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Classic Tales
Runaways UK
Classic Tales
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1

Though the members of Runaways U.K. were unfortunately lumped in with the ubiquitous trip-hop genre (a.k.a. instrumental hip-hop), they didn't get the fame and fortune of others like Portishead and Massive Attack. Perhaps ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Runaways UK
Title: Classic Tales
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Red Ant / Bmg
Release Date: 10/27/1998
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Styles: Electronica, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 632911430722

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Though the members of Runaways U.K. were unfortunately lumped in with the ubiquitous trip-hop genre (a.k.a. instrumental hip-hop), they didn't get the fame and fortune of others like Portishead and Massive Attack. Perhaps this is because A.J. Kwame and Joe 2000 don't embellish their records with tortured sirens wailing that nobody loves them or croon darkly about angels with dirty faces--instead they rely on raps and samples. But like the aforementioned groups, the Runaways U.K. do harness beauty and the beats with equal cunning. Soaring symphonies caress tough punches, jazz inflects but doesn't infect, and just when you've forgotten that this is a hip-hop record, a swift wiggedy-wiggedy whack slaps you upside the head like a bittersweet turntablist symphony. --Tricia Romano
 

CD Reviews

The Runaways give hip-hop a wake-up call
08/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Runaways are the most groundbreaking "trip hop" group i have heard in ages ( also. Herbalizer, 9lazy9 )They broke the barrier with "Classic Tales", creating the most beautiful downbeats; something you will almost never find on a hip-hop albums. With songs like "Levitation" They employ live instruments, including a classical guitar & standup bass with their pounding hip-hop beats. This album has more meat than your ears can take. well done AJ & Joe2k! Keep the good work coming! MadZ"