK; Milwaukee is trip-hop personified, organic and raw.

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Howie B - Take Your Partner By The Hand

Take all that production experience working with legends like Siouxsie and the Banshees, Soul II Soul and U2. Howie's a DJ and understands the drama of musical power. This track, featuring The Band's Robbie Robertson, is a new age Tom Waits via a dirty night out in Glasgow.

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Herbaliser - Starlight

Formed by Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba (born Oliver Lawrence Trattles) during the early 1990s, here on the Ninja Tunes label with the beast Roots Manuva on vocals...

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DJ Shadow - Midnight

Although this comes from sampling and hip-hop, I remember hearing this the first time and thinking this is next level trip-hop - an utterly different sound, ethereal. That film Scratch, where Shadow visits one of his favourite record stores in the basement, was emotional - as a DJ, you're digging up the past.

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