Friday 18 August 2017

Music: Tricky ***

John Meagher

John Meagher

Recorded in his newly adopted home of Paris, the former Adrian Thaws has delivered a surprising album that shows him embracing a myriad of styles with mixed results. More languid than his last album, 2008's Knowle West Boy, Mixed Race finds room for lounge, funk, blues, hip-hop and north African music.

When he's on form, he's untouchable and that's the case with two songs here: Murder Weapon sees the Bristolian reworking the old Echo Minott track of the same name as a surf-pop curiosity; while Ghetto Stars melds gloomy atmospherics with unexpected strings.

Despite the wide influences present, several songs -- not least closer Bristol to London -- fail to touch a chord the way everything on his magnum opus Maxinquaye did. Tellingly, the album is under 30 minutes long. Perhaps his inspiration ran dry quicker than expected?

Burn it: Murder Weapon; Ghetto Stars

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