Tricky (UK trip hop producer Adrian Thaws)

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Legal name: Adrian Thaws

Also performs as: Nearly God, Starving Souls


Tricky (born Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, 27 January 1968) is an English producer, vocalist, director, actor and musician. A native of Bristol, Tricky began his career as an early collaborator of Massive Attack before embarking on a solo career with his debut album, Maxinquaye, in 1995. The release won Tricky popular acclaim, including a nomination for the Mercury Prize and Album of the Year award by NME magazine, and marked the beginning of a lengthy collaborative partnership with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird. He released four more studio albums before the end of the decade, including Pre-Millennium Tension and the pseudonymous Nearly God, both in 1996. He has gone on to release six studio albums since 2000, most recently the self-titled Adrian Thaws (2014).

Often considered a pioneer of the trip hop style that rose to prominence in the UK during the 1990s, Tricky is noted for his whispering, sprechgesang vocal approach and a dark, layered musical style that draws on disparate cultural influences and genres, including hip hop, rock, and dub reggae. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists over the course of his career, including Terry Hall, Björk, Gravediggaz, Grace Jones, Massive Attack and PJ Harvey.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Maxinquaye Tricky 4.5 6
1996 Pre-Millennium Tension Tricky 3.65 3
1996 Grassroots Tricky 1
1998 Angels With Dirty Faces Tricky 3 5
1999 Juxtapose Tricky with DJ Muggs & Grease 4.5 4
2001 Blowback Tricky 4 6
2003 Vulnerable Tricky 2 6
2008 Knowle West Boy Tricky 3 3
2010 Mixed Race Tricky 3
2013 False Idols Tricky 3
2014 Adrian Thaws Tricky 5 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Remixed Tricky 1
2002 A Ruff Guide Tricky 3
2003 Back to Mine: Tricky Tricky 1
Best of Tricky Tricky 1
The B-Side Collection Tricky 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Tricky Meets South Rakkas Crew Tricky meets South Rakkas Crew 5 2
The Prophet: B-sides & Remixes Tricky 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Aftermath Tricky 1
1994 Ponderosa Tricky 2
1995 Overcome Tricky 1
1995 Black Steel Tricky 2
1995 Pumpkin Tricky 2
1996 Christiansands Tricky 2
1996 Tricky Kid Tricky 2
1997 Makes Me Wanna Die Tricky 5 2
1998 Broken Homes Tricky feat. Polly Jean Harvey 2
1998 Money Greedy / Broken Homes Tricky 1
1999 For Real Tricky 2
2001 Evolution Revolution Love Tricky 1
2003 How High Tricky 2
2008 Council Estate Tricky 2
2008 Slow Tricky 1
2009 Puppy Toy Tricky 1
2010 Murder Weapon Tricky 2
2011 Time to Dance Tricky 1
2013 Valentine (Andy Stott Remix) Tricky 1
2014 Nicotine Love Tricky 1
2014 Sun Down Tricky 1
Antimatter Tricky 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 The Hell E.P. Tricky vs. The Gravediggaz 2
2000 Mission Accomplished Tricky 1
2013 Matter of Time Tricky 1
2015 European Tour Bonus Tracks Tricky 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2015 Live in Gdansk Tricky 1

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