Bristol based trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have been hard at work on their new album, with the band reportedly planning a huge 150 date world tour.
Massive Attack are a hugely influential force in British music. Formed out of the legendary Wild Bunch Soundsystem the band combined elements of hip hop, funk, dub and rock into one stunning package.
The group released three stunning albums before going on hiatus. Returning with ‘100th Window’ in 2003, the band were essentially now just a solo act helmed by Robert Del Naja. However with long term collaborator Daddy G now back on board, it seems as if new sessions are beginning to bear fruit.
In an interview with US magazine Billboard Del Naja revealed that the group are planning a comeback. “The album is out in October and we’re touring in September, so there will be a two-week discrepancy where we’ll politely request the audience’s attention while they hear some new songs that have been re-mastered,” Del Naja said.
In the past Massive Attack have used a variety of guest vocalists, with Liz Fraser memorably chilling spines with her turn on 1997’s ‘Teardrop’. On the new material the group have continued to rope in guest stars, with Elbow’s Guy Garvey suggested as a possible collaborator.
Speaking to BBC 6Music Robert Del Naja revealed “we’ve done about three tracks together. Guy’s been co-writing with us and he’s done a couple of vocals.”
“When people come into the space we’re in or vice versa you have this inside information that you don’t really divulge that this is probably going to be it, and it’s going to be short and sweet, and hopefully really exciting and something beautiful will come off it,” Del Naja said of the collaboration process.
Del Naja also revealed that the band are planning an enormous comeback tour. “We’ll do the U.K., Europe, then take Christmas off, and then go to Asia, into America and then we’ll roll out to the festivals,” he told Billboard.
“When you get on a roll it’s such a laugh. For Meltdown last year we ended up doing about 40 shows all around eastern and southern Europe, it was really good fun. So I can imagine for this we’ll end up doing maybe 150 gigs.”
Massive Attack are set to release their fifth studio album later this year.