Various - Protected: Massive Samples (3 stars)

Protected: Massive Samples

(Rapster Records)


In 2007, Rapster gave us Discovered, a CD full of original tunes which Daft Punk had plundered for their sampling requirements and now it’s Massive Attack’s turn.

Not that the Bristol trip hoppers are overly keen on the word ‘sample’. According to the sleeve notes for their Collected compilation, they prefer to see their own tracks as ‘containing elements from’ other people’s work, and here we get icons such as Rufus & Chaka, Isaac Hayes and James Brown gathered up in one place.

Protected certainly contains elements of beauty but is weighed down by a surprising amount of blanded-out soul flotsam and dub jetsam.

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