7 posts categorized "massive attack"

05/24/2010

Massive Attack: U.S. TV Debut on Jimmy Kimmel and New Video for Psyche!

On Friday, most of us were out whooping it up in the sweet weather of a mid-May night in NYC. But if you were in Los Angeles, or hell, even just perched in front of the telly sometime after 12:05am, then you may have caught Massive Attack's US television debut performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Almost hard to believe that this legendary act somehow never made it to our Stateside watch-boxes.

 

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On the television broadcast, Massive Attack performed United Snakes, from new album Heligoland, as well as Tear Drop, featuring Martina Topley-Bird on vocals. We caught MA and MT-B live at Terminal 5 earlier this month and the show went beyond our wildest expectations. Check out the review here, then scroll down to watch both performances below.

 

Also, give a glance to Massive Attack's new video for album track, Psyche, after the TV clips.

 


  

 

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mp3: Massive Attack (ft Martina Topley-Bird) - Psyche (Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid Remix)

 


05/13/2010

Massive Attack, Martina Topley-Bird and Neon Indian Create an Electric Paradise at Terminal 5

"Oh well, the devil makes us sin...but we like it when we're spinning in his grip..." A set of opening lyrics from Massive Attack's Paradise Circus provide a slinky course of wonder throughout every listening experience. And while the UK electronica/trip-hop duo decided against performing the song (off of latest album Heliogland), at last night's stop at NYC's Terminal 5, the sentiment expressed rings pure and true, as Robert Del Naja (3D) and Grantley Marshall (Daddy G) played the role of the dark underlords who held captive a sold out crowd of their most dedicated fans and, dare we say, massive enthusiasts.

 

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With opening acts Martina Topley-Bird and Neon Indian setting the stage for the main attraction, Terminal 5 became a veritable 3-ring circus of the best in eclectic electronica. Topley-Bird began the evening with an utterly sublime set of songs, consisting of looping her vocals and playing keys, drum-pads  and guitar. The singer's unique voice cuts through equally on her recorded tracks as it does live. While her 2008 album, The Blue God, has failed to see a proper US release, having heard songs from the release in this arena proved polished and timeless, while keeping a modern-day nouveau cool mentality.

 

After, Neon Indian graced the risers with a short set of their most well-known tunes. And while they got cut short before hitting their finale of Ephemeral Artery, Alan, his mates, and his hair were in fine form, keeping the buzz of the building at excited euphoric levels.

 

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Beginning just before 10pm, the lights lowered and a roaring applause rolled through the crowd. As Del Naja took the stage with a full backing band, LED lights and electrics galore, the opening and unmistakable drum hits of United Snakes ushered in the start of a 16-song set, which included 4 encore songs.

 

Most of the set relied on material from Heliogland, as well as the band's 1998 album, Mezzanine. While the former recorded tracks rely heavily on guest vocals, including Hope Sandoval and Damon Albarn, Topley-Bird, along with Horace Andy and Deborah Miller were welcomed on stage to provide the chorales for Safe From Harm and Girl I Love You, to name a few. A personal highlight for me was the inclusion of Martina on Tear Drop, as she joined the band for a perfect recounting of the haunting tune.

 

With the lights and sounds displaying a visual assault on all the senses, it's safe to say this was a truly incredible experience. Massive? Yes. Memorable? Most definitely.

 

Please see full sets of pictures for Martina Topley-Bird (here), Neon Indian (here) and Massive Attack (here). Last night's set list is below a few choice cuts.

 

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United Snakes 
Babel 
Risingson 
Girl, I Love You 
Psyche 
Future Proof 
Invade Me 
Teardrop 
Mezzanine 
Angel 
Safe From Harm 
Inertia Creeps 


Encore: 
Splitting the Atom 
Unfinished Sympathy 
Atlas Air 
Karmakoma

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mp3: Martina Topley-Bird - Poison (Van She Tech Remix)

mp3: Massive Attack - Splitting The Atom

mp3: Neon Indian - Deadbeat Summer

   


04/27/2010

Massive Attack Playing 2 NYC Shows in May

Beginning to mid-May is always a hectic show season here in NYC. And it's no shock that British production duo, Massive Attack, are making their way to the city of big dreams, seeing as how their acclaimed album, Heliogland, came out earlier this month. Supporting the release, we get two shows in May, and yeah...we're pretty darn well stoked about it.

 

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On May 11 and 12, Massive Attack will bring their psychedelic stage show to Terminal 5 in New York City. The band will be joined by Martina Topley-Bird as a guest vocalist and opening act. Also on the first night of their two-date run, the band has selected local troupe, Anti-Pop Consortium, to serve as an opener as well.

 

APC released their fourth studio album, Fluorescent Black, last year, and they will continue on a handful of dates with Massive Attack in Los Angeles later in the month.

 

Tickets for the NYC shows can be purchased here.

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mp3: Massive Attack - Karmacoma (Portishead Experience)

mp3: Anti-Pop Consortium - NY to Tokyo

 

04/07/2010

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Trouble (new video!)

There's probably no one modern voice that soothes quite like Hope Sandoval's does. From her days with Mazzy Star in the early 90s through  her current project with The Warm Inventions, Sandoval has the ability to leave you hanging on every word she sings. It's with this sense of eased emotions that she's won over critics with her recent album, Through the Devil Softly.

 

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While album opener, Blanchard, acted as the lead single, it's the hauntingly desperado-tinged Trouble that gets the first official video. If you're in the mood to melt today, I highly suggest you spin this disc, spotted with intermissions of video watching.

 

Be sure to pay attention, because the elusively-coy Sandoval makes quite the trippy number of appearances in the new video, directed by Tony Moina and Spencer Bewley. 

 

Watch now.

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mp3: Massive Attack (featuring Hope Sandoval) - Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix)

mp3: Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions - Blanchard

  

 

02/25/2010

Massive Attack - Flat of the Blade (new video!)

Earlier this month, British electronic trip-hop duo, Massive Attack, released their 5th proper studio album, Heligoland, to a bath of generous praise and lauding. Rightfully so too...the album is a terrific and at times, terrifying, journey through the darkest depths of experimental and innovative music.


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Massive Attack have been commissioning film makers to create short pieces of work to accompany the songs from their current album. This latest clip is the directorial debut of famed photographer Ewen Spencer. Following Deeze, a young MC from Handsworth, Birmingham, Flat of the Blade paints a subtle but affecting portrait of urban Britain.

 

 

The song features Elbow frontman, Guy Garvey, taking the vocal reigns.

 

 

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mp3: Massive Attack - Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix)

 

02/08/2010

Beastly Bits #22

Geaux Saints! Did you catch the Super Bowl last night? More importantly, did you watch The Who during the halftime spectacular. I've got my thoughts on how it all played out, which I was extremely verbal about during the presentation. No need to rehash, but you can scroll through my twittered-frustrations here if you must.

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Now that the footballing is over, we're ready to focus on an extremely busy week, chock full of rad new music news.

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Metric team up with Kill The 8 to design a special Haiti Relief T-shirt. It's available as an exclusive pre-sale here with 100% of the profits going directly to the Canadian Red Cross Haiti relief effort.


Massive Attack's new album, Heligoland, is available as a deluxe triple gatefold edition for you serious collectors/fans. Information on how to make it yours can be found here.


To celebrate Florence + The Machine's BRIT Award nominations, the good folks at Orange have launched a fantastic competition to win one of 5 top-of-the-range Sony Ericsson W595 Monkey handsets. Enter here.


Mr. Vega's Play Me At Pacha Louder EP will hit all digital stores the second week of March. We've got an mp3 of the entire EP in minimix form, and it's yours for free below.


This month's FADER Bowl takes place tomorrow night, featuring Restless People and MNDR. More information on the free festivities here.

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mp3: Mr. Vega - Play Me At Pacha Louder (EP Minimix)

01/19/2010

Massive Attack - Girl I Love You (She Is Danger Remix)

An album that has been high up on my "ooh yeah, I can't wait to hear this" chart is Massive Attack's forthcoming release, Heligoland. Sure, there have been the inevitable leaks, and hell, we're guilty as the next kid for peaking a sneak with our ears, but I'm reserving all judgments and critiques until the band's 5th studio album is officially released on February 8.

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With the impending release date nearing, we've got a neat treat for all.

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Since 1990 (wow, that's 20 years and yeah it seems weird to say that...whew!), Jamaican roots-reggae singer, Horace Andy, has been collaborating with Massive Attack. So it's no surprise that that British trip-hop duo enlisted the unique vocals of their longtime friend for new album, Heligoland. Andy provides his Rastafarian tones on the cut, Girl I Love You, an echoey and darkly tuned ride of a record. Today, I'm pleased as punch to give you the first of a few official remixes I'll be rolling out over the course of the next few weeks. One of my Beaston-faves of late last year, She Is Danger, took the song and added a dynamic new beat and extra dubby goodness.  

And it's all yours, for free, below. 

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mp3: Massive Attack - Girl I Love You (She Is Danger Remix)



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