Despite its being a harbinger of one of the most prevalent music styles of the nineties, Maxinquaye exists outside of trends and time and still stands as a powerhouse of musical innovation twenty years on.
Around the time Tricky emerged as a solo artist, independent of the Massive Attack collective, he was asked to describe his music. "If you want to dance to it, go ahead. If you want to sit in a darkened room and let it fill your head with strange thoughts, that's fine too".
'Trip Hop', a term Tricky soon grew to despise, has become so omnipresent over the years, that it's easy to forget how outside the mainstream it once was. [...more...]