With their fifth album, trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack return to their roots, delivering a brooding song cycle with contributions from Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, and TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe.
Other guests on the album include Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, Martina Topley-Bird, and longtime collaborator Horace Andy. Additionally, Heligoland marks the return of original member Grant “Daddy G” Marshall to the fold, helping the group re-discover the energy that made 1997’s Mezzanine a high-water mark for its field.
To further indulge the multimedia tendencies that have seen the band involved in a number of cross-disciplinary projects over the years, the duo commissioned a number of short films to complement the record, four of which have already been released — including the X-rated promo for “Paradise Circus,” documenting the story of 1970s porn star Georgina Spelvin.
Visit Massive Attack’s official website, check them out on MySpace, read a history of Robert “3D” Del Naja’s creative collabs, keep up with the Heliogoland films in the Massive Attack Tweatre, and buy the album.
(Note: The below video is extremely NSFW.)