The initiative force behind the popularity of trip-hop, the ever popular Massive Attack band never goes out of style and is always on the spotlight. Their very hypnotic music, mostly sensual and has cinematic effects, soulful in melodies, groovy, and more has set the pace for dance music to finally be heard in the 90s.
Original members of the band were DJs. Grant Marshall, Andree Vowles, and MC Robert Del Naja met as part of The Wild Bunch. It was considered to be the first and one of the most popular sound system collectives in Britain. It was very dominant during the 80s in different clubs.
The group started out as a production trio in 1988. They released a song entitled, “Any Love”, sung by McCarthyy. Soon after, they were signed by Circa records in 1990. Their debut album called Blue Lines was made available to the public in 1991.
Three years later, they released Protection. In 1998 and 2003, the band did Mezzanine and 100th Window, respectively. With every album and transition comes the playfulness and being creative of each member of the band. They started to experiment a little bit more. They did melancholic sounds, cinematic music, and more.
They even underwent some personnel changes. Vowles left the group in 1999. Through the years, the band has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry. Just to name a few, they worked with David Bowie, Madonna, etc. Horace Andy, a roots reggae veteran has featured on all of their LPs.
In 2009, the band finished their 5th studio LP Heligoland and it was released with The Vinyl Factory. It was actually a special edition. The group’s history with The Vinyl Factory stretches back even more with the production of EP’s Splitting the Atom, Four Walls, and Atlas Air. The band was indeed very successful in working with UK producer Burial.
Apart from the fame and glory, it is the recognition or awards that they get that really matters. It seems like the group has already achieved so much, but they are not yet done. Though many younger artists and groups have emerged today, classic icons like Massive Attack would never be out casted. Their songs will be forever played and remembered. Actually, more is still expected of them. Perhaps reunion concerts would be part of their next endeavors. We would not know right?
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