Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. This song is a real testament to the grand, dramatic nature of this band. The fusion of large, engrossing strings with the soulful rhythmic bounce of the drums gives the track a soaring, beautiful ring, but with a little bit of an apocalyptic undertone. All of this happening in ?
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Skip to Content. The shadowy Bristol collective have made some of the greatest UK music in the last three decades. Here are some of the highlights of their oeuvre. Written by Dave Jenkins Published on Over the years, the group have drawn on hip-hop, soul and soundsystem culture to forge a sound way wider than any lazy trip-hop tag, taking in love songs, political statements and stark introspection. All that, and they keep on innovating. As the collective now prepare to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Mezzanine with a full world tour, we take a look back over some of their strongest and most successful musical innovations. Unfinished Sympathy. Their third single since forming in , Unfinished Sympathy features a powerful live string section, that instantly recognisable cowbell-laced breakbeat, and the breathtaking vocals and songwriting of Shara Nelson. Charting in the UK at number 13, it remains their most iconic and revered track.
In , following patronage from Neneh Cherry, the group released Blue Lines , which hung over the 90s in a position of supreme importance, effortlessly melding their influences from soul, funk, hip-hop, reggae and electronica into a definitive state-of-the-nation address with a collection that contains many of the best Massive Attack songs. Listen to the best of Beck on Apple Music and Spotify. The latter was the very definition of a modern classic, and Hooper and Paul Oakenfold scrabbled to produce equally sterling remixes to complement the definitive, tear-jerking album mix. Seven years after th Window , fifth studio album Heligoland eventually appeared in , featuring Daddy G back in the fold, as well as various collaborations with Damon Albarn. The group are now reportedly preparing their sixth studio set, but how that will rank alongside the best Massive Attack songs remains to be seen. Another promising range of contributors has already yielded the Ritual Spirit EP with a title track sporting singer Azekel, plus the long-awaited return of Tricky, and material involving long-established British rapper Roots Manuva and the hotly-tipped Young Fathers.
And I made it quite clear that there was only one point in playing it live, and that would be to use the opportunity to do something completely new and complete the cycle. That mandate turned into an international tour concluding Thursday and Friday at Radio City Music Hall in New York that probes and expands on the album. Massive Attack was formed in Bristol, England, in the late s, coalescing out of a sound-system culture of D. It became an amalgam of previously disparate avant-gardes: hip-hop, post-punk, dub reggae, electronica and just enough pop to provide melodic discipline and skeletal structures. Barbed, noisy guitars and subtle, nearly buried ones infiltrated the mixes. Del Naja and the other producer-songwriters in Massive Attack — Grant Marshall Daddy G and Andrew Vowles Mushroom — ended up working separately while barely speaking to one another, and Vowles went on to leave the group. Massive Attack has continued to make music, and Del Naja has expanded his fascination with technology.