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NELLY PULLS UP TO 'BUNKKA'

And the star recalls her co-vocalist on the LP Tricky's 'intense' ways...

[/a] has spoken exclusively to NME.COM about her appearance on the new Paul Oakenfold album, ‘BUNKKA’.

sings vocals with Tricky on the album’s final track, ‘The Harder They Come’.

Other guest vocalists on the Perfecto album include Asher D, Ice Cube, author Hunter S Thompson, Perry Farrell and Grant Lee Phillips.

Speaking about her contribution to the record, said: "The Paul Oakenfold thing came about because he had my record for a while and he’d been getting artists to come sing for his pop debut, his crossover record, where he’s doing what Fatboy Slim or the The Chemical Brothers did, you know, with vocals on? I think it’s more like the Trickyalbum personally. Bring in a bunch of guest vocalists with some really great music. So I met him and he was cool and we really bonded when I went to a show of his in Toronto. We were hanging in the DJ booth and I made up some freestyle vocals for him. That was fun so I just hooked up with him in the studio."

also described her first unusual meeting with Tricky, who shares vocals with her on the track.

"He was staying in the same hotel as us in LA and my manager introduced me to him. He has a lot of charisma. Intense. We bumped into him as he was coming out of the gym. He had his shirt off - how crazy is that? Tricky working out! I was like, ‘Tricky works out? What?’ It was funny."

[a]'s next solo single will be ‘Hey Man’, released on June 24 through Dreamworks. She is due to play live at Birmingham Academy on June 25 and Manchester Academy on June 26.

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