Tricky: from Massive Attack to bigger things....
bands have ever achieved such instant acclaim as Massive Attack did on
the release of their debut album, 'Blue Lines'. And even fewer bands have
then managed to disappear quite so completely off the face of the planet.
However, 1994 sees at least one comeback out of Bristolian trio with the
release of the clunkingly marvellous and incredibly relaxed 'Aftermath'
single from rapper Tricky (he once went by the name Tricky Kid,
but presumably he's grown up since). In the Rizla stakes, it makes The
Orb sound rather uptight and fractious. Poised halfway between the old-style
Massive Attack sound and a whole new ball game of sampled woodwind and
banging cowbells, 'Aftermath' finds the gruff-voiced rapper cantering around
the mixing desk like Tom Waits on National Good Groove Day. Not that he
really raps on it, you understand. Oh no. Nothing as strenuous as that.
But at least it's a start.
How did 'Aftermath' come
to re-do it in a proper studio. I found the girl that sings on it, Martina,
sittin on my garden wall when I was coming back from the shops. She's only
18 but she's got a great voice, so I let her do the single. I don't really
consider myself to be a rapper. I'm more of a lyricist really."
What are the single's
It's been ages since there's
been any Massive Attack activity. What have you all been up to? Counting
But you all live in the
we ever going to hear from Massive Attack again?
"Oh sure. The others are in the studio at the moment. I've written a track called 'Kharma Coma' which we've finished, and there two or three other songs that are done."
Will it be very different
to 'Blue Lines'?
It's pretty clear you're
not very interested in hip hop's standard blunts-and-brutality inspirational
Well you are both signed
to the same record company. Maybe this time next year we could be talking
about a PJ/Tricky duet?
Mr. Albini, you have been warned.
|analyze me (Tricky)|