I bought a preview copy of this way back in 1995 from Reckless Records. I still listen to it 12 years later. This album is not trip-hop. To call it trip-hop would be an injustice since for me it sits in several categories. Trip-hop as a sub-genre brings to mind down beat, plodding melodies. It shares some similarities with say Portishead as it has that 60s cinematic quality, but trip-hop albums tend to have one tone - set to 'stoner'.
Radar has some stoner tracks. But it's a much broader mixture of vibes and tempos. The main reason I object to the category is that it's musically superior to Tricky and Massive Attack - trip hop's royalty.
Tracks like 'I still love Albert Einstein' and 'By Means of Beams' offer heartfelt vocals that equal anything from those guys. Whilst tracks like 'Soup or no Soup' and 'Echo on my Mind' (with some top notch scratching) are sublime and catchy grooves that failed to create a buzz when they were released. God knows why these guys didn't make it. Maybe too many drugs down Berwick Manor...
A tale of child abuse, 'She only wanted to watch Planet of the Apes..' shows how credible these cats were lyrically.
'I could just die' brings the album into a more trip-hoppy conclusion - a caner's odyssey. Still this album is so much more than another reference to a mid 90s british musical movement. If it's missed your musical radar so far, I recommend you hit it now.