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Massive Attack North American Tour

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting a long time for this news. Massive Attack have announced a short North American Tour, consisting of 4 cities, 2 dates each, with a final date at the Sasquatch Festival in Washington.

Joining Massive Attack on their tour is Martina Topley-Bird, who sings two songs on Heligoland, and long time collaborator Horace Andy.

The tour starts May 7th in Toronto. All tickets go on sale March 5th, except the San Francisco dates, which go on sale March 7th, and the Sasquatch Festival, which is already on sale. Check out the full schedule after the jump. Continue reading

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Massive Attack – Heligoland

Finally, after years of waiting, filled with rumors and confusion, Massive Attack’s first real record since 2003’s 100th Window has been released, and it is worth the wait.

One thing that can be said about Bristol’s Massive Attack is that they never repeat themselves, and Heligoland is no exception. The ingredients are familiar: driving rhythms, brooding melodies, massive bass sounds and a healthy mix of digital/analog sounds, but Heligoland has a sound all its own that sets it apart from anything the group has done in the past. At times Heligoland reminds me more of Kid A-era Radiohead than any previous Massive Attack releases, but that could just be because the atonal horns at the end of “Girl I Love You” remind me of the the end of Radiohead’s “National Anthem.”

That Heligoland feels as organic as it does after having been in production for so long comes as a bit of a surprise, as many projects that take this long to complete end up feeling uninspired and hastily thrown together. Somehow, though, Massive Attack has managed to put together a concise and fluid album on par with any of their earlier records. Continue reading

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