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Friday, Sep 19 2014 | 06:30
Image: 1591037 “Calling it Adrian Thaws is saying you don’t really know me,” says Tricky, explaining the title
of his 11th album. “So many times people have tried to put a finger on me and every album I
go to a different place.”
It’s typical of one of music’s most unpredictable characters that the first album to bear his
birth name is one of his least introspective. Adrian Thaws is a vivid, attention-grabbing set
of songs which roamfrom hip hop to house, jazz to blues, rock to reggae. It was recorded in
Tricky’s home studio in London, where he’s living again after almost two decades in New
York, Los Angeles and Paris, and features an international crew of collaborators: Francesca
Belmonte, Nneka, Mykki Blanco, Bella Gotti, Tirzah, Blue Daisy and Oh Land. It’s designed to
be played loud.
“I suppose this is my club/hip hop album,” he says. “I’ve only heard my music a few times in
a club but I grew up in clubs from when I was 14: blues parties, hip hop clubs, a few raves. I’m
not known for doing club music but this album has some club tracks on it — well, what I would
consider club music.”
Tricky makes complicated music because Adrian Thaws has had a complicated life. Born in
1968, he grew up in an extended family that was both black and white, urban and rural,
containing strong women and volatile men. His choice of cover versions is revealing. Janet
Kaye’s 1979 lovers rock classic Silly Games reminds him of his childhood in Bristol’s Knowle
West district. London Posse’s 1990 track Gangster Chronicle harks back to his musical
apprenticeship with the Wild Bunch and Massive Attack under the name Tricky Kid before
he launched his solo career with 1995’s startling Maxinquaye.
Tricky has always used music to explore the different, sometimes contradictory facets of his
background and personality. “I can be anything I want when I do an album,” he says. “I could
be a woman, I could bea man. It’s great to be able to be all these different things.”

TRACKLISTING CD
01 TRICKY FEAT. TIRZAH - SUN DOWN
02 TRICKY FEAT. MYKKI BLANCO & FRANCESCA
BELMONTE - LONNIE LISTEN
03 TRICKY FEAT. FRANCESCA BELMONTE -
SOMETHING IN THE WAY
04 TRICKY FEAT. NNEKA - KEEP ME IN YOUR SHAKE
05 A.J. - THE UNLOVED (SKIT)
06 TRICKY FEAT. FRANCESCA BELMONTE -
NICOTINE LOVE
07 TRICKY FEAT. BELLA GOTTI - GANGSTER CHRONICLE
08 TRICKY FEAT. FRANCESCA BELMONTE - I HAD A DREAM
09 TRICKY FEAT. BLUE DAISY - MY PALESTINE GIRL
10 TRICKY FEAT. BELLA GOTTI - WHY DON’T YOU
11 TRICKY FEAT. TIRZAH - SILLY GAMES
12 TRICKY FEAT. OH LAND - RIGHT HERE
13 SILVER TONGUE - WHEN YOU GO
14 TRICKY FEAT. LIZ DENSMORE -
ESP [DELUXE CD BOUNS TRACK]
15 TRICKY FEAT. FRANCESCA BELMONTE -
DIFFERENT PEOPLE [DELUXE CD BONUS TRACK Available from 05.09.2014
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