Tricky - Mixed Race

When it's good, it's superfly
Tricky - Mixed Race
Perhaps surprisingly, Adrian Thaws’ Tricky schtick has yet to get old, with the only missteps on this, his ninth, album arriving when he conforms to, rather than resists, convention.

Where it’s good however, it’s superfly. ‘Every Day’ is a slippery, sweaty and sexy opener; new discovery Frankey Riley a vocalist to watch as she plays the sultry female spar to Thaw’s lyrics, mumbled through a fug of dope smoke.

The upbeat cuts are similarly effective, Tricky getting his analogue on with lowrider basslines thundering past tight percussion, while the Peter Gunn roll of lead single ‘Murder Weapon’ screams hit.

7/10

Words by Kingsley Marshall

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