"It was a large and bright store with an amazing listening station to check out your favourite albums. It also had a great bookstore at one end of it. Massive Attack's Protection was an album we grew up listening to in our teenage years. Like Portishead's records, this album was an eye opener for us into the more left field world of darker and weirder production. The intensity of the trip-hop beats combined with the jazz influence and soulful sampled vocals is definitely still a great influence on our music today."

You can find out more about Optimal Records by heading here. Head over to Alpines' official website to lose yourself in their music.

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