Listen to Kahn’s remix of Tricky’s The Only Way

As a publication with our roots firmly in Bristol, we’re particularly excited to be hosting the world premiere of this remix.

Trip-hop trailblazer Tricky releases his 13th studio album, Ununiform on 22 September via False Idols and !K7. Earlier this summer he unveiled the woozy, murmuring track The Only Way which, interestingly, was initially written as a companion piece to the song Hell Is Round The Corner from his game-changing 1995 record Maxinquaye.

Tricky stan and Bandulu Records label head Kahn has gained a reputation for cutting experimental grime dubs that are shot with a dose of the same dark, negative space that artists like Tricky helped to innovate. For this spacious remix, the Bristol producer has reworked Tricky’s trademark whispered vocals to drift into the haze of rumbling drums.

Listen to the remix below and read a short comment from Kahn about what the project means to him personally and artistically.

“It’s hard to know where to begin in expressing how much of an influence Tricky’s music has been on me, not just as a musician but in my life generally. It’s music that’s been with me since I was a child; listening to his albums over and over again at school on my CD walkman, memorising lyrics and immersing myself in the unique atmosphere of his work and collaborations. It was an essential pillar of my musical education growing up in Bristol and remains some of the most important music and poetry to me personally. Certain songs of his are so entwined to specific memories and periods in my life, it’s like the music’s just a part of my identity.

So with that said, naturally I was honoured to be asked to remix some of Tricky’s new work. In truth it was initially a bit daunting working with someone who’s been such a crucial creative influence, but the whole experience has meant a great deal to me and I hope we can work together again at some point in the future.”

Photo: Sebastian Pielles