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12. Tricky - "Christiansands" (1996)
Ok, hear me out for a second. Tricky's pre-millenial death-rattle is coming from a pretty distinct point in trip-hop's triumphant mid-90s blip. Martina Topley-Bird is an R&B singer, if you had to pin her down. But the radiant despondancy of this song, the religious allusions ("I met a devil in Helsinki") and uneasy, anti-social touches ("when you talk, you make me cringe") contained within its hypnotically minimal lyric? It's stunning proof that goth themes can resonate beyond the confines of emotive guitar pop.