SURPRISE! Trip-hop legends Massive Attack recently announced a four-track EP, Ritual Spirit, set to be released later this year. But, it’s 2016, and by now we should all know very well that silly things like “release dates” and “official announcements” mean squat – so the Bristol artists have thrown all your planning out the window, and dropped the EP today.
The four track EP features a delicious range of guests, including Roots Manuva, upcomer Azekel, Young Fathers, and, most excitingly, Massive Attack founding member Tricky, who has not performed with the group since 1994.
Last week, the group shared snippets of new music via iPhone app Fantom, in which users could kind of remix tracks themselves. Now, the full Ritual Spirit EP is available.
It’s really, really, really good (sure, Massive Attack and Tricky are both in my desert island acts, but a little bias never hurt anyone.)
The group have also announced that a second EP and a full album will both be coming later this year, signalling a welcome end to their musical dry spell – Massive Attack’s last release was 2010’s Heligoland.
1. Dead Editors (ft. Roots Manuva)
2. Ritual Spirit (ft. Aekel)
3. Voodoo in My Blood (ft. Young Fathers)
4. Take It There (ft. Tricky)
Here’s the artwork: