Oh, that’s not quite fair.
Trip Hop may have been almost wholly a horrible genre, but Tricky’s early output was almost universally brilliant, or at least brilliantly obtuse.
And anyway, Carroll don’t exactly make Trip-Hop. It’s just that some of their beats sound a bit like Trip Hop. Hey, it can happen to anyone.
And moreover, TeaBags is a genuinely sleazy, oddball R’n’B creeper – slinking, rolling and sliding a hand up your thigh without you realising. While most songs of this ilk might frustrate by getting the delicate balance between oddness and groove all out of whack, Carroll have got it just about right.
And when an unexpected semi-falsetto chorus pops out of nowhere, all will seem – briefly – sunny and glorious.
Nice ‘n’ sleazy does it.