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Sounds from the West of England grew to prominence with trip-hop, but towns like Bristol have been manufacturing original oddballs since punk. Diverse styles have been its defining feature - mixing dub, techno and drum 'n' bass (as in Part 1 of this collection) along with funk, hardcore and smooth movie soundtracks displayed here. This is cutting-edge music - without boundaries, free to experiment, bred from a rich cultural mix-up and fed on an independence of spirit - that has always stood on its own terms. Sounds of the West 2 continues exploring the history of this music and its influence, and it includes commentary by Phil Johnson (author of Straight Outa Bristol) and John Mitchell. This edition focuses on three areas: Punk to Avant Garde, New Wave, and Straight Outa Bristol. It features artists such as The Pop Group, Rip Rig & Panic, Head, Wild Bunch Sound System, Propellerheads, Purple Penguin, Monk & Canatella, Dub War, Wild Bunch Sound System, Massive Attack (Daddy G & 3D), Tricky, Rock, and Portishead (Adrian Utley).