Student

The move, long rumoured, has finally been announced as part of plans to raise student numbers

Tricky: 'I've found my calling. It's helping the youth'

After tiring of life in California, Bristol's trip hop king is back in Europe, determined to help disadvantaged teenagers in Paris find their voice. Nick Duerden meets Tricky

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Massive Attack, O2 Academy, Birmingham<br/>The Veronicas, Koko, London

Keep it down, boys &ndash; we're trying to sleep down here

Album: Anouar Brahem, The Astounding Eyes of Rita, (ECM)

Albums as perfect as this appear rarely. Tunisian oud maestro Brahem has been one of ECM's most-revered artists for years, pioneering a superior kind of east-west fusion (although that makes it sound less interesting than it is).

Massive Attack, Brixton Academy, London

You don't really dance to Massive Attack, so much as sway to their dark tones, acid house keyboards and soulful vocals. At Brixton Academy though, the once untouchable masters of trip-hop struggled to elicit even that muted reaction.

Caught in the Net - A little bit of give and take

With news emerging on MTV.com last week that art-rockers TV on the Radio, left, plan to have some time off, hipsters everywhere fell into long periods of pained self-reflection and grief. But while they take with one hand, they give with another. Massive Attack's new digital EP 'Splitting the Atom', is due on 5 October. The first song to emerge from it is "Pray for Rain", with vocals provided by Tunde Adebimpe, frontman of TV on the Radio. Clocking in at about seven minutes, it's a typically epic affair from Massive Attack with usual helpings of broodiness and a nicely understated vocal from Adebimpe. It perhaps doesn't scale the heights of the Bristol band's best work, but it's worth a listen. Hear it at tinyurl.com/nsjeqd. Rain Machine, meanwhile, is the side project of Kyp Malone, also of the aforementioned art-rock band. An album comes out from him on 22 September but in the meantime there is a new song called "Smiling Black Faces". It's in a similar vein to Malone's main band and it's rather good. Listen to it at tinyurl.com/n8cs9b. So, there are reasons to be cheerful amid the loss...

Album: Zero 7, Yeah Ghost (Atlantic)

If Faithless are a poor man's Massive Attack, then Zero 7 truly are a band for credit crunch times.

Taliban denies reponsibility for Afghan blast

The Taliban denied responsibility today for a massive attack in the southern city of Kandahar that killed and wounded dozens of Afghan civilians the previous day.

Album: Nneka, No Longer at Ease, (Four / Yo Mama)

No Longer at Ease, indeed. From the opening track – the spookily atmospheric "Death" – this Nigerian singer-songwriter delivers her own brand of edgy, politically motivated, post-soul (rather than nu-soul).

My Secret Life: Paolo Nutini, singer-songwriter, 22

The home I grew up in ... I remember when we made the step from flat to house and I got my own room. It was a nice big house across the road from a lake and up the street from a country park

Jonny Dollar: Musician and producer whose work with Massive Attack pioneered the genre of trip hop

With its moody, ominous sound and pioneering mix of beats, samples and strings, Blue Lines, the debut album by the Bristol collective Massive Attack, defined a new musical genre, trip hop. Released in April 1991, the landmark album contained three hit singles – "Unfinished Sympathy", "Safe From Harm" and "Hymn Of The Big Wheel" – spent the next 18 months in the British charts and became part of the soundtrack of the early Nineties alongside grunge and Britpop.

Album: Terry Callier, Hidden Conversations, (Mr Bongo)

Rare-groove legend TC goes trip-hop, with two songs co-written with Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja, who composes another, "Live with Me", himself.

Album: Fredo Viola, The Turn (Because Music)

An artist for our times, Fredo Viola's "cluster" videos went viral and led to an as-yet-unreleased collaboration with Massive Attack.

Tricky, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

For many, Tricky will for ever be defined by the genre he helped create. He has always been darker and more threatening than his contemporaries Massive Attack and Portishead, but he can't seem to escape trip-hop, or for that matter Maxinquaye, his defining debut album.

Tricky returns to the live arena

After five years in the wilderness, Tricky is staging a comeback. Matilda Egere-Cooper caught up with the voice of trip-hop about where he&rsquo;s been &ndash; and why he thinks that Jo Whiley has got it in for him
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