Belated Best of ’10: Tricky

I never got around to sharing my Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear list for 2010 with the internets in general in December, so I’ve decided to mine it for fresh post material in February and March. I’m posting the songs in the order in which they would have appeared in the final playlist, so if you play along at home, you’ll have heard a tidy 80-ish minutes of great music when all is said and done. Today we (partially) hear from Tricky.

Tricky, Mixed RaceIt’s been a long time since Tricky was any real kind of critical/commercial force or innovator, but because I love his Pre-Millennium Tension album so much, I feel obliged to give new releases of his a good listen or two. 2010’s Mixed Race is a mixed bag, but there are some highlights: the Peter-Gunn-sampling “Murder Weapon” is oddly bouncy fun, and “UK Jamaican” is a really interesting mix of British social politics and dancefloor funk. For my money, though, “Hakim” is where it’s at: instead of Tricky’s own gravelly rasp, we hear Algerian guitarist Hakim Hamadouche singing in his native Arabic over skittering beats and Eastern melodies. It’s haunting, compelling stuff. Unfortunately, Tricky’s label has made it impossible to track down via YouTube or any of the major free streaming services. I did find the song embedded in this page on a French-language music blog:

http://www.l-ecriture-sans-calmants.net/?p=3772

Do yourself a favor & click through to give it a listen — “Hakim” is well worth a listen. If you like what you hear, head to Amazon MP3 and download Mixed Race.

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