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- Mixed Race by Tricky
7/10 Frederic Goulet Customer review, 27th June 2017
Tricky. The ever nomad artist released in 2010 his ninth album (counting Nearly God). Mixed Race is a bag of surprises and under thirty minutes it's one hell of a ride. You go from the classic-Tricky sounding opener Every Day to modern gangsta-rap closer Bristol To London, sung by his brother Marlon Thaws. In between is a mixed bunch of ideas. Like I wrote before, you have common Tricky: laid back songs driven by a slow beat backed by female vocals (Every Day, Early Bird and Come To Me) that link his 90's output to Mixed Race. They're pretty good songs, reminder of Maxinquaye's Overcome or Vent from Pre-Millenium Tension. Granted, the paranoia or the angst so reminiscent of his early albums are nowhere to be found. But still, Tricky seems to have learned from past ideas, whether it's the cockrock off Knowle West Boy, the super commercialized sound of Blowback or the puddly Vulnerable and ventures instead in styles that he master.
Even when he's experimenting what you get are totally baked ideas. Whether it's the Daft Punk sampled UK Jamaican or the dancish Time To Dance, it works. Other highlights include a sampled Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn Theme" in Murder Weapon, a great single that showed Tricky could still have fun after all and Really Real that draws from his past sound but adding punch with pulsative and menacing beats over great vocals.
Another strong point is the collaborators. Here Franky Riley, Terry Lynn, Bobby Gillespie and Hakim Hamadouche, to name of few, blast Tricky's set of songs into orbit with the perfect accompagnement for him.
Mixed Race proved with the years that followed and subsequent releases (False Idols, Adrian Thaws and Skilled Mechanics) that Tricky was aiming for a something like a return to his 90's sound. Still in 2010, it was great to hear him finally embracing the sound he himself ploughed back in the days and listen to a concise but precise album.
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