Ghetto Stars is a dark, tense and heavy track about the reality of the gangster lifestyle, too often glamourised in music. Tricky tells it like it is, "Ghetto Stars don't go far, ghetto traps locked behind bars" and "...riding in Zephyrs while my Nan plays the bingo." The track features vocals from Tricky's latest muse, Franky Riley, who toured as Tricky's live vocalist and co-writes here for the first time. www.trickysite.com
Tricky (born Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, 27 January 1968) is an English musician and actor. As a producer and a musician, he is noted for a dark, rich and layered sound and a whispering sprechgesang lyrical style. Culturally, Tricky encourages an intertwining of societies, particularly in his musical fusion of rock and hip hop, high art and pop culture. His debut album Maxinquaye was nominated for the Mercury Prize and voted Album of the Year by NME Magazine.
Mixed Race is Tricky's ninth studio album, released on 27 September 2010. It is his second album released through Domino Records, following 2008's Knowle West Boy.
Mixed Race was recorded in Paris, where Tricky currently lives, and has been described by Domino Records as "his most passionate album to date". Tricky himself has described it as "the most uptempo album I've done". Musically, the album takes influence from UK, Jamaican, US, North African and French music. Guest artists include Franky Riley, Terry Lynn, Bobby Gillespie, Hakim Hamadouche, Blackman, and Tricky's youngest brother Marlon Thaws. "Murder Weapon" was released as the first single on 30 August 2010.
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