SOME STUFFS: Tricky introduces himself as Skilled Mechanics

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Tricky is back with a new album coming out in early 2016 but he doesn’t want to be Tricky. Well, he still is but he’s not going to be the artist formerly known as. He simply feels a need to change up so rather than having to stay behind and kick back with everyone honoring the 20th anniversary of his debut album Maxinquaye, he has started a project where he is the core and is collaborating with different people throughout the album. Say hello to Skilled Mechanics, who are releasing the self-titled debut album on January 22nd through Tricky’s label, False Idols. As for the first version of Skilled Mechanics, he is bringing in DJ Milo and Luke Harris. They may be there the next time, there may be others the next time around but again, Tricky will always be the core, even if you don’t see him. But you can hear him.

SOME STUFFS: Tricky has a new album ready for September release


The new album from Tricky is recorded, mixed, mastered, and ready to go, and this one will be released on the 8th of September called Adrian Thaws (False Idols/!K7). If you think you know where Tricky will be going next, then you’re not a true fan of Tricky, for he is going somewhere else, as always, or as Tricky himself said about the new effort, “so many times people have tried to put a finger on me and every album I go to a different place.” You may have a hint of where that place will be by listening to “Nicotine Love”, which features Francesca Belmonte on vocals and who appears throughout the album.

SOME STUFFS: New video and U.S. tour dates from Tricky


After a snag earlier this year that forced him to postpone his tour, Tricky will be making his way back to the United States in October in support of False Idols (my review of which can be read by clicking here). He will begin his American jaunt in the city of jawns, Philadelphia.

October 1… Philadelphia, PA (Union Transfer)
October 2… New York, NY (Webster Hall)
October 3… Boston, MA (Royale)
October 5… Washington, DC (U Street Music Hall)
October 8… Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)
October 9… Chicago, IL (Metro)
October 12… Dallas, TX (House of Blues)
October 13… Houston, TX (House of Blues)
October 14… Austin, TX (Emo’s)
October 17… Denver, CO (Gothic Theatre)
October 19… San Francisco, CA (Treasure Island Music Festival)
October 23… Los Angeles, CA (El Rey)
October 25… Asheville, NC (Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit)

If you didn’t see it on the top, Tricky now has a video for “Parenthesis”. Let it gloss over you.

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SOME STUFFS: Tricky postpones US tour until October


At this moment, Tricky was to supposed to be on American shores to support his new album, False Idols (my review of which can be read by clicking here.) Unfortunately, due to issues having to do with his visa, the entire tour of North America had to be canceled. All tickets for the postponed June dates will be honored for re-scheduled dates in the same city (even if venue has changed). In the case that the re-scheduled date is not an option, refunds will be available at point of original ticket purchase. Here are the rescheduled dates along with a few new shows, including stops at the Treasure Island Music Festival and the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit.

October 1… Philadelphia, PA (Union Transfer)
October 2… New York, NY (Webster Hall)
October 3… Boston, MA (Royale)
October 5… Washington, DC (U Street Music Hall)
October 8… Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)
October 9… Chicago, IL (Metro)
October 12… Dallas, TX (House of Blues)
October 13… Houston, TX (House of Blues)
October 14… Austin, TX (Emo’s)
October 17… Denver, CO (Gothic Theatre)
October 19… San Francisco, CA (Treasure Island Music Festival)
October 23… Los Angeles, CA (El Rey)
October 25… Asheville, NC (Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit)

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SOME STUFFS: Tricky returns to North American shores in June

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Tricky’s forthcoming album, False Idols (False Idols/!k7), will be released in 28 days (or four weeks from the time I posted this news entry) and he has just announced his return to North America for a string of show:

June 8… Columbus, OH (Newport Music Hall)
June 9… Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
June 11… Philadelphia, PA (Union Transfer)
June 13… New York City (Webster Hall)
June 14… Boston, MA (Royale)
June 17… Chicago, IL (Metro)
June 18… Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)
June 20… Dallas, TX (House of Blues)
June 21… Houston, TX (House of Blues)
June 22… Austin, TX (Stubb’s BBQ)

You may listen to one of the songs on the album called “Tribal Drums”, featuring vocalist Francesca Belmonte. You may stream and listen, or download for free while supplies last. To find out what I think of False Idols, you may read my review of it in full by clicking here.

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REVIEW: Tricky’s “False Idols”

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That might be an all-too-easy way to describe the musical path Tricky has taken for himself over the years, but with False Idols (False Idols/!k7) it seems he has something to prove, even if it means toning down a few of his more well known eccentricities to come up with, dare I say it, a pop album. Wait: Tricky made a pop album? Well, this is Tricky, and he never does anything proper and regular, so allow me to explain.

On his new album, the musical valleys he is known for are very much there. Beats may be taken from other sources, maybe recreated, and yet they sound familiar because you expect to hear a bit of the familiar. But maybe not in these new valleys. The album features vocals from Fifi Rong and Nneka, and what I like is that in some tracks, Tricky’s vocals come off like a mutual dialogue, as if one is talking to the other and coming up with the same thoughts and ideas. Or maybe Tricky has always been creative in using female vocalists as a means to display his more sensitive side through their voices. As for the pop side of things, these songs are fairly straight forward in that they’re verse-chorus-verse, and touch on loneliness and love missed. As for themes that are sinister in the vein of something like “Tricky Kid”, don’t expect that here. While some may find it easy to compare the musical styles and compositions of Maxinquaye, I found this a bit closer to Tricky’s Nearly God project, where many of the songs had the means of becoming singles. They’re not as adventurous as “Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos”, “Hell Is Round The Corner” or “Christiansands”, but by saying they’re not as doesn’t mean these songs are “less than”. In a track like “Nothing’s Changed”, the thought is that throughout time, everything will remain the same, but is there something appealing to sameness? If so, what is it?

There are songs where Tricky takes on full reign, and I’ve always loved it when he drops wisdom in his sing song/rap style, or in a spoken word fashion. “Valentine” shows that things in life may not be as festive as the title may suggest, but in the album closer “Passion Of The Christ”, he unleashes that rough neck voice over a beat that plays with the concept of what the False Idols title suggests. Is it spiritual, or is it everything around us that leads people to finding love and promise in idolatry? There is an answer, or at least a number of answers and by the end, he makes you think again. False Idols is not a return to old and classic Tricky, I don’t want to say that nor would I. It’s a continuation of this man’s creative process and we find his path leading here, and being here only means moving forward to find out what’s out there.

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VIDEO: Tricky featuring Francesca Belmonte’s “Does It”


Your eyes and ears are not deceiving you: this is a brand new track from Tricky, and he is joined by vocalist Francesca Belmonte as a means to haunt you in a concise manner. This song is called “Does It”, and he does, or even better: “they do”. It is from Tricky’s brand new False Idols album, due out May 28th.

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BANDCAMP SUGGESTIONS: Omni’s “I AM OMNI”

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Photobucket First off, I want to offer an apology to Omni. As you might know, I’ve been a fan of yours since 1999 with the great Funkdafied Freddy. For the most part I’ve kept up with your catalog, and was glad to get I AM OMNI this summer. However, I got seriously bombarded with music from various sources, and as I kept on seeing your CD in my review section, I foolishly kept piling other titles, keeping you out of my view. As I organized my CD’s, I kept on seeing yours and I’m thinking “I should just pop this in”, or at least rip and convert to MP3’s, put it in my player, and I’d be able to review it. Four months later, and no review? In the past I’ve been on the money, especially with your work, but I wasn’t even aware you had an album out two years ago. I don’t know what happened. However, I remain a fan even though it might seem like “wow, kinda late isn’t it? Four months? Really?” I always put away the hype, and while I do realize this is outside of the promotional period for this album, I will review it. I apologize for the delay in getting this done, but I hope you will not mind too much.


Away from the hype, I AM OMNI is still the rapper that he was 12 years ago, and in that time he has recorded some powerful work: Burgundo Brown, Burgundy Brown, Batterie, and the awesome Funkdafied Freddy. What I’ve liked about his work over the last three decades (90’s, 00’s, and now the 10’s) is that he could have easily been comfortable and stayed one way, keeping in his comfort zone and allowing fans to be happy with one and only one style. Omni hasn’t done that. Fans can expect the familiar, but what has made Omni a force is that he challenges himself lyrically, in his style of speak, and who he chooses to work with on the production side. For this album, he was able to collaborate with Tricky. There are a couple of producers named Tricky, but this is “Hell Is Round The Corner”/Blowback Tricky. The thought is mindblowing, but wait until you hear it?

Omni gets into a darker place with some of these tracks, and it only helps that Tricky gets into his dark side musically. It is very compatible, and what also makes it work is that this sounds like a soundtrack of our modern times. If all of us are worried about one thing or another, we realize that some of our musical heroes are feeling that too, no one is immune. In tracks like “Power”, “Pange”, and “Black And Gold”, we’re hearing Omni in a way that sounds very cinematic, a bit more from the “around the way” guy who we could rely on for good times. In “Pangea” he speaks about how all of us can become a success, but it seems that a lot of us don’t want to work at it, and the album goes back and forth between a bit of doom and gloom and being able to see beyond the darkness we associate with anything negative, even when that negative is ourselves.

Musically, Tricky is capable of being direct and to the point, reaching back to an old school vibe and having it sound like UK rap circa 1992 or a bit of Heltah Skeltah or Black Moon circa

1995. Yet beyond the layers is a producer who has always created for himself, which at times may sound futuristic even though he’s very aware of what it’s meant to sound like today.

The title says it all. If this is meant to be a solid statement, it’s being made out and clear: I AM OMNI. It’s grown hip-hop that focuses on the individual being heard, in the hopes that his words will be able to make a connection with those who have been where he has.

(The album is available as a free download, both MP3 and lossless, via Bandcamp.)

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VIDEO: IamOmni’s “All Over”

IamOmni is back once again, hitting the world with some good music as always. This is his new one called “All Over”, taken from his forthcoming self-titled album (it was originally going to be called Cry America but he decided to change it recently). This one was produced by the one and only Tricky, and while there are a few Tricky’s in music today, I speak of “Hell Is Round The Corner” Tricky. Yeah.

Enjoy