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Blue Daisy - 'Psychotic Love EP'

Camden electronic specialist revisits (without reinventing) '90s UK trip-hop

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  • Record Label 37 Adventures
7 / 10
Tricky’s ‘Maxinquaye’ was not just one of the most fascinating albums of the ’90s, but one of the most influential, helping to add a necessary surface of grit to the smooth surface of trip-hop. Trip-hop may be long gone, but the husky paranoia and sonic invention of ‘Maxinquaye’ lives on, thanks to the work of FKA Twigs and now Blue Daisy. Daisy’s gnarled whisper on ‘Psychotic Love’ is pure Tricky, and the production, too, reeks of the smoke-haze urban blues that Bristol’s wayward son perfected on his debut, all eerie chord sequences, grainy musical tension and drums that resound with the ominous thud of a crypt door closing. The four tracks here are not ground-breakingly original, but they are so heartfelt – especially on emotionally fraught standout track ‘Devil’s Pie’ – that you can’t help but be drawn into Blue Daisy’s web of horror.

Ben Cardew

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