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.
2. DECEMBER 2014 - FRANCESCA
Francesca is sharing three tracks from her upcoming solo album: 'Stole', 'It ain't me babe' (Bob Dylan cover) and 'Hiding in the rushes'. Go to Soundcloud to listen to them or use this link to download the tracks for free. As you can read on Clash Tricky said about her: "Of all the artists I've ever worked with this is the best collaboration, as soon as people hear this album they'll understand why I say this." She also did a video for 'Stole' (see this pic on Twitter), which is the first single, release on November 28. If you haven't already read it check out this great interview with her on Hunger. She talks a lot about her album (working title "Anima") and working with Tricky. Mykki Blanco will also be on her album on one track. Another song that will probably be on her album is 'I could' (listen on You Tube).
1. DECEMBER 2014 - TRICKY RADIO
Tricky hosted the show 6 Mix on BBC 6 a while ago (October 31), you can see the playlist and listen to it here. More recently he co-hosted the show The Remix with Eddy Temple Morris on XFM (November 14). I found the playlist here, but no option to listen to it again.
30. NOVEMBER 2014 - TOURDATES & FRANCESCA GIG
I just found a new Tricky gig in December: he is playing at the Taksirat Festival in Skopje, as you can read here.
Tricky will also play several European cities in January and February, the short tour ends with a gig in Tel Aviv, Israel (see tourdates for all details). Berlin is also on the list, which makes me very happy :)
Francesca will be performing her solo material live at The Garage in London on December 3. Guitar player Tristan Cassel-Delavois will be joining her.
29. OCTOBER 2014 - FRANCESCA'S ALBUM & COVER ALBUM
Tricky said in a recent interview with Faze Mag (read it here, it's in German) that he just finished mixing Francesca's album, it will have 14 tracks. He also wants to release a cover album this year that he wrote in the tourbus, it will have songs by The Cure and Billie Holiday amongst others.
26. OCTOBER 2014 - SUN DOWN REMIX
The 'Sun Down' single will be released on November 3 or 4, but you can already listen to the Actress Tes Remix on Soundcloud. The single will probably only released digital, although a promo CD that I bought says there will be a digital and physical release (see promo discography).
9. OCTOBER 2014 - SUN DOWN SINGLE & FRENCH RADIO INTERVIEW
'Sun Down' will be the next single from 'Adrian Thaws'. It will be released on November 4 (or November 3, according to Deezer), probably only as a digital download. You can buy it at Amazon, Boomkat or other places. It will have a new remix (Actress Tes Remix, by Actress) and the Young Fathers Remix of Nicotine Love (that is already released). Actress is a British producer (Darren J. Cunningham).
Tricky did a short radio interview on France Culture, the show is called Noir Brillant. You can listen to it here, unfortunately it is dubbed in French.
25. SEPTEMBER 2014 - I AM ADRIAN THAWS
Fact Magazine is releasing a documentary about Tricky on Monday, September 29. It is called "I am Adrian Thaws" and according to their website "the film covers the iconic Bristol musician’s life in candid detail, from his battle with to drugs to his high-profile relationships and feuds."
Also the 'Sun Down' video is now available in Germany, too, through Vevo.
23. SEPTEMBER 2014 - SUN DOWN VIDEO RELEASED
The video for 'Sun Down' is now online, check it out here (not available in Germany, hopefully there will be a possibility to watch it tomorrow).
22. SEPTEMBER 2014 - SUN DOWN VIDEO
Tricky posted earlier that he shot in a video in New York, now he unveils for which song: Sun Down! The video was shot with Norman Reedus and Mizuo Peck (as you can see on Facebook) and will be released soon. Meanwhile check out the Adrian Thaws mini site that I put together.
20. SEPTEMBER 2014 - BLN FM & ALBUM OF THE DAY
Tricky was on a Berlin radio show (BLN.fm) in August. You can listen to the one-hour special on Soundcloud or check out their website.
'Adrian Thaws' was chosen "album of the day" on BBC 6 yesterday (as you can read in this Facebook post).
15. SEPTEMBER 2014 - MORE FUTURE RELEASES
Tricky said in this Italian interview that he wants to release recordings he did in New Orleans with Trombone Shorty and a big band. These were mentioned in the New York archive a while ago, check it out here. He also said he wants to release a cover album that he did two years ago. (I hope I understood it all correctly!)
14. SEPTEMBER 2014 - FUTURE RELEASES
Tricky talked in an interview with the Austrian "Kurier" about the future: he wants to start record new material in October and release the next album around the end of next year! Francesca's solo album will be out in January 2015 (read the full interview here, in German though).
12. SEPTEMBER 2014 - WORLD TOUR SOON?
As you can read in this salessheet (under 'key points') Tricky is planning a world tour for the end of 2014 / early 2015. Meanwhile I've added some details for the album 'Adrian Thaws' to the discography (with links to listen to every track and pictures of the vinyl version, as I'm still waiting desperately for my pre-ordered Deluxe CD to arrive), the samples page (for 'Right Here' and 'Keep Me In Your Shake', I omitted a sample from 'Gangster Chronicle' which I explained in the discography) and the cover page (for the two cover songs 'Silly Games' and 'Gangster Chronicle'). I will add lyrics tomorrow, probably.
7. SEPTEMBER 2014 - ALBUM RELEASED
Tricky's new album "Adrian Thaws" was released on Friday, at least in several online shops. My pre-ordered copy didn't arrive yet, unfortunately :(
I've added the release to the solo discography, more details will follow the next days...
4. SEPTEMBER 2014 - VIDEO SHOOT IN NEW YORK
According to Tricky on Twitter he shot a video in New York last week. It will probably be "Nicotine Love", as this is the first single!?
3. SEPTEMBER 2014 - ALBUM STREAM
The new album "Adrian Thaws" is just a few days away from release - it seems the release date is now September 5 and not 8 as listed earlier (at least on Amazon)! I got a shipping notification today from K7 for the pre-ordered autographed Deluxe CD, so I hope it will arrive tomorrow or Friday. Yay! You can already stream the full album on NPR, go here if you want. Or listen to an album sampler on You Tube (if you don't happen to live in Germany where it is blocked).
2. SEPTEMBER 2014 - NEW YORK ARCHIVE
Check out the "Adrian Thaws archive '95-'99" on Tumblr - which are photos from a storage place in New York with lots of musical and personal items from Tricky. It dates back to the years 95 to 99, in which he had lived in New York. The photographer is Amy Albataew. Almost every day a new photo is added, sometimes with a comment by Tricky himself. There seems to be a lot of unreleased material (I often wondered where it was stored!), for example something he recorded for "Angels with dirty faces":
"These are recordings I did with a marching band in New Orleans, lead by a trumpet player named Shorty. I was there for about six weeks, broke my leg, and moved into an old church. These recordings were done over about three days. As far I know they haven’t been heard at all."
My dream would be to be locked in that storage place and listen to all this stuff for a week! :)
19. AUGUST 2014 - LONNIE LISTEN
You can hear another track from the upcoming album on Spotify: "Lonnie Listen" with Francesca and Mykki Blanco. It is part of a playlist called "The diary of Adrian Thaws" and more tracks from the album will be added in the future. If you want to go to the playlist, follow this link.
14. AUGUST 2014 - BBC 4 RADIO
Tricky will be performing live on BBC 4 radio on Saturday, 18.15 (here is their website). It will probably be an interview and a performance of one songs, like last year.
9. AUGUST 2014 - ALBUM DETAILS
As the release of the new album "Adrian Thaws" is just a month away, I wanted to compile all the infos I could find about it. Tricky played a couple of songs from the new album live already, so here are all the songs from the new album that we already heard, live or officially released:
- Why Don't You (live @ Fuzz, Athens with Bella Gotti/No Lay)
- Gangster Chronicles (live @ NDK, Sofia with Bella Gotti/No Lay)
- Keep Me In Your Shake (live @ Pohoda Festival, Trencin)
- Silly Games (album version, released on iTunes)
- Nicotine Love (album version, released on iTunes)
- Sun Down DJ Milo Remix (Jap. bonus track, radio show with DJ Milo, starting at 49 min)
- Nicotine Love (Straight Face Remix feat. Young Fathers) (not on the album)
Which songs did we expect to be on the album, but didn't make it? "I Live Alone" is such a song! It's a song played live for many years (listen here) and Tricky posted a photo on Facebook a while ago with this song recorded. Also the Breeders cover "Do you love me now" didn't make it to the album, which has been played live a lot.
What do we know about the album from official website? I just found a press release about the new album here. Most interesting details:
- Mazy (his daughter) appears on the album as Silver Tongue
- she also introduced him to Tirzah
- 'My Palestine Girl' is a political song about Israel and Palestina, inspired by a relationship in Paris
- 'The Unloved' is a revolutionary poem by a friend called AJ
Another similar version of this press release is the biography on Trickysite.com, I just noticed that! It also mentions that a cover album is on its way (probably the Breeders cover album that Tricky talked about in an interview (Faster Louder, 2013), which explains why the song I mention earlier is not on 'Adrian Thaws') and Francesca's solo album.
8. AUGUST 2014 - RUSSIA TOUR
It seems Tricky is playing some gigs in Russia and surrounding countries in September/October! I found something here - I don't understand Russian, but the tourposter speaks for itself! The tourdates are also listed on Last.fm!
7. AUGUST 2014 - NICOTINE LOVE REMIX & SILLY GAMES
There is a remix of 'Nicotine Love' by the Young Fathers, called 'Straight Face Remix', much more mellow than the original and without Francesca's vocals. You can listen to it on You Tube or Soundcloud or download it for free! For the download you just have to sign up to the newsletter from Tricky's official website, go here. The original version was already played on the radio here in Berlin, by the way!
Tricky also shared a new song from the upcoming album called "Silly Games" featuring Tirzah (listen on You Tube or Soundcloud). It is a cover of a song by Janet Kay from 1979, listen to the original on You Tube for a little compare and contrast. If you pre-order the album 'Adrian Thaws' on iTunes, you can download 'Silly Games' and 'Nicotine Love' immediately. I've added the lyrics for 'Silly Games' to the lyrics page.
Tricky will play another festival: Leffinge Leuren Festival in Oostende (Belgium) on September 20. This is the first concert after the released of the new album (so far), so he will probably play lots of new songs there!
11. JULY 2014 - JAPANESE BONUS TRACK: SUN DOWN (DJ MILO REMIX)
The Japanese CD of "Adrian Thaws" will have an exclusive bonus track: Sun Down (DJ Milo Remix). You can see that at HMV. It will be released on September 6. When I searched the net for DJ Milo and Tricky I stumbled upon the radio show "Know Wave", which had Tricky and DJ Milo as guests on June 30. And guess what - the last song they played is that remix!!!! You can listen to it on Soundcloud (The remix of "Sun Down" is the last track, it starts at 49:01 min).
10. JULY 2014 - LYRICS TO "NICOTINE LOVE"
Tricky has posted a picture on Facebook with the lyrics of "Nicotine Love". I've added it to the lyrics section (go here).
6. JULY 2014 - ALBUM "ADRIAN THAWS" ON SEPT. 8
According to the official website Tricky will release his next album on September 8! The title will be "Adrian Thaws", because "so many times people have tried to put a finger on me and every album I go to a different place.”, as he puts it. This time the album will have more of a club / hip hop sound and is "designed to be played loud". A first single is already available for download, called "Nicotine Love". It features vocals by Tricky and Francesca Belmonte, you can listen to it on Soundcloud or You Tube. Other collaborators on the album include Nneka (from "Nothing matters" on False Idols), Mykki Blanco (support act in Berlin last year), Bella Gotti (aka Nolay, from recent tourdates), Tirzah, Blue Daisy and Oh Land (danish singer, posted some years ago that she was recording songs with Tricky). It contains two cover songs: "Gangster Chronicles" by London Posse, often played live, and "Silly Games" by Janet Kaye. Here's the complete tracklist and the album art for the album:
1) You can already pre-order the album as a download version on iTunes and buy "Nicotine Love" instantly, the download version has ESP as a bonus track, so 14 tracks all in all.
2) You can pre-order an autographed CD version (available on !K7 here). The pre-order CD has two bonus tracks (so 15 tracks) and comes as a hard case book format with photos from Tricky's family and friends.
3) You can pre-order an autographed double vinyl. It doesn't have any of the bonus tracks, but the photos as well.
I don't know if there will be a "normal" CD version with or witout bonus tracks... ESP was already released in May as a free giveaway, download it on the official website. The song is probably much older, an instrumental version was released on a promo CD around the year 2003 (see promo discography)
BELMONTE: ANIMA (June 1)
TRICKY: BREEDERS COVER ALBUM (???)
unreleased projects that the world is still waiting for:
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
17. MAY 2014 - BOOK & BULGARIA
27. APRIL 2014 - "HEY LOVE" NOMINATED FOR VIDEO AWARD
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