Music: Tricky ***
Published 24/09/2010 | 05:00
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