No more whispering. There are lots of Tricky quotes floating around regarding the first, markedly sung single from the forthcoming LP. Camp Trick says “Council Estate” is rooted in “twisted Specials-worshipping punk,” while the tricky looking kid himself touches on the cut’s newfound forefront vocal stylings:

It’s the first single I’ve ever done with just me on vocals. I couldn’t whisper that song. I had to come out of myself and do a loud, screaming vocal. I wanted to be a proper frontman on that one.’

The clip’s set within and without the sort of UK public housing that gives it its name, while Tricky toys with the stereotype: “They call you ’council estate’ / they call you ’can’t go straight’ / they call you ’crime rate’ / they call you ’can’t go straight.’” More sociopolitical sloganeering post-jump.

Moments of those shots of the council estates are sorta “Stress“ful. Knowle West Boy is out 7/8 in the UK and 9/9 in the U.S. via Domino. Stream tracks (and remixes of) album tracks at

Comments (6)
  1. stephen  |   Posted on May 27th, 2008 0

    decent enough song, but i certainly don’t hear the specials influence.

  2. JT  |   Posted on May 27th, 2008 0

    Is that a little sample of Portishead’s ‘Roads’ at 0:04?

  3. mp  |   Posted on May 27th, 2008 0

    ………some saul williams

  4. ya.. this really did nothing for me.

  5. fidodido83  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2009 0

    nice song from Tricky, I like the music so much…
    Guysssssss you need to seeTricky while he is making comments on other video’s


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