Comparing Tricky's New Song "The Only Way" With His Maxinquaye Album Quintessential Track "Hell is Round the Corner"

Posted by Billyjam, June 8, 2017 05:06pm | Post a Comment

Today Tricky unleashed his brand new track "The Only Way" that, upon listening to, longtime fans of the Bristol, England trip-hop  pioneer's will inevitably compare it to the artist's quintessential song "Hell is Round the Corner" off his post Wild Bunch / Massive Attack, 1995 solo debut Maxinquaye. And that comparison would be an honest, accurate one. In fact even Tricky himself describes the new track, part of a recording session series in done recently in Berlin, as "Hell Is Round The Corner Part 2." Further he noted that it's the type of homage to his own work that in the past he never would have dreamed of doing. 

"A few years ago I'd have said I ain't doing this because it sounds like me," said the artist born Adrian Thaws  noting that, "I always had a punk rock attitude: I don't give a fuck if you like Maxinquaye, I ain't doing another Maxinquaye. Now I'm a bit more comfortable giving people what they want sometimes." Listen and compare "Hell is Round the Corner" with the new "The Only Way" that iK7 label, who are distributing the single, accurately describe as "an orchestrated soul-barer" featuring Tricky's "trademark vocals taking centre-stage over a smoke-filled melodic backdrop." Both tracks are immediately below. So far no official new album date or announcement that would be the follow up to last year's Skilled Mechanics (also avail on LP) that was also distributed by !K7 for the artist's own False Idols imprint.

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Portishead to Reissue Seminal 'Dummy' LP

Posted by Billy Gil, August 12, 2014 09:32am | Post a Comment

Portishead will celebreate the 20-year anniversary of their debut record, the trip-hop classic Dummy, by reissuing it on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl. The band should be announcing a release date via their website this week.

The first 1,000 copies of the album will be on blue vinyl, defaulting back to black vinyl after that. It will also come with a download card of the original album. Dummy won’t be seeing a remaster or additional songs added to the original tracklist.

Even more great news in the Portishead world is word that the band is headed back to the studio soon to work on the follow-up to 2008’s Third, band member Adrian Utley told The Quietus in February. Given how amazing Third was, we’re on the edge of our seats in anticipation.

Watch the video for "Glory Box" from 1994's Dummy below: