• Massive Attack: Heligoland (180g) Vinyl 2LP - PRE-ORDER

Massive Attack
Heligoland (180g) Vinyl 2LP - PRE-ORDER

Virgin

↳ stripped-down 2010 LP from Bristol trip-hop saints, official repress

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Prayers answered. Heligoland saw the return of Grant “Daddy G” Marshall to the fold after a brief hiatus during the recording of 2003’s 100th Window, and Marshall’s involvement is apparent on note one of “Pray For Rain;” a stripped-back & soulful tune voiced by TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimbe. The band’s highly-anticipated fifth album contains fewer layers and more live instrumentation than any of their previous offerings, with a decidedly raw feel permeating the record; in stark contrast to 100th Window’s brooding, claustrophobic sound. Check out the bass-and-drums rollage giving way to a gorgeous string crescendo in the final moments of “Paradise Circus” (Hope Sandoval’s angelic vocal on the tune is equally sublime). The bare bones Robert "3D" Del Naja-voiced “Rush Minute” sounds like almost any cut from 100th Window soulfully reinterpreted by Power, Corruption & Lies-era New Order. Reggae hero and frequent collaborator Horace Andy turns up for a pair of mid-tempo rollers, the dystopian rocksteady lurch of “Splitting The Atom” and a macabre re-rub of Andy’s 1978 classic Channel One side “Girl I Love You.” Massive Attack’s Bristol connection comes full-circle on a pair of tracks (“Babel” & “Psyche”) featuring the heavenly voice of Martina Topley-Bird, one-time collaborator and muse of ex-Massive vocalist Tricky on his classic solo debut Maxinquaye. Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) and Elbow’s Guy Garvey also make guest appearances. Massive Attack’s music has always carried a certain cinematic allure, and this is one piece of the band’s formula that Heligoland doesn’t completely jettison; the record sounds just as tailor-made for film and television syncs as Mezzanine did (“Paradise Circus” was used as the theme for BBC's Luther; other songs from the album have appeared in Gossip Girl, True Blood and Revenge). Now 8 years since the album’s initial release, vinyl copies are exceedingly rare, fetching as much as 300 bucks on Discogs. 2017 saw much-needed official represses of Blue Lines, Protection, No Protection and Mezzanine, and Virgin are toasting 2018 in fine style with the first-ever vinyl repress of Heligoland as well as its elusive predecessor, 100th Window. Recommended.

  • first-ever repress of Massive Attack's fifth studio album
  • 180g double vinyl pressing
  • tracklisting: A1. Prayer For Rain, A2. Babel, B1. Splitting The Atom, B2. Girl I Love You, B3. Psyche, C1. Flat Of The Blade, C2. Paradise Circus, C3. Rush Minute, D1. Saturday Come Slow, D2. Atlas Air
  • release date: 4/27/18
  • music label: Virgin 2018

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