Tricky Presents Skilled Mechanics - "Diving Away"
Heard the first track off of Tricky's new project Skilled Mechanics today and immediately knew it was a cover of Porpoise Head by Porno For Pyros. There's a great story behind why he chose it -
Tricky explains: “I toured with them in Australia in 1996. My daughter Mazy, who was about four years of age, was with us and she had frontman Perry Farrell wrapped round her little finger. He took all of us to Sealand in Australia. So there was me and Porno For Pyros all trying to get her pram onto the Australian metro. But how many big artists would do something beautiful like that? I think it speaks volumes about him. So I’ve got a lot of love for Perry Farrell and I’ve always wanted to cover one of his songs.”
As we wait for the album it's a great excuse to listen to his back catalogue, and in particular for me the Juxtapose album featuring DJ Muggs. There's every chance working with Tricky encouraged Muggs into making the Dust album a few years later. The fusion of Hip-Hop, Rock and Electronica that is Trip-Hop hasn't always had a good rep but I have a lot of love for the way Tricky does it. Not something I listen to daily but can and do always find a time. Check out the track below and grab the album when it's released later this month.