Tricky Presents Skilled Mechanics – “Diving Away” (Porno For Pyros Cover)

Trip-hop OG Tricky released his last album, the sort-of-self-titled Adrian Thaws, just over a year ago, and now he’s following it up with an entirely new project called Skilled Mechanics. “People have been asking me for years, ‘Will you ever take charge vocally? Will you ever lead as the singer on one of your albums?'” Tricky said in a press release. “On Adrian Thaws, my last album, I came to the forefront vocally…but I wanted to build even further towards a catalogue of songs where I didn’t rely on a girl singer. But I realised it would be hard to do under the name Tricky because people would always associate that name with me using a female singer.” That said, along with primary collaborators DJ Milo and drummer/vocalist Luke Harris, Skilled Mechanics’ upcoming self-titled also features a whole bunch of guest vocalists, many of them female, including Chinese rapper Ivy 艾菲, Danish singer-songwriter Oh Land, and Francesca Belmonte. The album’s first single, “Diving Away,” is a cover of Porno For Pyros 1996 track “Porpoise Head.” Tricky explains:

I toured with them in Australia in 1996. My daughter Mazy, who was about four years of age, was with us and she had frontman Perry Farrell wrapped round her little finger. He took all of us to Sealand in Australia. So there was me and Porno For Pyros all trying to get her pram onto the Australian metro. But how many big artists would do something beautiful like that? I think it speaks volumes about him. So I’ve got a lot of love for Perry Farrell and I’ve always wanted to cover one of his songs.

Listen below.

Tracklist:

01 “I’m Not Going” (Feat. Oh Land)
02 “Hero” (Feat. Ann Dao)
03 “Don’t Go”
04 “Beijing To Berlin” (featuring Ivy 艾菲)
05 “Diving Away”
06 “Boy”
07 “Bother”
08 “How’s Your Life”
09 “Here My Dear”
10 “We Begin” (Feat. Francesca Belmonte)
11 “Well”
12 “Necessary”
13 “Unreal” (Feat. Xdare)

Skilled Mechanics is out 1/22 on Tricky’s own False Idols label.