© Peter Dean Rickards
Terry Lynn announces her long awaited return via the dubsteppy new single »Fire« which will be released in early June.
Upfront, we took the chance to get to know what has happened since the release of her last album »Kingstonlogic 2.0«, how touring with Tricky was like and what her goals with her new LP are.
Terry, it has been quite a while since your last album, Kingstonlogic 2.0. Can you briefly let us know what you have been up to since its release?
Since the release of 2.0, it’s been countless touring everywhere across Europe, once across America, and in between time I’ve been here in Kingston writing, then recording new material around tour dates.
What was it like to tour the UK with Tricky?
Ha! well, kinda crazy but a wonderful experience. he’s an iconic character and it was inspiring to tour with him. we were all living on a tour bus and I’ve now certainly learned a few tricks about being on the road…
How did the collaboration originally come about?
In London, I was on the street in front of the studio, I’d arrived before him and was outside catching some air. All of a sudden this guy approached me quick from across the road when I wasn’t looking, I didn’t recognise him, and thought some crazy dude was trying to grab me hollering Terry! Terry! ha…him frighten me so I hollered at him in the street “Yo! Don’t touch me man!” – he hollered back “Bloodclaat Terry a Tricky man, a me!!” -we had a good laugh from it. Cool dude, a family dat.
So will there also be Tricky-produced tracks on your upcoming album?
Yes. The particular track we did that day was IN THIS TIME.
(A snip of that track sneaked into a TV show already:)
Talking about the new album, I would like to look back at the reactions that followed your last LP: I was quite astonished by how much press coverage you got for Kingstonlogic 2.0, even from magazines like Vogue etc. and I imagine that it could turn out really hard to follow up to that success. What are your personal goals with the new album?
I’m really grateful for all the media coverage that came, and my various teams behind the scenes that made it all happen -who I gotta say big respect to. My goal is that I wanna transcend my current environment and evolve. If my last album captured a sense of the wider world around me and the issues that affected my world, my city or my community, with this one I’m trying to balance those issues by also looking in the mirror, instead of constantly pointing outward.
The first single release taken from the new LP, Fire, is produced by High Rankin and therefore, of course, sounds very UKish. Does that reflect the soundscape of the entire album?
High Rankin is the man, but no. The song wasn’t written with the ukish in mind.
Will there be any Jamaican productions on the album, too?
Not at this point.
Anything else to add?
Chicken & Rice Jamaican Spice.
And for the record:
Red Stripe or Heineken?
Mama’s Carrot Juice.
Beenie Man or Bounty Killer?
Bicycle, Benz or Bimma?
Gleaner or Observer?
Mountains or beach?
Thanks, Terry! Really looking forward to hear more of that new material!