Trip Hop

Portishead have a new album out. Morcheeba have a new album out. I guess it would still even be on topic to say DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist and Thievery Corporation are keeping busy too. Next up: new albums by Tricky and Massive Attack, and a Massive Attack-curated Meltdown music festival in Europe. Details and tour dates below....


Domino are proud to announce the release of Knowle West Boy, the new album from Tricky, on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 (out July 7th in the UK). The release finds the artist seizing his roots and detailing the travels and travails of his youth, resulting in a record that acts as an eclectic aural history of his diverse upbringing.

Produced by Tricky, with Switch on additional production and mixing duties, Knowle West Boy was recorded in London and LA and is the summation of everything that Tricky has accomplished since his 1995 Maxinquaye debut. The album's first single "Council Estate" will be released this summer. A teaser of the stunning new video is currently available now via

Named after the Brixton urban ghetto where Tricky grew up, the underpinning theme of the release is rediscovery: the American exile finding the joy of making music again; the experienced player recalling the struggle of being Knowle West's very own Tricky Kid, the weird but defiant teen outsider who knew that with enough lust for life you could become a superstar.

The album finds the artist reaching into the post-punk, Two-Tone, reggae, hip hop and pure pop he grew up adoring and twisting it all into surreal songscapes. From the sardonic bar-room blues of "Puppy Toy," to the haunting quasi-classicism of "Joseph;" to the bereft torchery of "Past Mistake;" to the Roxy Music's The Bogus Man-at-the-dancehall art-stomp of "Bacative;" Tricky uses his astonishingly eclectic band and a host of great undiscovered singers to create the most varied and accessible set of his career.

Tracklisting is as follows:

1. Puppy Toy
2. Bacative
3. Joseph
4. Veronica
5. C'mon Baby
6. Council Estate
7. Past Mistake
8. Coalition
9. Cross To Bear
10. Slow
11. Baligaga
12. Far Away
13. School Gates


18 Apr 2008 - We know Massive Attack are releasing a new album this summer, and now we have a major clue as to it's sound.

Horace Andy is one of the best known vocalists with trip hoppers Massive Attack. The reggae legend, famous for his falsetto vocals, added his distinctive voice to tracks like One Love and Five Man Army from their debut Blue Lines and Angel from their third album Mezzanine, to name a few.

Horace Andy dropped into the 6 Music studios as he is over here playing some live shows, and says he's already been recording tracks for Massive Attack's next instalment:

"They send the lyrics for me to learn, I've done three tracks. I never know what they are going to choose, I am supposed to be going up to Bristol very soon. Four years now and they haven't come with an album yet, if I was to stick around and wait on Massive, man, oh my God..." [BBC]


MeltdownMassive Attack are curating this year's Meltdown festival held at the Southbank Centre, London from Saturday 14th to Tuesday 24th June have announced an eclectic line-up of artists and screenings for this year.

Massive Attack themselves will be playing twice at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 14th and Sunday 22nd June. Their special guests over the eleven days include Grace Jones, Elbow, Fleet Foxes, Gong, Stiff Little Fingers, Horace Andy, The Shortwave Set, and Martina Topley-Bird.

Other confirmed artists are Gang Of Four, Tom Tom Club, Johnny Clarke, Terry Callier, Aloe Blacc, Tunng, Leila Earl 16,Prince Malachai, Mark Stewart & The Maffia, Showcase Edit, Adrian Sherwood, and Yellow Magic Orchestra.

Massive Attack will also be presenting a showcase called the 'Future Sounds of Hip-hop' with Dalek, Cool Kids, Shape Of Broad Minds, and Flying Lotus. Saxon Sound System make an appearance with Musclehead, Tippa Irie, Trevor Sax and Papa Levi. There's also a 'Silent Disco' with guest DJs including Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) And Peaches.

Other highlights will include Vangelis' Blade Runner Soundtrack performed live by the Heritage Orchestra, and mixed by Massive Attack. Screenings of Taxi to the Dark Side, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, The Night James Brown Saved Boston, Shane Meadow's Somers Town, In Prison My Whole Life, and BUG: Massive Attack's Videos. Plus there will be pre-show sessions with Trojan Sound System And Blast Theory's Day Of The Figurines. [efestivals]

Massive Attack - 2008 Tour Dates
06-09 Tallinn, Estonia - Saku Arena
06-11 St. Petersburg, Russia - Stereoleto Festival
06-14 London, England - Meltdown Festival
06-22 London, England - Meltdown Festival
06-28 Glastonbury, England - Glastonbury Festival
07-01 Cork, Ireland - Marquee
07-03 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Westerpark
07-04 Belfort, France - Eurockeenes Belfort
07-06 Gdynia, Poland - Heineken Open'er Festival
07-10 Ljubljana, Slovenia - Krizanke Monastery
07-11 Balaton Lake, Hungary - Balaton Sound Festival
07-13 Istanbul, Turkey - Parkorman
07-15 Athens, Greece - Fly Beyond Athens Festival
07-17 Naples, Italy - Carpisa Naepolis
07-18 Rome, Italy - Roma Rock Festival
07-19 Ravenna, Italy - Pala de Andre
07-20 Padova, Italy - Villa Pisani
07-22 Cascassonne, France - Festival de la Cite
07-23 Arles, France - Theatre Antique d/Arles
07-24 Fourvieres, France - Les Nuits de Fourviere
07-25 Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Festival
07-26 Cognac, France - Cognac Blues Passions Festival
08-06 Lokeren, Belgium - Lokerse Festival
08-09 Saalburg, Germany - Sonne Mond and Sterne Festival
08-15 Almeria, Spain - Ola Festival

Pitchfork says that Dave Sitek is also rumored to be working with Massive Attack on their new album.

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