The iconoclast comes home.
As pop stars become increasingly insulated from the real world, mercurial crossover artists like Tricky are dealing with the more complicated realities of life. Since spending his formative years around Bristol's soundsystem culture, most notably with The Wild Bunch, Adrian Thaws' fusions of post-punk, hip-hop and electronica have been matched by a similarly dynamic attitude to everything from class and cultural divisions to gender politics.
Since releasing one of trip-hop's defining statements with 1995's Maxinquaye, Tricky has shifted tack as often as he has collaborators, an impressive list that runs the gamut from Martina Topley-Bird to Björk, Grace Jones and PJ Harvey. More recent years have seen him return to his roots in multicultural Knowle West, the Bristol neighbourhood where he came of age. Tricky is now set to release a new album as Skilled Mechanics, featuring his old friend Milo Johnson, who's better known as DJ Nature, a founding member of The Wild Bunch. In conversation with Christine Kakaire, Tricky keeps an eye trained on family and history as he dissects the ups and downs of a remarkable career.