Maxinquaye If trip-hop has a Phil Spector, it's British producer-remixer Tricky, whose mix of light hip-hop beats and nod-out, Lava lamp atmospherics defines the genre. R&B… Maxinquaye If trip-hop has a Phil Spector, it's British producer-remixer Tricky, whose mix of light hip-hop beats and nod-out, Lava lamp atmospherics defines the genre. R&B… Tricky Electronic Hip-Hop/Rap Rock
Music Review

Maxinquaye (1995)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Lead Performance: Tricky; Genres: Electronic, Hip-Hop/Rap, Rock

If trip-hop has a Phil Spector, it's British producer-remixer Tricky, whose mix of light hip-hop beats and nod-out, Lava lamp atmospherics defines the genre. R&B for the head, Maxinquaye is engrossing musical collage art that bumps, grinds, and simmers. Once in a while, it even overheats: Tricky's radical revamping of Public Enemy's prison-break anthem ''Black Steel'' — now a clanking jumble of club beats, metal, and singer Martine's sly phrasing — is mind-bending. A

Originally posted Jun 02, 1995 Published in issue #277 Jun 02, 1995 Order article reprints