Skilled Mechanics is a loose collective with rotating membership that allows Tricky to work with a variety of different artists, while at the same time pushing his unique vocal talents to the forefront.
The most prominent of these collaborators on the new record is DJ Milo, who is not only one of his oldest friends but also the first person he ever recorded with, not to mention his introduction to The Wild Bunch.
One of the most enigmatic voices on the forthcoming project belongs to the Chinese rapper and producer Ivy 艾菲.
Tricky explains: “I was in Beijing for a show and I met this guy who managed her. He told me that she wanted to work with me so I asked for her to send a vocal track with some drums to me so I could do my thing to it. She’s so different! So raw!
The strange thing is, I’ve had the track for a while but I only just found out that she’s not rapping in Chinese. I ain’t got a clue what language it is. I have no idea. It might be completely made up but whatever it is, it sounds wicked.
I’m lucky that with my label, False Idols, I don’t need to worry about things like this. I’m never going to have an A&R guy saying to me, ‘We don’t understand what she’s saying.’
Because we don’t need the support of commercial radio. It was my real good luck meeting her and she’s definitely going to be on the next Skilled Mechanics album as well.”
Preorder Skilled Mechanics: Beijing to Berlin Here.7′ vinyl will be out next October 16th.