First Look: New Tricky LP + Tour Dates

 

 

 

Mixed Race is a mixed bag – but with moments
that rank among his best. It’s due out Oct. 5 on Domino.

 

By
Mark Jenkins

 

Fifteen
years after the epochal Maxinquaye,
it’s clear that the guy who made that richly layered masterpiece is not coming
back. Indeed, in the notes to his new Mixed
Race
, Tricky says he now considers some of his early work “too
cluttered.” That can’t be said of his latest album, which is direct, often
uptempo and only 29 minutes long. It includes some tracks that rank among
musician’s best — and a few that sound like rough sketches.

 

Currently
based in Paris, Tricky recalls his bad-boy Bristol adolescence on
such crackling numbers as “Kingston Logic” (with vocals by Terry
Lynn) and “Murder Weapon” (featuring the album’s principal female
singer, Frankey Riley). The latter track, which reworks an Echo Minott tune,
exemplifies Tricky’s current approach: It’s propelled by an insistent
“Peter Gunn” loop rather than a murmuring, kaleidoscopic array of
samples.

 

Mixed Race dabbles in lounge balladry
(“Early Bird”), techno (“Time to Dance”)
and Arab music (“Hakim”), but the album’s major influences are reggae
and Delta blues. The sultry “Come to Me” is a bluesy vamp, while
“Every Day” features a bleating harmonica and a work chant that might
have come from the Smithsonian Folkways archives. On the latter track, as on
“Really Real” (which features Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie),
Tricky drifts toward his trademark ghostly slo-mo. But there’s more guitar and
saxophone than aural mist on this album, the work of a studio wiz who’s become
less painstaking, but no less passionate.

 

TOUR DATES:

December 9th                    New York, NY
                            Le Poisson Rouge

December 10th                   Brooklyn, NY
                             Brooklyn Bowl

December 11th                   Montreal, QC
                    Club Soda

December 12th                   Toronto, ON
                              Mod Club

December 13th                   Chicago, IL
                                Lincoln Hall

December 14th                   Minneapolis, MN
                         Varsity

December 17th                   Seattle, WA
                               Neumo’s

December 18th                   Vancouver, BC
                           Venue

December 19th                   Portland,
OR                               Doug Fir Lounge

December 21st                   San Francisco,
CA                        Independent

Decemeber 22nd                 Los Angeles, CA
                         The Troubadour

 

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