P&C finally got a chance to check out the first record in a whopping 7 years from Bristol’s own trip hop gods, Massive Attack.
And there’s but one thing to say in its regard: massive, indeed.
The album has a cattle of brilliant performers guesting: Damon Albarn, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, and Elbow singer Gus Garvey. Apparently Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins fame recorded some vocals for the record, too, but the track was ultimately left off the record (boos).
Heligoland is hot off the heels of last year’s Splitting the Atom EP, which featured two album tracks and a couple of remixes. Apparently, most of the left over material from the record will most likely be featured on yet another Massive Attack EP, which may drop sometime in May (fingers crossed).
Surprisingly, the record is a lot less sparse than 2003’s 100th Window; Robert Del Naja really works it on this record, stretching the attack into new and brilliant places. But the entire record is fairly subtle, with well-placed electronic elements and harmonies–as evidenced on the first, and standout, track, “Pray For Rain”, a melodic and addictive 7-minute tune featuring Adebimpe. Golf, freaking, claps. It is hands down P&C’s favorite track on the record.
“Splitting the Atom”, featured on last year’s EP of the same name, is an absolutely scary stunner. If you’re a fan of the deep and drearyness of beloved Nick Cave, you’ll absolutely adore what Horace Andy and Daddy G make of this tune, as they swap vocal responsibilities.
And after all this, “Girl I Love You” will absolutely knock your socks off with that deep electronic pulse amidst some seriously epic orchestration. And Horace, of course.
You can preview the record over at NPR right now. Do it. What are you waiting for?
Heligoland drops February 8.