Tricky is amongst the leading lights of the Bristol music scene where trip-hop (Bristol Sound) orginated in the 90’s. Some great music came out of that scene from the likes of Massive Attack, Moorcheeba, Portishead, Bonobo and more. Tricky made his mark after leaving Massive Attack and forging ahead with his own music brand taking influences from British rock to soul and reggae.
His new single ‘Murder Weapon’ is released on 30th August. The first single from the forthcoming album Mixed Race released on the 27th Sept. “Murder Weapon” is a reworking of the classic dancehall hit from Jamaican-born Echo Minott, originally released in the early ’90s. Tricky fell in love with the track and was determined to hear how it would sound with a female vocalist (in a similar fashion to his reworking of “Black Steel” with Martina Topley-Bird). Tricky here enrolls Irish-Italian Franky Riley, who has toured as Tricky’s vocalist for two years and makes her recording debut on his new album “Mixed Race”.
This is the closest he had come to making a gangster album although he admits he’s too nice to really do gansta rap:
Mixed Race is a gangster album. I can’t do gangsta rap. That’s not me. I can’t talk about being a bad boy, ‘cos I’m not. But I’ve been around that. So this is the closest I can get to a gangsta album. Its very gully, as Jamaicans call it… very dark. Tense, street and urban. It’s like a movie, almost.
This is also the most uptempo album I’ve done. I wanted something that could be played in a club… maybe! Which is unusual for me. Because I don’t give a shit about clubs.
Tricky is pleased to announce his UK and Scotland tour dates in October in support of his forthcoming album ‘Mixed Race’
Monday 18-Oct-10 Nottingham Rock City
Tuesday 19-Oct-10 Glasgow Arches
Thursday 21-Oct-10 Sheffield Leadmill
Friday 22-Oct-10 London Koko
Saturday 23-Oct-10 Portsmouth Wedgewood rooms
Also check out Tricky’s new website: www.trickysite.com