“Prison was really good. I’m never going back.”
Luckily for Buenos Aires, British trip-hop artist Tricky’s sentiments towards his stint in jail for purchasing forged notes doesn’t apply to the Argentine capital. Tomorrow Tricky will be returning to the city for a night in Palermo’s Niceto Club on the back of his new studio album release, “Adrian Thaws”.
Once a member of Massive Attack, now an acclaimed solo rap/trip-hop artist, he’s turned out a solid output since his breakout with solo album ‘Maxinquaye’ in 1995. A smorgasbord of collaborators from Frusciante to Bjork (his one-time spouse) via Beyonce and DJ Muggs demonstrates an unaffected and disinterested attitude to “genre restrictions” that has seen his influences span most of the music spectrum. David Hesmondhalgh and Caspar Melville, in their book Global Noise: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the USA (an artist worthy of academic analysis, no less) note “his debt to hip-hop aesthetics by reconstructualizing samples and slices of both the most respected black music and the tackiest pop”.
The artist previously commended Argentina as a country full of soul–of human passion and musical curiosity that made for a fiery performance at Groove on his 2011 visit. This time around critics have tentatively described the album as a husky concoction of “hip hop, house, jazz, blues, and reggae“. The line-up also features Catnapp and U-Nico Dubs, with a set by DJ Campeón.
At the very least, on a day of transit-upheaval that’ll drive the best of us to misanthropic hysteria, blow off some steam with an artist who might, in some capacity, share some of your frustrations:
“I got a letter from the government the other day,
Opened and read it, it said they were suckers”
Tickets available from Ticketek, $300ARS
31st March, starts from 21h00
Niceto Club, Niceto Vego 5510