'It wasn't merely the deterioration of the increasingly boggy Portmeirion ground underfoot at last month's Festival Nº6 that made trip hop progenitor Tricky out to be in a bit of a sticky predicament, for his early evening set on Saturday fell just short of turning disastrous. Centred around superfluous cover versions of songs wholly incompatible with his live setup – everything from Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) to Ace of Spades was played, the Knowle West boy impishly opting to eschew much of his own material as a consequence – it was in a sense saddening to see an artist of such once-progressive inspiration fall quite so hard from grace, not least when it was a mess entirely of his own manufacture. Although as Adrian Thaws gears up for his forthcoming European tour, he’s redeemed himself somewhat with a pretty innovative new ploy…

For below can be streamed a so-called ‘Unfinished Track’ – a rudimentary, if strikingly elegiac pianistic piece recorded a month ago to the day that, although currently instrumental, is crying out for an idiosyncratic vocal touch to be applied to its mournfully elementary qualities. Not the unintelligible growl of Thaws nor the ethereal slight of frequent collaboratrice Francesca Belmonte, but instead someone unknown from coordinates that are decidedly local to their plotted jaunts. For atop its cyclical refrains and coarse bass drum thuds, Tricky is on the prowl for improvisatory budding songbirds to complete the piece and subsequently perform it alongside he and Belmonte when the show rolls on into their hometown. A novel, and with that rather neat way to engender intrigue and get the naysayers back on side, get extemporising below…’



Individual versions should be uploaded to Tricky’s newly forged SoundCloud group.