Adrian Thaws gained notareity in the early-’90s as “Tricky Kidd,” one half of the Bristol based production duo Massive Attack. He later rose to international solo acclaim with the release of his 95″ debut Maxinquaye. In 2010, the internationally lauded trip-hop innovator returns with his ninth studio effort Mixed Race.
Predominately up-tempo compared to some of his more maudlin moments, Tricky explores early jazz, blues and electro-pop avenues on tracks like “Time To Dance”, “Everyday”, “Kingston Logic” and “Early Bird” while offering up a fresh re-vamp of ’90s dance-hall and good old English rock n roll, as heard on the track ,”Murder Weapon.” Guest appearances include Matthew Thaws (Tricky’s brother) and featured vocalist Frankey Riley, whose haunting falsetto eerily favors that of Tricky’s most well known collaborator, Martina Topley-Bird. With Mixed Race,Tricky fails to strike a chord as compelling as the one he had with earlier releases. After nine full-length albums, Mixed Race may be the least engaging release that we’ve heard from Tricky, to date.