Massive Attack set for Glasgow 02 Academy

Massive Attack set for Glasgow 02 Academy

‘If a thing’s worth doing,’ declares the latest status update on Massive Attack’s MySpace page, ‘it’s worth doing slowly’. There’s your nine-word excuse, then, for the gap between 2003’s 100 Windows album and their much-anticipated fifth record. Rumoured to be called either Weather Underground or simply LP5, the album’s tentatively scheduled for release in 2010. Don’t hold your breath, though – it’s been on its way for a while now.

Following five years of film soundtracks, the contractually obligatory Collected and various abortive and almost completed collaborations with well-known artists, Bristolian hip hop (neé trip hop) pioneers Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja and Grant Marshall are at last going to be releasing something new under the Massive Attack brand. The Splitting the Atom EP is out this fortnight, and features TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Elbow’s Guy Garvey, Martina Topley-Bird and long time MA collaborator Horace Andy. Garvey’s co-written ‘Bulletproof Love’ has already been revealed online and is a somnambulant, street lit mantra with a touch of Walter Carlos about it, a rich evocation of the band’s long, laboured shuffle towards getting the job done. Other rumoured collaborators on the album include Damon Albarn and Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval; expect at least a few fragments of new material to be heard here.

O2 Academy, Glasgow, Mon 28 & Tue 29 Sep.

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