27. NOVEMBER - ANIMA DELUXE
The Deluxe Edition of Francesca's solo album "Anima" is out today! It has 4 bonus tracks. One of them is a Tricky remix of "Keep Moving" and another one is "We Begin", which will also be on the Skilled Mechanics album. So you have a chance to buy it now (for example on Beatport). Although maybe it's a different version, because "We Begin" from Skilled Mechanics is only 1:35 long, while Francesca's version is 3:20. I've also added the album to the collaborations discography.
26. NOVEMBER - OBIA CLOTHING
There is new Obia clothing in the store of the official Tricky website. And you can win a t-shirt, just like Tricky's post on Instagram and write a comment.
23. NOVEMBER - GIGS POSTPONED
Two gigs in December are postponed to January: Split (January 28) and Zagreb (January 29), here is the Facebook event. Maybe also the other tourdates will move to January? Maybe they want to wait until the album is released? I've updated the tourdates.
22. NOVEMBER - DIVING AWAY SINGLE
Tricky already shared the track "Diving Away" on Soundcloud and You Tube and you can buy it on Amazon and iTunes. But on Soundcloud it is mentioned that the release date is January 18. Maybe it will be released on CD or vinyl? I've added the single to the discography and the lyrics. Tricky also mentioned yesterday on Instagram that a video will be out next week! The song is a cover of 'Porpoise Head' by Porno For Pyros, you can listen to the original on You Tube for a little compare and contrast. Tricky explains why he chose that song to cover:
"I toured with them in Australia in 1996. My daughter Mazy, who was about four years of age, was with us and she had frontman Perry Farrell wrapped round her little finger. He took all of us to Sealand in Australia. So there was me and Porno For Pyros all trying to get her pram onto the Australian metro. But how many big artists would do something beautiful like that? I think it speaks volumes about him. So I’ve got a lot of love for Perry Farrell and I’ve always wanted to cover one of his songs." (official press release / Stereogum)
By the way: it doesn't look like Tricky is in Australia for the Cafe Del Mar concert, so that was just a wrong announcement!
21. NOVEMBER - SKILLED MECHANICS TOUR
It's a bit weird that the official Tricky website and Songkick mention no upcoming shows! By accident I stumbled upon a lot of tour dates on DJ Milo's website. I've updated the tourdates, here's the full list from Milo:
Nov. 30 Bratislava
Dec. 01 Budapest
Dec. 03 Zagreb - postponed to January 29
Dec. 04 Split - postponed to January 28
Dec. 06 Belgrade
Dec. 09 Istanbul
Dec. 10 Thessaloniki
Dec. 11 Athens
Dec. 17 Vilnius
Dec. 19 Riga
Jan 23 - Feb 10 - Europe part one with 13 shows
Feb 18 - Tel Aviv - working on more shows surrounding this date
Feb 24 - Mar 15 - Europe part two with 14 shows
19. NOVEMBER - ALBUM DETAILS AND NEW SONG
The official Tricky website and newsletter announced yesterday that the Skilled Mechanics album will be released on January 22. The tracklist according to Pitchfork is:
1. I'm Not Going [ft. Oh Land]
2. Hero [ft. Ann Dao]
3. Don't Go
4. Beijing To Berlin [ft. Ivy 艾菲]
5. Diving Away [feat. Luke Harris, cover of Porno For Pyros' "Porpoise Head"]
7. Bother [feat. Luke Harris, Slipknot cover]
8. How's Your Life
9. Here My Dear
10. We Begin' [ft. Francesca Belmonte]
13. Unreal [ft. Xdare]
You can also read some details on the official website. Most interesting: drummer Luke Harris is doing vocals on the album, which happened almost by accident: "We were on tour recently and the band were soundchecking while I was in the dressing room. I could hear the vocals loud and clear but then my regular singer, Francesca Belmonte walked past the dressing room. I thought, ‘What the fuck?’ So I went out to have a look and there was my drummer filling in for her on vocals because she needed the bathroom. There and then I said to him, ‘Do you know what? On my next project you’re going to be my vocalist…"! Tricky also shares a song from the album: Diving Away (listen on You Tube or Soundcloud). Factmag also mentions a singer named Renata Platon, but she is not mentioned in the tracklist.
9. NOVEMBER - FRANCESCA
Francesca Belmonte will release a deluxe edition of her debut album "Anima" on November 27. You can pre-order it on iTunes, it looks like there will only be a digital issue!? It will have 4 bonus tracks, one of them is a remix by Tricky:
16. Keep Moving (Tricky Remix)
17. We Begin
18. House Of The Rising Sun
19. Are You (Bwana Remix)
She also just released a video for "Walk With You" (watch it on You Tube, unfortunately it's not possible in Germany, so I haven't seen it). And she will be playing a live show (with special guests) in London on December 2 (Birthdays Dalston, free entry).
8. NOVEMBER - TWO MORE CONCERTS
Tricky will be special guest for Selah Sue's Radio 1 Session in Belgium on November 18! Artists are asked to invite special guests who will join them in concert for one night. It's unusual that these guests are international, but Selah Sue explains here that she had email contact with Tricky and he was very friendly and said yes. Good news for everybody is that the concert will be broadcasted live and probably videos will end up on You Tube.
[Thanks to Ferdinand for this info!]
I also found that Tricky will play in Sydney on November 22 for a Cafe Del Mar concert or festival. You can buy tickets here (very cheap!).
7. NOVEMBER - MAXINQUAYE REISSUE
20 years ago Tricky's first album Maxinquaye was released. This summer there was a re-issue as a limited LP version with red vinyl. It is limited to 1000 copies, I will post more details in the discography when I have it. The label is called Music On Vinyl (website here), the catalogue number is MOVLP507. For now you can see some pictures here. It is not sold out yet, so you can still get it if you want. David Bennun wrote an interesting article about 20 years of Maxinquaye for The Quietus (he interviewed Tricky for Melody Maker in 1995 and 1997).
4. NOVEMBER - CONCERT IN ZAGREB
Tricky will play his first "Skilled Mechanics" concerts on December 3 in Zagreb and on December 4 in Split!!! Check out the Facebook event page with some photos here. He will perform with Milo and drummer Luke Harris. You can buy tickets here. I've updated the tourdates. If Google translate is correct there are some interesting infos in the text of the Facebook event:
- the album will have 13 tracks
- guest singers on the album will include Oh Land, Francesca Belmonte, Ann Dao, Xdarea and Ivy.
30. OCTOBER - ALBUM IN JANUARY
Tricky mentioned on Instagram yesterday that the Skilled Mechanics album will be out in January!
16. OCTOBER - NEW EP OUT TODAY
Tricky's new EP "Beijing To Berlin" is out today! You can buy it as a 7 inch or digital download in the K7 store. There's also a video for "Beijing To Berlin", you can watch it on You Tube or Vimeo. The video features Chinese rapped Ivy, who does the vocals on the single. The b-side 'Necessary' is a collaboration of Tricky and Milo and has only vocals by Tricky (plus a surprising sample of his own song 'Silly Games'). I've updated the discography.
3. OCTOBER - MORE SINGLE DETAILS
Finally I found a working audio for Tricky's upcoming single "Beijing To Berlin": click here (the website is here). Some interesting details about this collaboration and the Skilled Mechanics project in general can be found here:
Following two solo albums on his own False Idols imprint, Tricky announces a new collaborative project. Skilled Mechanics is a loose collective with rotating membership that allows Tricky to work with a variety of different artists, while at the same time pushing his unique vocal talents to the forefront. The most prominent of these collaborators on the new record is DJ Milo, who is not only one of his oldest friends but also the first person he ever recorded with, not to mention his introduction to The Wild Bunch. One of the most enigmatic voices on the forthcoming project belongs to the Chinese rapper and producer Ivy. Tricky explains: "I was in Beijing for a show and I met this guy who managed her. He told me that she wanted to work with me so I asked for her to send a vocal track with some drums to me so I could do my thing to it. She's so different! So raw! The strange thing is, I've had the track for a while but I only just found out that she's not rapping in Chinese. I ain't got a clue what language it is. I have no idea. It might be completely made up but whatever it is, it sounds wicked. I'm lucky that with my label, False Idols, I don't need to worry about things like this. I'm never going to have an A&R guy saying to me, 'We don't understand what she's saying.' Because we don't need the support of commercial radio. It was my real good luck meeting her and she's definitely going to be on the next Skilled Mechanics album as well."
This sounds like a press release, but there's nothing on the official Tricky website yet. The Skilled Mechanics album will probably not be released before 2016, as it says here: "More news and big plans for Skilled Mechanics in 2016."
28. SEPTEMBER - SINGLE DETAILS
As you can read here the "Beijing To Berlin" single will have a b-side called "Necessary". The track features Milo! It looks like it will be released as a 7 inch, as you can see in this online shop.
25. SEPTEMBER - FIRST SINGLE: BEIJING TO BERLIN
A first single is announced: Tricky presents Skilled Mechanics - Beijing To Berlin. There is audio on You Tube (but it is not working for me). As you can read here there will be a single (analog, so CD or vinyl) on October 16. The artist is called Tricky / Skilled Mechanics, so I guess it's a sort of project or collective name!? I always thought Skilled Mechanics is the album title. There's also a link to play the song on Spotify, but again this doesn't work for me. Spotify opens, but then it says "the song is not available". Maybe it's because I'm in Germany, I don't know...
[Thanks to Ernie for finding the video!]
21. SEPTEMBER - LIVE SHOWS WILL CHANGE, ALBUM DETAILS
According to this video interview Tricky wants to change his live shows, he said: "I wanna change my show, it'd just be me on stage with my drummer and Milo. It's gonna change the dynamics a little bit. And I'll still do the (thing?) with the female singer, but I wanna be able to change the dynamics". He also explains the name 'Skilled mechanics': "I was reading something: It's a CIA guy talking about assassins, like contract killers. He used the term 'skilled mechanics'. And I just thought it's so clinical, you know, you're talking about someone who kills people". No release date for the album or single yet, though. He describes the music as rap and him doing a lot of vocals.
9. SEPTEMBER - NEW SINGLE SOON
Tricky posted on Instagram two days ago that a new single will be out soon!!! He also posted some lyrics: "SKILLED MECHANICS. First single soon. Why's it here how's it last played out rappers talking guns and cash. I love you though now you know let the hate subside and then we'll grow and we'll ride on through until it ends don't rely on friends to navigate the bends there's only you there's only true see the truth and enjoy the view."
15. AUGUST - NEW ALBUM 'SKILLED MECHANICS'
Tricky mentioned on Instagram yesterday that he will release a new album soon, titled 'Skilled Mechanics'. A while ago he already mentioned this title with some lyrics on Facebook here and here (that's why I thought it was a song title and not an album title). The lyrics were: "At twelve i met my dad his name was Roy he'd forget my name and call me boy" and "I hardly sleep. I hardly breathe. Stay inside. I hardly leave". I don't know if this is the album he did with DJ Milo, which he mentioned in an interview with Red Bull recently.
He also mentioned playing gigs in Mexico in September and in Russia in October, but I didn't find any tour dates with details.
20. JULY - TWO NEW ALBUMS???
According to an interview with Red Bull (read it here), Tricky recorded an album with Russian Rappers (Human Skills of Slow Saga) and one with DJ Milo! Let's hope they will really get released one day!!!
On a side note: Tricky will play at the Carcassone Festival in France in two days (July 22), Francesca will join him!
19. JULY - BITS AND PIECES
Trying to catch up with the past weeks, I was too busy for updates:
- Tricky did a remix of the song S.O.S. by Zoe, you can listen to it on Vevo. The remix is only released digitally so far, a remix CD will be released on August 14, see remix discography for details. Zoe is a band from Mexico, here is their official website.
- If you follow Tricky (knowlewestboy) on Instagram you can see that he moved to Berlin (and is obsessed with clouds and graffiti)!!! Once he mentioned publishing a book with his photographs (although he said to be releasing books a couple of times and it never happened so far).
- It also seems that he is recording new material at the moment!!! Some lyrics were posted on Facebook from a song called "skilled mechanics": "At twelve i met my dad his name was Roy he'd forget my name and call me boy", "I hardly sleep. I hardly breathe. Stay inside. I hardly leave." Hopefully the song will be released in the near future, because it says "coming soon".
- Tricky played in Rome on July 10 (I've updated the concertography), he also mentioned on Instagram that he will be in Mexico City in September (not sure if it's a gig). The official website doesn't list new tourdates, that's really a pity...
- the Obia clothing was sent out finally, I got two shirts that I ordered last week! The female shirts run really small, I'm glad I ordered XL (normally I wear M!). If you still want to order something, go here.
1. JUNE - ANIMA
Francesca Belmonte's solo album "Anima" is finally released today! Check it our if you can! All tracks are produced by Tricky and most are co-written by him. I will add it to the discography tomorrow. Here is her official website. There will be a free launch party tomorrow in London (at Tipsy Dalston) with Francesca performing live, support act will be GhostChant.
21. MAY - OBIA, REAL ART CLOTHING
Tricky did a "lyric clothing collaboration" with Jaga Buyan called Obia. You can buy a sweatshirt or T-shirt with drawings and lyrics by Tricky, designed by Jaga. The official website says: "Each piece features a hand-painted drawing and lyric by Tricky that will become a song.", Tricky says: "I've wanted to do clothing for many years. For my first album I created Tricky Wear but it didn't work out exactly how I wanted. I've known Jaga for many years and she knows what I like and what I don't, so working with her is what I needed to get this right. Moving forwards when writing new lyrics for an album, instead of losing bits of paper when on the road and in hotel rooms, I can send lyrics straight to Jaga and the words from Obia clothing will eventually become a song - real art clothing."
All order are pre-orders and must be placed before June 1, they will ship Mid-June! Hop over to the K7 greedbag to order yours. You can see some picture in this Facebook post and also this one. Unfortunately I can't find the sweatshirt with the grey raglan sleeves in the shop, it was my favorite. You can also see pants on the photos, they are not in the shop either. The T-Shirts are made of 100% cotton, the sweatshirt is 80% cotton, 20% polyester.
1. MAY - SOTX FESTIVAL IN CHINA TOMORROW!
Tricky will play the Sound Of The Xity Festival in Beijing, China, tomorrow (May 2). No word of it on his official website, though, but a couple of websites (for example here) mention it, the official website of the venue can be found here. I just found out after googling, because Tricky posted on his instagram that he is in China at the moment...
12. APRIL - FREE REMIXES OF 'SUN DOWN'
Tricky gives away three remixes of 'Sun Down' for free! You can download them here (or listen at Soundcloud or You Tube). I've added the remixes to the discography, they are:
1. Sun Down (DJ Milo Remix)
2. Sun Down (DJ Still Life Remix)
3. Sun Down (Parallel Thought Remix)
Since there were so many free downloads lately (thanks, Tricky!!!), I've added a list of them to the Adrian Thaws minisite, go here to see if you have missed any.
22. MARCH - NO FRANCESCA IN SOUTH AMERICA, ANIMA ON JUNE 1
Obviously the information on trickysite.com about is wrong, Francesca is NOT going to be on tour with Tricky in South America. She posted that on Facebook yesterday. What a pity...
But check out her album "Anima", it will be out on June 1 and you can already preorder it on iTunes. It contains the already shared tracks 'Stole', 'Lying on the moon' 'Hiding in the rushes', and 'Are you' (listen on Soundcloud). Also a track called 'Joker' will be on the album, which is probably the live song that she performed a lot with Tricky (I sing for the Joker). I hoped that 'I could' from the False Idols sampler would also be on the album, but it doesn't seem so. She also shared a track called 'It ain't me babe' which doesn't seem to be on the album!?
21. MARCH - SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR & FREE DOWNLOAD
Tricky will play a couple of gigs in South America (Brazil and Argentina) soon, check the tourdates for details! According to the official site he will be joined by a full live band, Francesca Belmonte on vocals and K Bleax on backing vocals. In May he will play a festival in Brighton.
You can also download a free track here: a new version of "Something in the way" with brazilian singer Mallu Magalh„es.
14. FEBRUARY - FRANCESCA'S ALBUM "ANIMA" IN MAY, NEW SONG
Francesca's solo album will finally be released in May! Factmag also reveals the album title: 'Anima' (which means 'soul'). Francesca shares a new track from the album called 'Lying On The Moon', it features some vocals by Tricky. You can listen to it on Soundcloud or You Tube (doesn't work in Germany, as always). Besides that song she already shared 3 songs from the album, all on Soundcloud: Stole, Hiding In The Rushes, It Ain't Me Babe (remember you can also download these 3 songs following this link). Maybe the album will also have two older songs: "I Sing For The Joker" (from the Brownpunk promo sampler, see discography here) or "I Could" (from the "Matter Of Time EP" or the "False Idols label sampler", see discography here).
5. FEBRUARY - FREE REMIX FOR DOWNLOAD
Tricky remixed a track called "Bengali Cinema" from Garden City Movement. The band anounced on their Facebook page that they will give this remix and others away for free! You can download the package here, it features five more remixes. Garden City Movement are a newly formed band from Tel Aviv, Israel. I've also added the remix to the remix discography.
1. FEBRUARY - MOON PALACE ON FACEBOOK
Some news concerning this website: with the help of Thorben (aka Trickynerd) I've started a Facebook page for moon-palace.de to post about updates of moon palace, build a little community and discuss Tricky-related things with you all! I hope you will hop over (go here) and enjoy it! Thorben and me will do the Facebook page together (while this website will still be updated by me, kitty).
31. JANUARY - LIVE RECORDING FOR DOWNLOAD
At the Berlin show we got a flyer with a link to download live recordings for free (pic of the flyer here)! You just need to sign up for the official newsletter. The download contains 10 tracks from last year's show at B90 in Gdansk (October 29). You can use this link to download the tracks. I've also added it to the discography.
29. JANUARY - TOUR CHANGES
As you can read on her Facebook page, Ajeya is not singing on Tricky's European tour! She wrote: "Further to disagreements between our respective managements, I decided to end my collaboration with Tricky. I send all my good vibes to Knowle west boy. My legendary discretion asks you to believe that; meetings are made whereas others do not have to take place. With me, nothing happens by chance and nothing can be foreseen. This is who I am.
Thank you for your warm support and stay tuned. I give you a great sound Made In AJEYA / Soon!"
A little cryptic, but fact is that she is not on tour with him. Neither is Francesca, although I don't know why! The singer is someone totally new, her name is K Bleax (on Facebook here, with a short video of the Brussels show). Again no bass and keyboard player, so the band is only guitarist (Tristan Cassel-Delavois) and drummer (Luke Harris).
Be sure to avoid making a selfie without Tricky's permission, or your phone will land in the audience, as it happened in Brussels (see here).
18. JANUARY - MERCHANDISE, AJEYA, FREE DOWNLOAD
Lots of news in 2015 already! There is some Tricky merchandise in the K7 store (here). Tricky will be joined by singer Ajeya on his upcoming European tour. She is from La Reunion, you can check her out on Facebook or Soundcloud. As a little goodie you can download three tracks from her and Tricky for free, follow this link! The download includes:
- Tricky feat. Ajeya: Nicotine Love (French Language version)
- Tricky feat. Ajeya: Ready
- Tricky feat. Ajeya: Same Old Song
You can also listen to these three songs on Soundcloud.
1. JANUARY - TOURDATES, VIDEO FOR PALESTINE GIRL
Happy new year everybody! 2015 starts with a European tour by Tricky!!! Check out the full itinerary in the tourdates.
In December a video for Palestine Girl was released, you can watch it on You Tube (or here for us poor Germans who can't watch it on You Tube). I've also added it to the videography. Trickysite.com explains the background of the video: Produced & directed by TypeArts, Sławek Wąchała, JuzzMedia & Sebastian Juszczyk, the video came about when Tricky met the Polish directors after a show in October – the next day, the dramatic video was created.
TRICKY PRESENTS SKILLED MECHANICS (ALBUM, 22. JANUARY 2016)
1. I'm Not Going [ft. Oh Land]
unreleased projects that the world is still waiting for:
TRICKY: BREEDERS COVER ALBUM
THE REASON (?)
& TRICKA - BACKATIV
NOISE CONSPIRACY - SMASH IT UP (TRICKY REMIX)
BATTALION - ???
'STREET DOG AND SCRAPPY LOVE'
DJ MUGGS: STONEPONY PROJECT
FINLEY QUAYE & IGGY POP: PLEASE SHARE MY DAPPY UMBRELLA
2. DECEMBER 2014 - FRANCESCA
10. JULY 2014 - LYRICS TO "NICOTINE LOVE"
17. MAY 2014 - BOOK & BULGARIA
27. APRIL 2014 - "HEY LOVE" NOMINATED FOR VIDEO AWARD
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