Alpha – Stargazing

Bristol duo release third album and prove there's life in the old trip hop dog yet

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As Alpha, Bristolians Andy Jenks and Corine Dingley are both tarred with the Portishead brush and unwittingly charged with taking trip hop into new territory. This is a tall order in 2003, but their combination of languid beats, lush orchestration and sophisto-stoner (male and female) vocals still works a certain powerfully seductive magic. UK dance mavericks will hardly be quaking in their boots on its release, but fans of cinematic soundscaping will be euphoric, albeit in a somewhat sedated and somnambulant fashion.

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