After six years the legendary trip-hop group return with Ritual Spirit, on 12” vinyl. This EP borrows from Massive Attack's past with Tricky, but also includes collaborations with new artists who share their dark and dense sound, including Roots Manuva and Young Fathers. The music is heavy, varied and always claustrophobic.
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 09 March 2016
Always innovators, Massive Attack have become the first band in history to price a 12” at £17.99. You get four tracks for your hard earned loot however.
Opener ‘Dead Editors’ features Roots Manuva which makes it sound a little too much like a Roots Manuva record than I’m comfortable with but the skittering beats and pounding sub bass remind you that there are masters at work here. The title track returns to the deep dark guitar spangled sound which led previous album ‘Heligoland‘ to be absolutely no disaster. Glistening guitars are meshed with lovely descending bass and scattershot percussion all overlaid with the falsetto vocals of a Young Father or two. I’d stick my neck out and say that this was classic Massive Attack. It has that late-night-weeping-into-a-Bristol-streetlight thing going on in spades and the production is dead on.
Overleaf ‘Voodoo In My Blood’ is a dark thundering track with buzzing synths and something very 'cold wave' about the production style. Finally in a lovely move 3D re-unites with original tea boy Tricky on ’Take It There’ the latters voice sounding just as fucking terrifying as on his ok-ish new record but just like beans and toast these two work better together and this is an excellent update on their ‘Blue Lines’ masterwork.
Very impressive. I don’t think they’ve lost it one iota.
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