It’s been six years since British trip-hop duo Massive Attack released “100th Window,” the band’s last proper studio album. (Let’s forget about that tepid, instrumental soundtrack for “Danny the Dog” from 2004.) And increasingly it’s been looking as if the duo, Daddy G and Robert “3D” del Naja, were going the way of their Bristol, England homies Portishead, who took 11 years to release last year’s phenomenal “Third.”
The good news today is that fans won’t have to wait quite that long. Today, EMI Music announced that a four-song Massive Attack EP called “Splitting the Atom” will be released on Oct. 6 followed by a full-length album next February.
The EP title track features long-time Massive collaborator Horace Andy. The disc will also include “Pray for Rain,” with vocals from TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, and remixes of two tracks called “Psyche” and “Bulletproof Love,” according to today’s announcement.
Listen to what appears to be a leaked version of lead single “Splitting the Atom” here.
Details remain foggy regarding the follow-up album. But When I interviewed Daddy G before Massive’s 2006 tour stop in Seattle, he told me that he and del Naja had approached punk icon Patti Smith, David Bowie, Faith No More’s Mike Patton and others about appearing on the album.
Patton later told me he had cut four songs with Massive Attack, not including a collaboration called “Kill the DJ” for his Peeping Tom project.