Tricky has today released an EP of remixes encompassing the first two singles from his forthcoming album, ununiform. Standout tracks ‘The Only Way’ and ‘When We Die (feat. Martina Topley-Bird)’ receive reworks from Kahn, FaltyDL and The Heatwave respectively. Available everywhere digitally, the remixes can be heard below.
The producers have also taken the time to share their own thoughts on Tricky’s lasting influence upon their own material and more widely on the last two decades of British music.
FaltyDL is first out the blocks with a catchy as hell remix of ‘When We Die (feat. Martina Topley-Bird)’ – the recent single which so excited long-standing Tricky & Martina fans upon its release last month.
“I used to work in a restaurant cleaning dishes many years ago. They had an old fashioned jukebox but it was filled with CD’s. A copy of Maxinquaye was in the machine and I would sneak out of the kitchen and load it up then dive back into my work. I must have worn that CD out, it was a daily thing for a while. I grew some attachment to the music and have been listening to Tricky ever since. There’s a certain combination between the tone of his voice and the production that always hit a nerve pretty deeply with me, it’s amazing.”
As CRACK magazine wrote in premiering Kahn’s sultry edit of ‘The Only Way’:
“Tricky stan and Bandulu Records label head Kahn has gained a reputation for cutting experimental grime dubs that are shot with a dose of the same dark, negative space that artists like Tricky helped to innovate. For this spacious remix, the Bristol producer has reworked Tricky’s trademark whispered vocals to drift into the haze of rumbling drums..”
Kahn himself adds:
“It’s hard to know where to begin in expressing how much of an influence Tricky’s music has been on me, not just as a musician but in my life generally. It’s music that’s been with me since I was a child; listening to his albums over and over again at school on my CD walkman, memorising lyrics and immersing myself in the unique atmosphere of his work and collaborations. It was an essential pillar of my musical education growing up in Bristol and remains some of the most important music and poetry to me personally. Certain songs of his are so entwined to specific memories and periods in my life, it’s like the music’s just a part of my identity.
So with that said, naturally I was honored to be asked to remix some of Tricky’s new work. In truth it was initially a bit daunting working with someone who’s been such a crucial creative influence, but the whole experience has meant a great deal to me and I hope we can work together again at some point in the future.”
Finally – rising bashment producers The Heatwave were tasked by Tricky (ever with his ear to the ground) to work their magic on ‘When We Die’ just in time for the last summer rays.
“It’s a big deal for me getting the chance to remix a Tricky tune. His music had a big impact on me as a teenager and he’s a brilliant example of a groundbreaking, genre-defying, Jamaican-influenced British MC. Before grime, garage and almost even UK hip hop, you had Massive Attack and Tricky weaving words, booming out basslines and melting minds and moods. Their Wild Bunch crew was an inspiration for what The Heatwave has become as a UK soundsystem.”
The full remix package ‘Mixed By… Vol.1’ is released today. Available here: https://K7.lnk.to/MixedbyVolume1
Tricky’s 13th album, ununiform, is a delicate, storming, intricate album that sees Tricky take perhaps his most radical step yet – a journey into happiness and contentment. It’s a record that shows the legendary British producer confront his legacy, history, family – even death itself. And in all of this, he finds the strangest, least familiar thing – peace.
It’s released on 22nd September via False Idols / !K7.
Pre-order here: https://k7.lnk.to/ununiform
Earlier this summer FaltyDL – Brooklyn-based producer/electronic artist Drew Lustman – shared his new single “Drugs,” featuring the soulful tones of UK singer/songwriter Rosie Lowe.
“The song is very personal to me for a few reasons. Drugs have been a character in my life for as long as I can remember, both good and bad. This collaboration is like an exorcism, aided by the lovely voice of Rosie Lowe. It is also a key anchor on my new album which I spent a long time creating, pouring my entire self into for two years.” – FaltyDL
Now, he announces the album on which “Drugs” appears with a hazy, voyeuristic new video for the lead single. Titled Heaven is for Quitters, the new LP is due for release on October 21st via his own Blueberry Records.
Director James Lowry on the video:
“What I liked about ‘Drugs’ is it had various connotations, and I wanted to retain that level of mystery in this film. An ambiguity surrounding various unrelated characters that could somehow fall under the same theme. The viewer is left to decide the purpose and consequences of what they are watching Vices, secrets, guilty pleasures. I wanted it to be unsettling but also slightly weird and sometimes laughable. We shot with a dark, voyeuristic aesthetic to it, always trying to ground each shot with foreground context to position the viewer in the scenarios as the watcher.”
You can pre-order the Heaven is for Quitters, get more info and download a free mix of unreleased music produced by FaltyDL feat Jose James and Hannah Cohen on the new site: http://heavenisforquitters.com/
“This album took 2 years to make, more time then I have ever spent on anything in my life.
I’ve always tried to make music for clubs and outward facing experiences, but often in spite of my best efforts I end up supplying a sound that translates best on a private personal level. The communal listening experience is great, but not my favorite, never been. I have been escaping into albums on a solo mission for as long as I can remember. As a result, I’ve developed a familiar closeness with dealing with myself and the emotions I navigate on a daily basis.
Heaven is for Quitters is at its core, about dealing with yourself, both the good and the bad. I share this album with the hope that it can be used by others as I have; a guide, a blanket, a reassurance that the path I have chosen is the right one. It is my job to share my experience and there is a lot of work to be done here on Earth, the thought of going to Heaven too early is paralyzing. I venture to think you’ll agree.
It is fitting then that I release Heaven is for Quitters on my label Blueberry Records, as it has become abundantly clear how much I love this label and what it is and can be – my future but ultimately continue to be a platform for others as well. When artists hand me their demos I see what Blueberry can be, this megaphone for peoples inner existence and a clear channel for their articulation. You know that feeling when you are so close to something you can’t see the bigger picture, but when you step back you see what you have made and it is a mirror image of yourself? That.
This album is for those who’ve chosen their own path and all of its uncertainty and end up finding themselves along the way. How the roller coaster of life sounds. It is about Blueberry Records as much as it is about my daily life. ” – FaltyDL
Tasha my teacher who opened my eyes
Infinite Sustain a feeling/burden you can’t live without
Frigid Air patience & friendship
River Phoenix a star who burned too brightly
Bridge Spot seen from the producer’s window, inhabited by bad habits
Drugs an education, a self promise / callused heart
Shock Therapy sharp intentions, the cornerstone upon which all else is built
Fleshy Compromise a choir battling a final boss
Neeloon (First Kiss) the sent of journey
Whisper Diving sent my best friend into a hole, saved by Oboes in the final act
Beasts Of Heaven where I want to be
Osaka Phantom a destination I would travel for – send me on a final mission
D & C the best we can do, a foundation for our future
Following hot on the heels of the essential Rich Prick Poor Dick 12″, Brooklyn-based DJ and producer FaltyDL keeps his sights firmly on the club with ‘Visceral’ and ‘The Ah Track’ – another pair of shuffling, dancefloor-ready grooves.
Visceral is out 27th November on Ninja Tune.
After the boundary breaking, experimental excursions of recent LP In The Wild, Brooklyn-based FaltyDL was hungry to return to the dancefloor music that made his name. That hunger shines though on his Rich Prick Poor Dick single – a sleek, stripped back duo of dancefloor stalkers.
The title track is propulsive, urgent techno with a nagging, trance-inflected melody, the song gradually building to epic intensity, its groove belying its 147 BPMs and its energy barely contained. Flipside Bookaloo eases back on the throttle, combining organic percussion with deep sub-bass and machine-music melodies to irresistible effect.
Rich Prick Poor Dick marks the welcome return of one of the dance music’s most inventive talents, with a pair of all-thrills, no-frills, 21st century club tracks.
Brooklyn producer/DJ and Ninja Tune signee FaltyDL has unveiled a bass-heavy club edit of Rosie Lowe’s new single ‘Who’s That Girl?’ FaltyDL’s remix is the first in a series of three to be released on April 5th. To coincide with the release, Rosie will play an intimate headline show at London’s St. Pancras Old Church on April 15th.
“Who’s That Girl?” is the latest single to be taken from Rosie Lowe’s upcoming debut album coming this Summer on Wolf Tone. The single follows previous singles ‘Water Came Down’ and ‘How’d You Like It’ as the third taste of what’s in store. Taking the track to the New York underground with a dark, haunting club flip is Ninja Tune producer/DJ FaltyDL. The mix features Rosie’s ethereal vocal skewed into ghostly whispers over a thudding club beat swamped in sub bass.
Says Rosie of the single, “‘Who’s That Girl?’ is about not recognising someone any more. It’s always in the times of struggle – when something bad happens – that the biggest lessons are learnt and you realise who your true friends are. Some people step up and some people step down. ‘Who’s That Girl?’ is about a friend that stepped down when I needed her most. It was a blessing in disguise as it opened my eyes to all the things I couldn’t see from such close proximity.”
After being heralded as one to watch by numerous outlets last year including the influential Dazed & Confused, Rosie Lowe is shifting gear in 2015. Following support slots with Neneh Cherry on her January UK tour, Rosie will perform an intimate date at St. Pancras Old Church in April before unveiling full tour plans for later this year.
Brooklyn producer Drew Lustman a.k.a. FaltyDL will soon release his new—and unpronounceable—EP for frequent label home Ninja Tune. Set to drop on November 24th 2014, ///I\II\\\\ features both new material and reworks of songs off Lustman’s fourth and most recent album, In the Wild. Below, you can stream a remix of “Rolling” by Planet Mu boss Mike Paradinas a.k.a. μ–Ziq.