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The History of Bristol's Musical Underground

Gilles Peterson explores Bristol's musical heritage, tracing the lineage from 70s post-punk through 90s trip-hop to the emergence of jungle and the bass music scene of today.

Gilles Peterson heads down to Bristol for the day to explore the city's musical heritage. His journey takes him all around the city, tracing the lineage from reggae and dub to late 70s post-punk, through the arrival of US hip hop and the development of trip hop in the 90s, onto jungle, drum and bass and the dubstep movement, through to the bass innovations of today.

Featuring interviews with the key players involved in cultivating these underground movements, Gilles investigates how Bristol birthed such generation-defining sounds, which ultimately crossed over into the mainstream, achieving phenomenal commercial and critical success. Having left an indelible mark on the sound of modern pop culture over recent years, Gilles also looks to today's Bristol music scene which continues to innovate, remaining as vibrant as ever. Contributors include Jabulani of Black Roots, author of Original Rockers Richard King, Janine Rainforth of Maximum Joy, Mark Stewart of The Pop Group, DJ Krust, Mo Wax label boss James Lavelle, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Roni Size and Appleblim.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pigbag

    Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag

    • Virgin.
  • The Pop Group

    Thief of Fire

    • Radar Records).
  • Smith & Mighty

    Walk On (feat. Jackie Jackson)

    • Three Stripes Records.
  • Massive Attack

    Unfinished Sympathy

    • Virgin.
  • Portishead

    Numb

  • Roni Size / Reprazent

    Brown Paper Bag

    • Talkin' Loud.
  • Black Roots

    Bristol Rock

    • Kick Records.
  • Black Roots

    Opportunity

    • Kick Records.
  • Yabby U

    Conquering Dub

    • Prophets.
  • Tapper Zukie

    Tappa Zukie In Dub

    • Blood & Fire).
  • Tapper Zukie

    Judgement Dub​

    • Blood & Fire.
  • Burning Spear

    Social Living​

    • Island Records.
  • Maximum Joy

    Let It Take You There

    • Y Records.
  • Rip Rig & Panic

    Change Your Life

    • Virgin.
  • Pigbag

    Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag

    • Virgin.
  • The Pop Group

    Snowgirl

    • Radar Records.
  • The Pop Group

    Savage Sea​

    • Radar Records.
  • Prince Far I & The Arabs

    Dub To Africa

    • Hitrun).
  • The Undisputed Truth

    What It Is

    • Motown.
  • Brass Construction

    Movin'

    • Greatest Hits Of The 70's (Various).
    • Disky.
  • Sex Pistols

    Anarchy In The U.K.

    • Virgin.
  • The Clash

    Police & Thieves

    • CBS.
  • The Pop Group

    Thief of Fire

    • Radar Records).
  • T La Rock

    It’s Yours

    • Def Jam.
  • Malcolm X

    No Sell Out

  • The Wild Bunch

    Tearing Down The Avenue

    • Strut.
  • Double Trouble

    Stoop Rap (South Bronx Mix)

    • Animal Records.
  • Wild Style Allstars

    Military Cut Instrumental

    • Animal Records.
  • Wild Style Allstars

    B Boy Instrumental

    • Animal Records.
  • Fresh 4

    Wishing On A Star (feat. Lizz E.)

    • Virgin.
  • Smith & Mighty

    Walk On (feat. Jackie Jackson)

    • Three Stripes Records.
  • Smith & Mighty

    Anyone (feat. Jackie Jackson)

    • Three Stripes Records.
  • The Wild Bunch

    Friends & Countrymen

    • 4th & Broadway.
  • Massive Attack

    Any Love (feat. Daddy G & Carlton)

    • Wild Bunch Records.
  • Massive Attack

    Daydreaming

  • Massive Attack

    Unfinished Sympathy

    • Virgin.
  • Massive Attack

    Protection (feat. Tracey Thorn)

  • Portishead

    It Could Be Sweet

    • DUMMY.
    • Go Beat.
  • Portishead

    All Mine

    • Go Beat.
  • Roni Size

    Kiss

    • V Recordings.
  • Roni Size

    Music Box

    • Full Cycle.
  • Cybotron

    Clear

    • Fantasy.
  • Chicago

    Street Player

    • The Box.
    • Rhino.
    • 1.
  • D Train

    You're The One For Me

    • The Greatest 80's Soul W/Ender (Va).
    • Warner Strategic Market.
  • Wayne Smith

    Under Me Sleng Teng

    • Witty.
  • James Brown

    Funky Drummer

    • Polydor.
  • Roni Size / Reprazent

    Trust Me

    • Talkin’ Loud.
  • Roni Size / Reprazent

    Brown Paper Bag

    • Talkin' Loud.
  • Roni Size / Reprazent

    Share The Fall

    • Talkin’ Loud.
  • Appleblim

    Girder

    • Skull Disco.
  • Appleblim & Peverelist

    Over Here

    • Skull Disco.
  • Henry & Louis

    Rise Up (Pinch Remix)

    • 2Kings Records.
  • Peverelist

    Click Clunk Every Trip

    • Punch Drunk.
  • Peverelist

    Undulate

    • Livity Sounds.
  • Kahn

    Over Deh So

    • Deep Medi.
  • DJ Die & Addison Groove

    Morro Dub

    • Gutterfunk.
  • Joker

    Mixed Emotions

    • Kapsize.

Broadcast

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6 acts Gilles Peterson is buzzing about right now

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