He invented trip-hop, giving the UK a new strain of urban music, something that had only really come out of the US before. He married the atmosphere of ethereal and dreamy pop with the hypnotic rhythms of hip hop. He recalibrated funk. Tricky is certainly one of the most innovative artists of our times, having first come to attention with Massive Attack and then with his stunning debut ‘Maxinquaye’, followed by ‘Nearly-God’, which featured Neneh Cherry and Björk.

Last year in some rare live appearances he again performed ‘Maxinquaye’ alongside Martina Topley-Bird, and now we can look forward to his new album: ‘False Idols’, to be released on his own label and which will debut young talent from all over the world. ‘False Idols’ will be out in May and is preceded by the single ‘Nothing’s Changed’. The album features both old friends from Massive Attack plus discoveries like Francesca Belmonte and Fifi Rong. There will also be Peter Silberman, The Antler Group and the Nigerian new soul diva Nneka. Each track is designed to bring the best out of its collaborator and the album launch will be followed by an extensive world tour.


Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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