New material due

Bristol trip hop icons Portishead have signed to Amnesty International, with a new track coming soon.

Portishead formed part of the first wave of 'the Bristol sound'. The band seemed to take inspiration in long forgotten soundtracks, blending soul, funk and electronic into a startlingly moody mix.

Releasing two albums in the 90s the band seemed incapable to doing wrong - then they simply stopped making music.

Taking a near decade long break, Portishead returned last year with their new album 'Third'. A sensational return it demonstrated that the group had no intentions of turning back the clock, yet were still capable of making groundbreaking new music.

Taking time off shortly after the release, guitarist and lynchpin Geoff Barrow launched his own label and another group. Releasing his debut album with Beak this summer, the guitarist is now due to reconvene with Portishead.

Famed for their sluggish work rate, Portishead are now set to release a new track. 'Chase The Tear' is a typically emotive piece of down tempo electronica from the group, topped off with Beth Gibbons sensational voice.

In an unusual twist the band have signed with a charity for the release. Portishead will release the track on December 10th as a digital download, with all proceeds - and indeed the rights to the song - going to Amnesty International.

Famed for their work with political prisoners around the world, Amnesty International step in where the legal system has failed the individual. One of the most prominent human rights organisations on the planet, this new gesture is a worthy move by the Bristol dons.

Portishead's new single 'Chase The Tear' is out now. For more on Amnesty International click HERE.

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