Formed in 1991 in Bristol, Portishead consists of Geoff Barrow, vocalist Beth Gibbons, and Adrian Utley, with engineering by Dave McDonald. The press shy band found steady rising success upon debuting in 1994, and released three studio albums in the trip hop genre throughout last 2 decades. Dummy is often cited as a pioneering album in many respects, its smooth blend of hip hop and electronica pushing the experimental Bristol sound to new shores and audiences worldwide.
Ranked 419 among Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums of All Time, the minimalist design of the Dummy still sounds new even after countless repeats. Beth Gibbons’ voice is stunning on the album, which earned her comparisons to some of the greats – Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, and others – while her songwriting is just as sleazy yet soulful.
Sampling a bassline from Isaac Hayes, enjoy “Glory Box.”
Since hitting the airwaves in 1994 with their debut album Dummy, for which they won the coveted Mercury Prize in 1995, to this day we continue to love English band Portishead. Having long established their downtempo, electronic legacy in this release, third single Glory Box is this week’s Throwback.
May 21 13 @ 5:23 PMMoMA's Annual Party in the Garden
May 22 13 @ 5:37 PMof Montreal at Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 23 13 @ 5:27 PMØDD Spring Sale
May 24 13 @ 5:40 PMYacht at Shea Stadium
May 25 13 @ 5:50 PMJames Murphy and Special Guests at Grand Prospect Hall
May 26 13 @ 5:54 PMOneohtrix Point Never at Saint Vitus
May 27 13 @ 6:01 PMA conversation With James Murphy
May 28 13 @ 5:46 PMNaoaki Funayama: X-don at Ouchi Gallery
May 29 13 @ 6:06 PMMarina & The Diamonds and Charli XCX
May 30 13 @ 6:10 PMLee "Scratch" Perry at Le Poisson Rouge