7. FEBRUARY 2016 - PMT EXANDED ISSUE
Not only Maxinquaye got a new release, but also Pre Millenium Tension! An "expanded issue" CD will be released by Cherry Red Records on March 11 (although all shops say March 18). Here is their official website with more details about the release. It is remastered, has a "sleeve essay from Record Collector’s Paul McGuinness" (whatever that is) and has 5 bonus tracks:
- Flynn [from Christiansands single]
- Devils' Helper [from Grassroots EP]
- Grass Roots [from Grassroots EP & Tricky Kid CD 2 & 12"]
- Makes Me Wanna Die (Tricky's Extremix) [from Tricky Kid CD 2 & 12"]
- Piano (The Green Stinky Mix) [by A Guy Called Gerald, from Makes Me Wanna Die CD 2]
6. FEBRUARY 2016 - BBC 6 MUSIC FESTIVAL IN BRISTOL, TICKETS FOR BERLIN
Tricky will play live at the BBC 6 Music Festival in Bristol on February 13. There will not only be Bristolian music at that festival, but also a lot more going on. For example they will show the (brilliant!) Tricky documentary "Naked and Famous" on February 14 at The Watershed (14.30). The director Mark Kidel will even introduce the film, as you can read here. They will also show the live part that was broadcasted afterwards (Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 16. April 1997). The documentary was shown on TV a couple of times and later released on the 'Ruff Guide' DVD without the live part (see discography here).
And on another note: you can win 2 tickets for Tricky's concert in Berlin here. But hurry up, the deadline is February 10.
5. FEBRUARY 2016 - NEW REMIX, TOURDATES
Tricky posted on Instagram that a remix of 'Boy' by DJ Riddla is out. You can listen to it on Noisey. I don't know if it will be officially released, but Tricky said in an interview that Boy will be the next single, so maybe it will be a b-side...
There were also two more concerts added to the European tour: Brussels on April 11 and Amsterdam on April 12, go to the tourdates to see all. [Thanks for Ferdinand for this info!]
2. FEBRUARY 2016 - TRICKY'S BBC 6 MIX, JAPAN RELEASE POSTPONED
Tricky hosted the radio show 6 Mix on BBC 6 back in 2014. Because of the upcoming BBC 6 Festival in Bristol they are streaming it again, together with the 6 Mix of Massive Attack. You can listen to the show here until February 29. Tricky plays songs and explains their influence on him. Here is the playlist back from 2014, October 31. The original Tricky show was 2 hours, now they are only playing the first hour, unfortunately. I've added it to Tricky radio, also added an older radio show called "Loveline" which is really funny, so check it out.
And on a side note: it seems the Japanese release of 'Skilled Mechanics' with the bonus track 'Waiting For Hours' is postponed to February 20, at least that's what they say here (now they say February 10).
28. JANUARY 2016 - 'RITUAL SPIRIT' RELEASED TODAY
Massive Attack's EP 'Ritual Spirit' was released today as a download version. It has a track with Tricky on it ('Take it there') and even a video for it (watch it on Vevo or You Tube, it is directed by Hiro Murai). You can buy the download on Amazon, iTunes or other places, it's also on Spotify. A double vinyl version will be released on March 4, you can already preorder it here. And as you can read on Pitchfork, another EP and album will be released later this year. It doesn't say if there will be any more tracks with Tricky. I've added 'Ritual Spirit' to the collaborations discography.
25. JANUARY 2016 - TRACK WITH MASSIVE ATTACK
Massive Attack released an interactive iPhone app (for iPhone 5s and upwards) that features a track with Tricky! The app is called Fantom and with it you can remix 4 tracks, read more about it here. One of the tracks is a collaboration with Tricky and called "Take It There". 3D also hinted to a physical release of the original mixes on an EP called "Ritual Spirit". He posted a picture of a vinyl cover on Intagram. Apparently it has leaked already, and here's why: this website says that a dutch online store (Mega Media) accidentily sold the download. They removed it now, but some people were able to buy it. The official release is rumoured to be this Friday or next.
Maybe the track was recorded by Tricky and 3D in Paris in 2012 (see a photo here), maybe it's the one he talked about in the Resident Advisor interview, who knows...
23. JANUARY 2016 - SKILLED MECHANICS JAPANESE CD
The Japanese version of 'Skilled Mechanics' will be released on January 27. Usually Japanese CD have a bonus track, I think this time it's "Waiting For Hours" (see this online store). I think there will be a download code for this unreleased track, but I can't confirm it for sure. The song was probably recorded in 2012 or 2013, since it was used in Tricky's short film "Sophie Sees" (details are here). You can listen to parts of the song on You Tube (at 8:43 minutes).
Also check out a long interview with Tricky on Resident Advisor.
22. JANUARY 2016 - SKILLED MECHANICS OUT TODAY
'Tricky presents Skilled Mechanics' is released today! I've gathered all the necessary infos on the Skilled Mechanics mini site and the discography. More will follow in the next days (lyrics, samples, cover scans...). Feel free to share your oppinions about the albums on my Facebook page.
21. JANUARY 2016 - TOUR START, NEW GUITARIST
Tricky starts his European tour today in Istanbul! He has a new guitarist, Paul Noels, as he mentions in an interview with 030 Magazin (read it here, in German, they write Noel, but it should be Noels). I've added him to the musicians page.
20. JANUARY 2016 - NEWS FROM RADIO INTERVIEWS
Tricky did some German radio interviews lately: one on FluxFM (you can listen on Soundcloud, all in English). Most interesting news from the Flux FM interviews:
- Skilled Mechanics are Tricky and Luke Harris (I thought DJ Milo was more a "regular member" than a guest)
- they want to release a second album next year with different guests
- the track with Oh Land is 6 years old and was recorded for her album, but because she was dropped from her record label he could use the song
- he wants to finish his project with Russian rappers this year (or next year)
The other interview was on Deutschlandradio (you can listen to it when you click on "Beitrag hören", unfortunately it is dubbed in German). It's not as interesting, but during the interview you can hear the track "Bother" with Luke Harris!!! (starting at about 7.35 min left)
17. JANUARY 2016 - BOOK
Tricky posted on Instagram that he's working on a book right now: "Finishing the book life pics family pics, words and lyrics from past till present." Sounds good, but from 1998 to 2002 a book was planned to be released, which never happened (take a look at the history of it here). Let's hope it will happen this time!
14. JANUARY 2016 - NEW TRACK "BOY"
Tricky shared a new track today: 'Boy' (listen to it on You Tube or Soundcloud). The lyrics are autobiographical, "everything on that track is true. Every word on ‘Boy’ is actual fact." (Spin) The song is taken from the forthcoming album 'Skilled Mechanics' which will be relased next Friday (January 22).
27. NOVEMBER 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - ALBUM IN JANUARY
Tricky mentioned on Instagram yesterday that the Skilled Mechanics album will be out in January!
16. OCTOBER 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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.
TRICKY: SKILLED MECHANICS, SECOND ALBUM (2016 or 2017)
TRICKY & HUMAN SKILLS OF SLOW SAGA: ALBUM??? (2016 or 2017)
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
1. MAY 2015 - SOTX FESTIVAL IN CHINA TOMORROW!
22. MARCH 2015 - NO FRANCESCA IN SOUTH AMERICA, ANIMA ON JUNE 1
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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