by Tricky

Original Release Date: 1995-01-01


Maxinquaye is the debut album by English rapper and producer Tricky, released on 20 February 1995 by 4th & B’way Records, a subsidiary of Island Records. In the years leading up to the album, Tricky had grown frustrated with his limited role in the musical group Massive Attack and wanted to pursue an independent project. Shortly after, he met with vocalist Martina Topley-Bird, who he felt would offer a wider vision to his music, and signed a solo contract with 4th & B’way in 1993. Tricky recorded Maxinquaye the following year primarily at his home studio in London, with Topley-Bird serving as the album’s main vocalist, while Alison Goldfrapp, Ragga and Mark Stewart performed additional vocals. With assistance from fellow producer Mark Saunders, Tricky used dub music techniques and heavily altered samples taken from a variety of sources to produce Maxinquaye. Its resulting groove-oriented downbeat, hazy and fragmented sound incorporates elements from hip hop, soul, rock, ambient techno, reggae and experimental music. Tricky’s lyrics throughout the album explore themes of cultural decline, dysfunctional sexual relationships, fear of intimacy and recreational drug use, as he drew on his experiences in British drug culture and the influence of his late mother Maxine Quaye, after whom the album is titled. Maxinquaye reached the number three position on the United Kingdom’s albums chart and sold over 100,000 copies in its first few months of release. 4th & B’way marketed the album by relying on independent record promoters and Tricky’s appearances in media, including publicity photographs and music videos that portrayed him and Topley-Bird in gender-bending fashion. Maxinquaye was cited by many journalists as the year’s best record and the key release of the burgeoning trip hop genre. Since then, it has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide and ranks frequently on lists of the greatest albums, while regarded as a significant influence on electronica, underground hip hop and British hip hop.


  1. Overcome
  2. Ponderosa
  3. Black Steel
  4. Hell Is Round The Corner
  5. Pumpkin
  6. Aftermath
  7. Abbaon Fat Tracks
  8. Brand New You’re Retro
  9. Suffocated Love
  10. You Don’t
  11. Strugglin’
  12. Feed Me

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Format Vinyl LP Album Reissue (180 Gram)
Label Music On Vinyl
Catalog Number MOVLP507
Notes Gatefold sleeve with insert. Original release ℗ 1995 Island Records. This release ℗ & © 2012 Universal Music B.V. Manufactured and distributed by Music On Vinyl B.V. for Universal Music B.V. Made in the EU. Sampled material - A1: ‘Moonchild’ by [a30318] courtesy of Island Music Ltd. / EMI Music Publishing Ltd. / London Records Ltd. A4: ‘Ike’s Rap II’ by [a48432] courtesy of East Memphis Music / Fantasy Records Inc. A5: ‘Suffer’ by [url=]Smashing Pumpkins[/url] courtesy of UNI Records Inc. / Hut Records Ltd B3: ‘Look In My Eyes’ by [a383376] courtesy of Rhino Records / EMI Records Ltd. Hype sticker - [Music On Vinyl logo] Classic Album 180 gram audiophile vinyl pressing
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