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Pre-Millennium Tension (2016 remaster)

Cherry Red Records


Released: 11th Mar 2016


reissue of the follow up album to the career-defining debut ‘Maxinquaye’ – the record that defined a sound and a generation, and took abstract, stoned hip hop into the UK charts and around the world in the mid-1990s - it should have been an impossible task but ‘Pre-Millennium Tension’ did so comfortably.

Densely packed with Tricky’s trademark choking, paranoid beats, intelligent scepticism and guttural rhyme technique, and boasting three successful singles, this album took the Bristolian to a far deeper, murkier level than his debut. So much so that Q Magazine dubbed ‘Pre-Millennium Tension’ one of the 50 ‘Heaviest Albums Of All Time’. Contains the hit singles ‘Christiansands’, ‘Makes Me Wanna Die’ and ‘Tricky Kid’, three non-album B-Sides and two classic remixes. Packed with samples, from The Commodores and The Specials to Erik B and Doug E Fresh. Remastered, and replete with sleeve essay from Record Collector’s Paul McGuinness.

Pre-Millennium Tension (2016 remaster)


  1. Vent
  2. Christiansands
  3. Tricky Kid
  4. Bad Dreams
  5. Makes Me Wanna Die
  6. Ghetto Youth
  7. Sex Drive
  8. Bad Things
  9. Lyrics Of Fury
  10. My Evil Is Strong
  11. Piano
  12. Flynn
  13. Devil's Helper
  14. Grass Roots
  15. Makes Me Wanna Die (Tricky's Extremix)
  16. Piano (The Green Stinky Mix)