Entries tagged with: Massive Attack
Massive Attack have announced a major UK/European tour for early 2016 that will have Young Fathers out with them dates are below. The takeaway for other parts of the world: the band say the tour will be in support on new music. Stay tuned for more details. Massive Attack's last album was 2010's Heligoland, and the band were last in NYC as part of their high-concept Massive Attack V Adam Curry series at Park Avenue Armory in 2013.
All dates are listed, along with 3D of Massive Attack's "Creown" remix from the Meow the Jewels album.
Meow The Jewels, Run The Jewels' remixed version of RTJ2 "using nothing but cat sounds for music," is out now. (It started as a joke on Kickstarter.) Head HERE to download it for free and pre-order the physical version. All proceeds will be donated to charities that help victims of police brutality.
It includes remixes by Zola Jesus, Just Blaze, Dan the Automator, The Alchemist, Blood Diamonds, Prince Paul, 3D of Massive Attack and more, plus contributions from Snoop Dogg, Lil Bub and more. Tracklist below.
Well here's to hoping this leads to something as good as it sounds!
Update: His Run the Jewels partner is there too and posted this pic:
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Tricky keep on ticky....
"Calling it Adrian Thaws is saying you don't really know me," says Tricky, explaining the title of his 11th album. "So many times people have tried to put a finger on me and every album I go to a different place."Listen to the track with Francesca Belmonte, titled "Nicotine Love", below. Adrian Thaws will be out 9/8/2014 via Tricky's own label False Idols. That's the cover art above. The full tracklist is below.
It's typical of one of music's most unpredictable characters that the first album to bear his birth name is one of his least introspective. Adrian Thaws is a vivid, attention-grabbing set of songs which roam from hip hop to house, jazz to blues, rock to reggae. It was recorded in Tricky's home studio in London, where he's living again after almost two decades in New York, Los Angeles and Paris, and features an international crew of collaborators: Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Mykki Blanco, Bella Gotti, Tirzah, Blue Daisy and Oh Land. It's designed to be played loud.
"I suppose this is my club/hip hop album," he says. "I've only heard my music a few times in a club but I grew up in clubs from when I was 14: blues parties, hip hop clubs, a few raves. I'm not known for doing club music but this album has some club tracks on it - well, what I would consider club music."
(btw, Tricky collaborator Oh Land plays Knitting Factory in NYC tonight - 7/7)
Meanwhile, Tricky's old friends Massive Attack are keeping busy with a handful of shows scheduled this year, including the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco in October, and two other California shows and one in Mexico during that same trip. They co-headline London's OnBlackheath festival in September, and they just announced Grace Jones will be joining them at that one! They just played Glastonbury and you can check out their setlist from that, along with their North American dates, the new Tricky track and more, below...
Treasure Island Music Fest returns for its eighth edition on October 18 & 19 in San Francisco. This year's initial lineup has been announce and includes 2014's festival circuit MVPs Outkast, plus Massive Attack, Alt-J, TV on the Radio, Janelle Monae, The New Pornographers, and many more. Tickets will go on-sale Thursday, June 19th at 10 AM PDT.
Initial lineup below...
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
words by Bill Pearis
Massive Attack V Adam Curtis @ Park Avenue Armory, 9/28/2013
Having premiered at Manchester International festival in July, Massive Attack V Adam Curtis made its North American debut on Saturday night (9/28), the first of six shows at the cavernous Park Avenue Armory. Projection screens covered three sides of the main hall, including a translucent one in front of the stage. Massive Attack played behind it and were occasionally spotlighted though the screen and, when singers Elizabeth Fraser (of Cocteau Twins) and reggae legend and longtime collaborator Horace Andy were singing, occasionally projected onto it.
Co-creator and filmmaker Adam Curtis calls this "a musical entertainment about the power of illusion and the illusion of power." It is engrossing, powerful, and a little depressing. And not what really I'd call a concert, though one person near me tried really hard to dance through the whole thing. This is more a lecture with a live soundtrack. Using exclusively archival footage, Curtis fashions a complex essay on where he thinks politics, the media and the world went wrong starting in 1980 or so. The way he connects the dots -- Butterfly Effect style -- between seeming disparate happenings around the globe (involving Nicolae Ceaușescu, Donald Trump, Ted Turner, to name three) is fascinating, if heavy-handed (Curtis is on the Oliver Stone end of the Subtly Scale).
Massive Attack meanwhile, help the narrative with well-chosen covers (sometimes a little too on-the-nose), everything from The Archies to Bauhaus to Leadbelly (via Nirvana) and many points in between. Undoubtedly the most moving, haunting musical moment is when Liz Fraser sings "Everything is Going According to the Plan" by '80s Russian postpunk band, GrOb. Her voice, not heard live in NYC since the Cocteaus broke up, is still a magical, ethereal wonder and is, for some, reason enough to consider ponying up the dough for this.
The performances continue tonight (9/30) and then Wednesday - Friday (10/2 - 10/4). Friday is sold out but tickets are available to the other shows. We are also giving away a pair of tickets to Friday's show as well as the afterparty.
A few more pictures below...
1,500 people are surrounded on three sides by huge translucent screens on which Curtis's dystopian film essay, Everything Is Going According to Plan, is projected, using all the digital drama of Massive Attack's regular technicians, United Visual Artists. At the far end the band provide the live soundtrack to the footage - mostly powerfully driven cover versions, ranging from Siberian punk to Barbra Streisand - and occasionally emerge from the shadows to become part of the film itself. The audience, many of whom have come to dance, stand pretty much motionless throughout, rapt or trying to keep up with the dizzying and seductive images that Curtis presents and sometimes sonorously narrates. From time to time you are reminded that this is a musical as well as a visual adventure - particularly when guesting Liz Fraser, once of the Cocteau Twins, steps forward to sing, with her rare dreamlike clarity, The Look of Love or later in haunting Russian - but mostly, even if the bass is making the walls shake, it is the film that overwhelms your attention. - [The Guardian]Massive Attack V Adam Curtis, the cinematic / live music / thinkpiece assault, which first premiered at Manchester international festival in July, comes to NYC starting Saturday (9/28) and running for six performances: September 28 - 30 and October 2 - 4 at the Park Avenue Armory. Something we didn't realize when we first posted about it: both reggae legend Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins singer Liz Fraser(!!!) will be on hand to provide live vocals for these performances. The opening and closing night shows are sold out (9/28 & 10/4) but you can still get tickets to the other four shows. You can also still get tickets to the closing night afterparty which is a benefit for the Amory. For a taste of the sensory overload that is this show, you can watch the trailer below.
And if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets to the sold-out Oct 4 final performance AND the afterparty. Details on that, along with the trailer, are below.
While Led Zeppelin's appearances last year were limited to press conferences and late-night TV interviews, Robert Plant will be going on a tour this year with his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters. That tour kicks off this June in Texas, and after making its way over to the West Coast and back, it culminates in a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on July 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon with an AmEx and a BRIC presale starting Thursday (4/25) at noon.
In addition to Robert Plant, The Sensational Space Shifters' lineup includes Justin Adams (Tinariwen, SInead O'Connor), John Baggot (Massive Attack, Portishead), Billy Fuller (Beak>, Massive Attack), Liam "Skin" Tyson (of The La's offshoot Cast), Juldeh Camara, and Dave Smith.
All tour dates are listed, along with the tour trailer and a live video of the band from 2012, below...
An extraordinary collaboration connecting the dark, intense music and visual work of Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack with the thought-provoking vision of documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis, this site-specific event integrates music, film, politics, and elements of illusion in a hallucinatory ride through the dreams and hidden realities of our strange, anxious age.The "collective halucination" known as "Massive Attack V Adam Curtis" happens across six performances at the Park Avenue Armory from September 28 - 30 and October 2 - 4. Individual tickets don't go on sale till June 17 but you can buy a season pass to the Armory's 2013 season now.
Created by a visionary team of artists and designers that also includes Massive Attack, Punchdrunk director Felix Barrett (Sleep No More), radical set designer Es Devlin (stage and costume designer for everyone from the Royal Shakespeare Company to Kanye West and Jay-Z), and the innovative art and design practice United Visual Artists (whose commissions for venues such as the Tate Modern and the Serpentine Gallery intersect sculpture, architecture, live performance, and digital installation), this groundbreaking production includes performances by Massive Attack and places the audience at the center of arresting stories of politics and power over the past 30 years.
The Park Avenue Armory's 2013 season also includes Karlheinz Stockhausen & Kathinka Pasveer's OKTOPHONIE (March 20 - 27, tickets); the previously-mentioned The Life and Death of Marina Abramović starring Antony and Willem Dafoe (December 12 to 21); and visual artist Paul McCarthy's WS installation (June 19 - Aug 4).
Massive Attack at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Trip hop pioneers Massive Attack have assembled a BBC 6 Mix, where they compiled music that influenced their 1991 debut album, Blue Lines, like Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Gang of Four, Isaac Hayes and more alongside some of their new favorite artists like Burial, Flying Lotus, The Bug vs The Rootsman, Kanye West & Booka Shade, and more (via Daily Swarm). You can download or stream the mix and check out the tracklist below.
Soul and jazz singer Terry Callier has died. The 67-year-old songwriter experienced belated success in his career after working with acts including Massive Attack and Beth Orton.Rest in peace, Terry. Below are videos of his collaborations with Beth Orton and Massive Attack, plus a stream of The Bongo Years via Spotify.
He died on Sunday after suffering from a long illness.
Born in the Chicago projects, Callier was a childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler, and began singing in doo-wop groups in his teens. Later he became a fixture on the city's coffee house scene, releasing a debut album titled The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier in 1968. In the early 70s he released three critically celebrated "jazz-folk" albums and toured with George Benson and Gil Scott-Heron, but he had abandoned music for a job as a computer programmer at the University of Chicago until a new generation rediscovered his work in the early 90s. - [The Guardian]
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$3.00 tickets are now on sale for the Wooden Shjips shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg ("All tickets and all drinks only $3 in honor of our 3 year anniversary!").
photos by Chris Graham
Massive Attack @ Sasquatch 2010
Renowned DC production duo Thievery Corporation and British trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack will combine forces this fall for a must-see co-headlining tour. Both acts are celebrated for their mastery of using instrumentation over the top of rich beats as well as stunning live performances. Confirmed tour dates include 2 amazing nights at New York's Beacon Theatre and a night at the beautiful Santa Barbara Bowl. [Thievery Corporation]As it says above, the two groups play NYC's Beacon Theatre for two nights on October 21st and 22nd. Ticket on sale date TBA.
The full dates for the tour, which runs October 18th to November 7th are posted below.
Massive Attack played two nights at Terminal 5 in May (and performed on Jimmy Kimmel). Their new record, Heligoland, came out in February. Thievery Corp.'s new album is a best-of called It Takes A Thief, due September 21st on the band's own ESL Music label. They also play Virgin Mobile FreeFest in September.
The pictures here are from Massive Attack's set at Sasquatch Fest in May. More of those and dates for the tour are below...
Massive Attack @ Terminal 5 (more by Chris La Putt)
Massive Attack's American holiday continues. Last night the band made their U.S. televesion debut, along with Martina Topley-Bird, on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Three videos from the "mini-outdoor concert" below...
"thepeoplespeak.com" - Massive Attack
George Clinton [who did NOT play with Massive Attack] popularized the phrase "Free your mind and your ass will follow," but few of his successors have pursued the concept as doggedly as Britain's Massive Attack. At this, their first Stateside show in four years [on Tuesday night], the core duo of Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall surrounded themselves with a passel of rhythm-savvy players and -- even more vividly -- with a dizzying multimedia show that came across like Disneyland's Electrical Parade as curated by Noam Chomsky.The highly political Massive Attack followed up their May 11th show at Terminal 5 with the second of their two shows at the venue last night, Wednesday, 5/12. Anti-Pop Consortium opened night one, and Neon Indian took their opening spot for the second night. Martina Topley-Bird opened both and performed as one of the band's rotating vocalists for both. Others behind the mic included Horace Andy and Deborah Miller.
Drawing heavily from the recently released Virgin set "Heligoland" -- the band's highest-charting disc to date -- the band didn't hammer home its rhetoric in the songs themselves but did rely on some intriguing juxtapositions. As reggae veteran Horace Andy -- one of a rotating cast of singers -- ramped up the emotion on the bluesy "Girl, I Love You," an ominous video matched that escalation with an increasing dollar figure signifying money spent on the Iraq war. [Variety on Massive Attack night 1]
The Terminal 5 gigs came after two in Toronto. The short "tour" finishes up on the west coast and ends with an appearance at Sasquatch on May 30th. More pictures of the headliner from the May 12th show (the many outfits of Matina Topley-Bird included), with the openers from the May 11th show, and a video compilation of songs from night one with three videos from night two, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
"What the Fuck Arizona?" - Massive Attack
"Tuesday night's Massive Attack show in New York City verged on sensory overload. The air was hazy and thick with incense, and the stage was aglow with blue lights; chimes tinkled throughout the cavernous venue, Terminal 5, and an enormous LED screen flashed assorted facts and quotes behind the band and their impressive array of drum sets, synths and keyboards: Cubic meters of water used per person in Canada, "The Truth About Elvis".... on and on....As SPIN points out, we didn't get any Tunde last night (I thought we would), but Deborah Miller, Horace and Martina did a great job assisting the band on vocals during the awesome 2-hour show Massive Attack played at Terminal 5 last night (lights, music, quotes by Howard Zinn and others, everything). Martina handled "Teardrop". And they do it again tonight (with Neon Indian opening).
...The duo, Robert Del Naja (a.k.a. 3D) and Grantley Marshall (Daddy G), played a two-hour set that relied heavily on the new album -- whose musical contributors include Blur's Damon Albarn, Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval, and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe (none of whom played with the band last night) -- and on their 1998 classic, Mezzanine.
Longtime collaborators Martina Topley-Bird and Horace Andy were on hand to help, however. [SPIN]
The setlist and more pictures from last night (but not of Anti-Pop Consortium or Martina who also opened - yet) below...
Massive Attack @ Sound Academy, Toronto, Ontario; May 7th, 2010 (ocad123)
tonight in NYC
* Ricky Gervais @ Hunter College
* Phosphorescent @ Union Pool
* The Golden Palominos @ The Living Room
* SSPS, Konnichiwa, The Gamut @ Glasslands
* Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live @ Nokia Theatre
* Loop 243, Emily Hope Price, Build @ Zebulon
* DJs @ The National's High Violet Annex
* Eivind Opsvik's Overseas, Hanne Hukkelberg @ Nublu
* Flying Machines, Teletextile, Revival Times @ Pianos
* Passions, Living Days, Blast Off @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Hunter Valentine, Dear Lions, Lovemonster @ Cake Shop
* Zs, Excepter, Mick Barr, Silk Flowers @ Knitting Factory
* Sleigh Bells, Cults, Sundelles @ Ridgewood Masonic Temple
* Massive Attack, Anti-Pop Consortium, Martina Topley-Bird @ Terminal 5
* Little Brother, Black Milk, Torae, Joe Scudda ,Chaundon ,Jozeemo @ Hiro Ballroom
* Two Door Cinema Club, Million Young, Dinosaur Feathers @ The Bell House
Sleigh Bells celebrate today's release of their album (iTunes) with a show at Ridgewood Temple. A special guest is advertised. M.I.A. showed up at their last show (and it seems likely she might do the same tonight). The album is also streaming for free at NPR.
Tonight's Massive Attack show is sold out (Anti-Pop Consortium open), but tomorrow's with Neon Indian opening still has tickets.
The National's High Violet Annex opens today.
Keane are among the acts who will perform at Williamsburg Waterfront this summer. Tickets to the August 6th show (with Ingrid Michaelson and Fran Healy) go on "Keane Fan Club Presale" at 10am. Password = PLATFORM
MGMT are on Letterman tonight.
The show at Glasslands tonight is Todd Pendu's weekly party. Flyer below.
Wilco performed on Ferguson last night. Video below...
A video of Fucked Up performing their forthcoming "Year of the Ox" EP live in-studio with Annie-Claude Deschenes of Duchess Says and strings is posted below.
DOWNLOAD: Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms (BRAHMS Remix) (MP3)
Neon Indian in Austin (more by Bryan Bruchman)
Neon Indian announced a bunch more tour dates around their appearances at Sasquatch in May and Bonnaroo in June. Those new dates include a June 4th gig at LA's Natural History Museum and a June 17th headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (if I had to guess, I'd say tickets will go on sale this Friday). There are also two dates opening for Massive Attack. Massive Attack play Terminal 5 in NYC on May 11th and 12th (tickets still on sale for both). Neon Indian will open the one on the 12th and then travel with the band to Boston to open for them at House of Blues. Check out the new Brahms (Eric Lodwick, Drew Robinson, and Cale Parks) remix above. All dates below....
Massive Attack will tour North America for the first time since 2006 in support of their newly released 5th studio album 'Heligoland.' The North American trek will start May 7th at Sound Academy in Toronto, ON and wrap May 30th at the Sasquatch Festival in George, WA. They will play 2 shows in NYC, Los Angeles and San Francisco with general on sale beginning March 5th (full schedule below).Massive Attack play NYC on May 11th and 12th at Terminal 5. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 5th. Martina Topley-Bird, who is featured on two tracks of their great new album Heligoland, is opening both shows (and presumably singing with the headliner as well) (and probably opening the whole tour).
Heligoland came out in the US February 9th on EMI's Virgin Records. Its other guests include Damon Albarn, Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval, Elbow's Guy Garvey and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe.
Btw, if you plan on seeing them at Sasquatch you better hurry and get a ticket.
Art and tracklist for the album (w/ guests) and all tour dates are below...
We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....
Trip-Hop legends Massive Attack have released their new video for "Paradise Circus" (ft. Hope Sandoval) in support of their album, Heligoland, set to release February 9th via EMI's Virgin Records. The Toby Dye directed video features former porn star, Georgina Spelvin, and her candid look on filming the infamous adult film, The Devil in Miss Jones. Original shots of the '73 hit (NSFW) are interlaced with Spelvin's honest take on her physical and emotional state during the production of the film nearly forty years ago.It feels like forever that I've been waiting to hear the new Hope Sandoval-contributed Massive Attack track and it's well worth the wait though I could do without the distracting commentary by Georgina. I hope there's a version without her. I don't really think that The xx sound like Hope Sandoval, but this song definitely sounds a little like The xx. Listen/watch (NSFW) the video with the album art and tracklist, below...
Heligoland, Massive Attack's highly-anticipated 5th studio album, will feature guest vocals from Damon Albarn, Marina Topely-Bird, Guy Garvey and Tunde Adebimpe. Longtime cohort, Horace Andy, is also set to return alongside Massive Attack founding members Robert Del Naja (3D) and Grand Marshall (Daddy G). The prelude to Heligoland, the Splitting the Atom EP, is available now.
"Legendary trip-hop duo Massive Attack have announced the release of their first new material in three years - an EP of four new tracks due for release on October 6th from Virgin Records. The lead song "Splitting The Atom" features Robert Del Naja (3D), Grant Marshall (Daddy G) and Horace Andy, while TV On The Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe guests on "Pray For Rain". The EP also has remixes of two new tracks; "Psyche" featuring Martina Topley-Bird is given the re-rub by Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid who have recently remixed Bat For Lashes and The Big Pink, while the Guy Garvey fronted "Bulletproof Love" is stripped back to a minimalist reworking by Christoff Berg, who alongside Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid produced the Fever Ray eponymous album.In related news, Hope Sandoval has a new Warm Inventions album and is touring, and says Mazzy Star will be back.
Massive Attack will release their much anticipated fifth studio album In February, 2010. This time around sees collaborations with Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey and Tunde Adebimpe.
Over the last three years Robert Del Naja has written and produced soundtracks for a number of films and documentaries, including 'Trouble In The Water', '44 Inch Chest', 'In Prison My Whole Life' and 'Gamorra', the latter for which he won the David Di Donatello Award for Best Song. Earlier this year, Massive Attack won the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award at the Ivor Novello Awards. Massive Attack will headline this year's Bestival on Friday, September 11th ahead of their first full UK tour in three years that begins on September 17th in London."
by BrooklynVegan Mike
A friend of mine played me some stuff and said "you're the father of dubstep."
Tricky (who kicks off a US tour at Irving Plaza in NYC Thurday night) is never at a loss for words or a strong opinion. His career has been defined as much by his viewpoints on artists and music past and present as it has his ever shifting sound pallette. He has been called "the king of trip-hop," a moniker that he never liked and never quite fit. Though his debut Maxinquaye helped forge and popularize, along with Portishead and Massive Attack, the "Bristol" sound, every album since has steadily moved away from simple categorization.
"It's coincidence. To be honest with you, Portishead and Massive Attack, I don't know anything about their music; last time I heard Massive Attack's music was when I was in it, and I've never listened to Portishead. Even if I hadn't been in Massive Attack, that's not something I would listen to, it's not my thing. I don't know much about these bands." [said Tricky recently to The Skinny]The forty year old, who was worked with everyone, from Bjork and The Gravediggaz, to Tool and Live, is back with his first album in five years, Knowle West Boy, and many are calling it a return. When we spoke, he was in a relaxed mood. He speaks with a hyper active patter that is engaging and contagious.
We began our conversation by discussing his absence away from music. Despite being quite consistent with his releases (putting out eight albums in eight years), this is his first record since 2003's Back To Mine. When asked about the long break, he suggested that he started to break away mentally before 2003. "September 11th took me off my stride," he said. "I was in the cycle of tour, record, tour, record. I was in L.A doing some work. I was to leave on a European tour on the 11th and everything happened. I didn't want to travel for a long time. I moved to L.A. And that took a year of my life. I was also looking for another label, and that took another year of my life as well. So really, the 11th of September just changed everything for me."
He has since moved back to England, a decision that has certainly influenced the new record. But when asked why at this stage in his career he would make a concept album about his youth (as was written here, and here), he replied "That's not really true. It's not just about my youth. There are a couple of songs [including the first single, 'Council Estate'] that are about my childhood but there are other songs on there. I think people are thinking that because of those songs as well as the title. Knowle West is a place where nothing good is supposed to come out of. I named the album Knowle West Boy to say, "look at me. I'm still here." He also scoffed at the notion that the record, which has received some of his best reviews since Angels With Dirty Faces, was a return to form. "That's basically because it's more accessible then say Pre-Millenium Tension. I could have put this kind of record out then but chose not to."
This got us talking about the Tricky "sound" and if, in fact, there was one....