TRICKY – Second Album ‘PRE-MILLENIUM TENSION’ Released 25 Years Ago

Back in time

11 November 2021

Artist: TRICKY (UK)
Born: Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, 53 years ago

Who: Former Massive Attack member with
a wayward and intriguing vision on trip-hop
Active: Since 1985 / 14 solo LPs so far

Anniversary Album: PRE-MILLENIUM TENSION
Released: 11 November 1996 – 25 years ago today

AllMusic said: “Maxinquaye was an unexpected hit in England, launching a wave
of similar-sounding artists, who incorporated Tricky’s innovations into safer pop
territory. Tricky responded by traveling to Jamaica to record Pre-Millennium Tension,
a nervy, claustrophobic record that thrives in its own paranoia. Pre-Millennium Tension
is as much Tricky reaching back to his hardcore rap roots as it is a sonic exploration. As
such, it stands as a transition record for Tricky, but its overall effect is only slightly less
powerful than Maxinquaye or Nearly God.”
Score: 4/5.

Turn Up the Volume: Tricky only walks one musical way,
his own, leading to tantalizing trip-hop tension.

Singles: Bad Dreams / Christiansands

– BAD DREAMS –

– CHRISTIANSANDS –

Stream album on Spotify…

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TRICKY: Facebook

Heartbreaking Masterwork – ‘FALL TO PIECES’ By TRICKY About His Tragic Loss

Music fro the laziest day of the week…

13 August 2020

Artist: TRICKY (Bristol)
Album: FALL TO PIECES
Released: 4 September 2020

Info: A spine-tingling reflection of inconsolable pain, heartbreaking sadness and deep
grief following the tragic death of his 24-year-old daughter Mazy Mina Topley-Bird who
took her own life last year after struggling with severe depression, only 24 years old.

Tricky wrote and recorded the LP in his Berlin apartment with (mostly) Polish artist Marta Złakowska as vocalist. She played with Tricky one night a few years ago in Krakow when Tricky found himself without a female singer. The promoter said he knew a local bartender who could do the job. Since then Złakowska tours constantly with the ex-Massive Attack musician.

“It feels like I’m in a world that doesn’t exist, knowing nothing will ever be the same
again. No words or text can really explain — my soul feels empty.”
Tricky

The Standard (English newspaper): A compelling window into an artist’s grief. It’s a grief that blackens the mood of Fall To Pieces, an album of short tracks that often end abruptly, emerging and disappearing like bursts of half-awake anxiety during a night of restless sleep. The lyrics are, for the most part, terse snatches of an inner monologue, open to interpretation, but on occasion wincingly plain: “What a f***ing game/I hate this f***ing pain,” he whispers over an austere piano loop on Hate This Pain. It’s a dour listen but it’s compelling, a window into the mind of an artist trying to work through something incomprehensible.” Score: 4/5

Listen here…


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New LP In September – Trip-Hop Expert TRICKY Shares Heartache Track ‘THINKING OF YOU’ Feat. MARTA

New sonic impulses…

4 August 2020

Trip-hop expert TRICKY brings us his new LP – his 14th – FALLING TO PIECES
on 4 September. A reflection of sadness and grief following the tragic death of
his 24-year-old daughter Mazy Mina Topley-Bird who took her own life. He wrote
and recorded the LP in his Berlin apartment.

A couple of songs features Danish artist Oh Land, but the greater part was
recorded with Polish singer Marta Złakowska, who played with Tricky one
night a few years ago in Krakow when Tricky found himself without a female
singer. The promoter said he knew a local bartender who could do the job.
Since then Złakowska tours constantly with the ex-Massive Attack musician.

After sharing the first single Fall Please earlier on here’s another piece.
THINKING OF YOU is a heartache reverie with a deep-synth-bass resonance
and Marta‘s vulnerable voice.

Listen here…

Also on Spotify

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Lead single FALL PLEASE

TRICKY: Facebook

Trip-Hop Trailblazer TRICKY Announces New Album And Shares New Track

New sonic impulses…

12 June 2020

Trip-hop trailblazer TRICKY announced a new longplayer, entitled FALL TO PIECES.
An album of sadness and grief following the tragic death of his 24-year-old daughter
Mazy Mina Topley-Bird who committed suicide. He recorded the LP in his Berlin
apartment, late 2019.

A couple of songs feature Danish artist Oh Land, but the greater part was recorded
with Polish singer Marta Złakowska, who played with Tricky one night a few years ago
in Krakow when Tricky found himself without a female singer. The promoter said he
knew a local bartender who could do the job. Since then Złakowska tours constantly
with the ex-Massive Attack musician.

Here’s the first single FALL PLEASE. A smooth,
vibey meditation. Shadowy and touchy.

Listen here…

TRICKY: Facebook

(image: Blowback Tricky)