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Sunday 01 November 2009
Wednesday 21 October 2009
Sunday 27 September 2009
Sunday 27 September 2009
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).
Monday 21 September 2009
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.
Friday 11 September 2009
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...
Sunday 06 September 2009
If Faithless are a poor man's Massive Attack, then Zero 7 truly are a band for credit crunch times.
Wednesday 26 August 2009
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.
Sunday 09 August 2009
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).
Saturday 18 July 2009
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
Thursday 18 June 2009
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.
Sunday 24 May 2009
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.
Sunday 15 March 2009
An artist for our times, Fredo Viola's "cluster" videos went viral and led to an as-yet-unreleased collaboration with Massive Attack.
Wednesday 25 February 2009
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.
Saturday 07 February 2009
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales