Recorded in 1992, during the acrimonious fallout from Tricky's split from Massive Attack, "Aftermath" sat for nearly two years until the singer revived the song when Island Records took an interest. Released as a single in January 1994, it would eventually find its way onto Tricky's debut LP the following year. In the meantime, though, "Aftermath" served up a potent teaser for his increasingly anticipated concoction and was a reminder of just how vibrant Tricky's own take on the trip-hop scene was. A slow, spliff-heavy vibe, long at over seven minutes, "Aftermath" combined Martina Topley-Bird's rich blues vocals with a swampy flute. With Tricky himself moving in and out of focus, the song tips from hip-hop to drugged-out psychedelic psychosis in the space of one long, ecstatically drawn-out breath. It's only that punchy guitar riff that pulls "Aftermath" up to vertical. It truly was a stunning introduction to this master of gritty, sexy malaise.