By: Spacelab Research Staff
Reports have surfaced of contributors to the new Massive Attack album that's shrouded in mystery.
When speaking to the Guardian, Robert "3D" Del Naja said that Damon Albarn (The Good, The Bad And The Queen, Gorillaz, Blur) Horace Andy, Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins), Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), and Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio) have all made contributions to the album. Other confirmed additions come from Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) and producer Neil Davidge.
Interweb rumours have suggested that other contributions have been made by Mike Patton, David Bowie, and Patti Smith, but that's unconfirmed at this point.
Massive Attack is said to have recorded over a hundred tracks for their last album, 100th Window; that album was eventually paired down to nine tracks. It was created largely by 3D, without Grant "Daddy G" Marshall taking an active role, which could have had an impact on 100th Window's sound. It was largely described as being cold, hollow and lonely sounding, missing some of the best aspects of Massive Attack's sound.
"I'm here to put the black back into Massive Attack," said Marshall in the same Guardian interview.
At this point, it seems very apparent that Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles has left the band for good and won't be making any contributions this time around.
The band is leaning a bit into political views and assistance on any variety of geopolitcal subjects. They recently showed up in Birmingham and London for the Hoping (Hope and Optimism for Palestinians in the Next Generation) Foundation benefit shows. The organization helps Palestinian refugee children with aid, a need that is not often talked about in American and European quarters of the world. Massive Attack never hesitates to weave a complex but intellectual path through political views, always offering a substantial viewpoint, whether you agree with them or not.
It's been four years since the release of the last album 100th Window, and with Grant Marshall taking more of an active role on Weather Underground, who knows how many potential songs have been worked with. The band has stated that there might be enough material to release two albums in 12 months time. No confirmed release date yet, but anyone who knows Massive Attack is probably used to that by now. This band definitely moves at its own pace, and will not release an album until they feel it's ready.