Here’s another one from my middle school era~! Shake Hands With Danger is an album by TRS-80 released in 2003 on Vinyl International. They were one of the main artists/bands that I listened to during middle school and I still absolutely love them~!
TRS-80 are an awesome band that mix elements of instrumental hip-hop and triphop then shot through an IDM lense. TRS-80 are rather unique for using a live drummer. Sometimes the drumming is then edited in post but often not or just made into loops. The vibe of their music is often somewhat dark and luminous due to their melodies/instruments/samples.
Listen to some tracks here