The Jenny Marie Baldoz-directed video, featuring vocals Martina Topley-Bird, is a melancholy yet beautiful and intimate look at people going about their daily lives in the city. This marks the first time he’s worked with Topley-Bird in 15 years.
ununiform is a departure for Tricky. Despite confronting heavy topics like the legacy he’ll leave behind, his family and even death, there’s a sense of contentment and happiness. The album was composed in Moscow and completed in Berlin, where he’s been living for the past three years. He’s been living a clean, frugal life there.
“I don’t know anybody. I eat good food. I go for walks,” he said in a statement.
He even found a sense of peace in accepting the inevitability of death. “If you don’t accept death you don’t really accept life,” he said.
Living in Moscow, he recruited several Russian hip-hop artists after having a love affair with the artists for the last 20 years. The new album is a departure from his previous outings, something he feels comfortable doing after being the the game this long.
“I’ve got nothing to prove now, and I’m comfortable with referencing myself,” Tricky said. Though he does return to the sound he established in the 90’s on a few tracks.
“I’ve got a really wide audience. So I’ve got nothing to prove. I feel like sometimes it’s OK to do it again,” he said.
Check out the tracklisting for ununiform;