New EPs on the horizon

Massive Attack are plotting to unleash new material in 2011, with new EPs planned for release.

One of the most important British acts of the 90s, Massive Attack spent the bulk of the subsequent decade chilling out. Returning with 'Heligoland' this year, the band ended a seven year wait for a new album.

Decked out with all-star collaborations, 'Heligoland' didn't reach the same emotional heights as their mid 90s peak but it nonetheless saw Massive Attack entering a new creative phase.

Preceded by new EP 'Splitting The Atom' the group are now plotting some new material. Massive Attack are gearing up to release 'Atlas Air EP' on November 22nd, with all proceeds being donated to War Child.

Currently on tour in North America, Robert Del Naja aka 3D explained that fans can expect more such releases.

"We got quite a bit of EPs out next year," he told Spinner. "We're tired of the cycle of album, tour. It's more fun putting things out randomly, sort of spontaneously. We've done it quite traditionally this year, so maybe next year, a bit unorthodox."

Planning a quickfire return, 3D explained that Massive Attack have now cleared the way for more new material. "It was a time that had to follow its own path," he says, referring to the seven year gap before 'Heligoland'.

"A big factor is not working on film scores a bit" he explained. "Next year will be a different year."

Massive Attack are planning a busy 2011. The band's Daddy G spoke to ClashMusic earlier this year and revealed that the Bristol group had handed their material over to Burial for a new remix album.

A potentially stunning project, given the sluggish work rate of the respective acts it could be some time before any material reaches the light of day.

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