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Massive Attack (1991)

Interview by Steven Daly, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1991

The Bristol trio talk about the time being right for their music; what they listen to; albums vs. singles; the Bristol scene and sound, plus the influence of reggae; their recording and mixing process and the place for remixing.

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Massive Attack: The Bristol Bunch

Interview by John McCready, The Face, January 1991

MASSIVE ATTACK were part of Bristol's Wild Bunch crew, a posse who pioneered UK hip hop. In 1986 they helped put together ‘The Look Of ...

Massive Attack: Massive: Blue Lines (Circa)

Review by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, 30 March 1991

RHAPSODY IN BLUE ...

Massive Attack: Massive: Young Guns IV

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, 2 April 1991

Massive have always been known for their individual stance in music making. Now the hard work appears to be paying off for the Bristol based quartet ...

Massive Attack: Blue Lines (Wild Bunch/Circa)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 6 April 1991

IMMENSE AT WORK ...

Massive Attack: Wild At Heart

Profile and Interview by John Robb, Sounds, 6 April 1991

It's taken three years and a war, but MASSIVE have finally risen to the top of the charts. JOHN ROBB listens to their stunning debut ...

Inspiral Carpets, Massive Attack: Massive: Blue Lines (Wild Bunch/Circa); Inspiral Carpets: The Beast Inside (Mute)

Review by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 25 April 1991

Massive unfinished sympathy ...

Massive Attack, Smith & Mighty, Mark Stewart, Tricky: Various: The Hard Sell (Earth Recordings/All formats)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 27 July 1991

NO CELL OUT ...

The KLF, Massive Attack: The K.L.F. and Massive Attack: Psychedelic Rock Enters the Progressive Phase

Overview by Simon Reynolds, The New York Times, 18 August 1991

SO VOLATILE is the club scene that few artists have been able to make a career out of dance music, which is released mostly as ...

Horace Andy, Massive Attack: Keep on Runnings

Report by Sean O'Hagan, The Guardian, 15 February 1992

Bob Marley's music is not the young music in Kingston today. Ragga not reggae is king. And that took the British group Massive Attack to ...

Massive Attack: Wheeling In The Years

Interview by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, 22 February 1992

BRITAIN IS CRAP, we decide over lunch in a Bristol restaurant where we're waiting for Massive Attack. The food is cold, the service is virtually ...

Massive Attack: Go West

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Face, August 1994

When Shara Nelson and others moved on to new projects, the faces and spaces of Massive Attack's Blue Lines were superseded by silence. Three years later, ...

Portishead: Dummy (Go Beat/All formats)

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, 13 August 1994

POOR PORTISHEAD. The town, I mean, not the slo-mo sound sculptors who have made this innocuous seaside hideaway sound so relentlessly tragic. For this is, ...

Massive Attack: Protection (Virgin)

Review by Ben Thompson, The Independent, September 1994

THEIR FIRST ALBUM, 1991's sumptuous Blue Lines, opened up a whole new imaginative world for British dance music, in the same way that De La ...

Massive Attack, Portishead: Trip Hop Don't Stop: Massive Attack and Portishead

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 17 September 1994

Imagine a cross between ambient and hip-hop. Imagine a Brit version of Cypress Hill or Gravediggaz's spooky Gothic Hop. Imagine the sound of 'bombs exploding ...

Massive Attack: Haçienda, Manchester

Live Review by Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 7 December 1994

MASSIVE ATTACK promised us a "multi-media experience" and, boy, they gave us one. The traditionally grey, post-modern confines of the Haçienda were swamped in camouflage ...

Portishead: The Reluctant Debutante

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, 11 December 1994

IF YOU WERE the most compelling and enigmatic new group in Britain, playing your first proper gig in the sort of London club where Christine ...

Massive Attack: The Leadmill, Sheffield

Live Review by David Bennun, Melody Maker, 17 December 1994

ASSAULT AND FLATTERY ...

Portishead: Give Good 'Head

Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, 21 January 1995

From a tiny town outside Bristol came last year's best album, the piercing, lovelorn and sexy-as-f*** Dummy by PORTISHEAD. EVERETT TRUE meets the band to ...

Massive Attack, Portishead: Massive Attack: Surprise Attack

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Details, February 1995

Massive Attack invented a loping, trippy dance sound that could have turned them into international stars. When they decided they'd rather stay home in Bristol, ...

Tricky: The Wide Bunch

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Face, February 1995

Tense, nervous and paranoid, Tricky has emerged from the dark heart of the Bristol beat with an extraordinary album that is almost as strange and ...

Tricky: Maxinquaye (4th & Broadway)

Review by Dele Fadele, New Musical Express, 18 February 1995

THE SEVERN ALLIANCE ...

Tricky: Maxinquaye

Review by Jon Savage, MOJO, March 1995

THIS IS A brilliant record: densely layered, full of barely controlled nervous energy, paranoid under surveillance, at times more intimate than you’d wish – like ...

PJ Harvey, Tricky: Town & Country Club, Leeds

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 18 March 1995

THE REBIRTH OF GHOUL ...

Renegade Soundwave, Tricky: Tricky, Renegade Soundwave: The Grand, Clapham, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 15 May 1995

Cool, calm and very, very strange: Caroline Sullivan is haunted by Bristol rapper Tricky ...

Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky: Trip Hop: Another City, Another New Sound

Report by Simon Reynolds, The New York Times, 28 May 1995

POP GROUPS hate being identified as part of a scene centred on a city. But if there's one thing bands resent even more, it is ...

Tricky: Just Like That!

Interview by Martin Aston, Q, June 1995

Avonian ingénu Tricky has pulled quite a rabbit from the top hat they're calling "Bristol trip-hop". Martin Aston meets the Number 1 rapper with plenty ...

The Chemical Brothers, DJ Shadow, Dreadzone, Earthling, Massive Attack, Portishead, Renegade Soundwave, Tricky, Andrew Weatherall, The Wild Bunch: Trip Hop: Where The Beats Have No Name

Report and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Vox, July 1995

Trip-hop is now part of pop's international language — but the pioneers of Britain's most successful musical export in years refuse to admit it exists... ...

Tricky: New Faces: Tricky

Profile and Interview by David Sinclair, Rolling Stone, 10 August 1995

"YOU 'AVEN'T got any rizlas, 'ave you?" Tricky says, asking for rolling papers by way of an introduction. The 27-year-old rapper and songwriter — "I ...

Tricky: Uneasy Listening

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 22 October 1995

Hip, maverick rapper Tricky talks exclusively about the dark reality that inspires his music ...

Tricky: Vampire of the Sensi

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, 28 October 1995

Forget all you may have read about TRICKY. Forget that he once admitted being the father of MARTINA's child. Forget that he and Björk, at ...

The Mad Professor, Massive Attack: Massive Attack v The Mad Professor: No Protection (Gyroscope/Caroline, $16.98) ****

Review by Steffan Chirazi, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 April 1996

Mad Professor Mixes Some Magic ...

Moloko: SW1 Club, London

Live Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 15 June 1996

DO MOLOKO have something to hide? Is there something missing from their kooky take on trip-hop that can only be disguised by a vast dollop ...

Neneh Cherry: Spirited: Neneh Cherry: Man (Hut) ***

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, October 1996

Neneh Cherry: she deserves better. ...

Tricky (1996)

Interview by Steven Daly, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 1996

The Bristol maverick discusses his treatment by the music press and talks about being pigeonholed; about not repeating Maxinquaye; about recording in Jamaica and what went wrong with Massive Attack; about Trip Hop and his relationship with Martina Topley-Bird; about his criminal past and his gangster uncles; about his memories of Bristol, the Wild Bunch and Smith & Mighty; and about his role in Luc Besson's The Fifth Element...

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Tricky: Pre-Millennium Tension (Fourth & Broadway BR 623 CD/MC/LP)

Review by David Toop, The Wire, October 1996

ANY MUSICIAN who debuts at creative boiling point is going to slap into problems before too long. A couple of years of press saturation, blind ...

Tricky: Pre-Millennium Tension (Island, 10 tks/42 mins)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 9 November 1996

2000 A SPACED ODYSSEY ...

Tricky: Things That Go Bumpkin The Night

Interview by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, 9 November 1996

After his darker than dark period, West Country imp Tricky comes back from the other side with a new LP, Pre-Millennium Tension, proclaiming New York ...

Tricky: On the Edge

Interview by Steven Daly, Rolling Stone, 14 November 1996

Each year, Rolling Stone looks to the far edges of rock & roll in search of new artists who march to the beat of a ...

Juan Atkins, Afrika Bambaataa, The Chemical Brothers, Tricky: Who Put The Bleep In The Boom-Chi Bleep?

Overview by Pat Blashill, Details, December 1996

PAT BLASHILL TRACES THE HISTORY OF ELECTRO, THE UNSUNG SOURCE OF RAP, TECHNO, AND TRIP-HOP ...

Massive Attack, Radiohead: Radiohead, Massive Attack: RDS Arena, Dublin

Live Review by Sean O'Hagan, The Guardian, 23 June 1997

Storming through the downpour ...

Portishead: Roseland Ballroom, New York NY

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, 16 August 1997

'HEAD OVER HEELS ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Ghostyhead

Review and Interview by Paul Trynka, MOJO, September 1997

The marriage of beat poetry with hip hop beats. Released in the UK on September 29 before one-off London show on October 13. ...

Portishead: You Only Live Twice

Interview by Paul Trynka, MOJO, October 1997

They inspired with Dummy. And nearly expired making its successor. As Portishead finally deliver their eagerly-awaited second album. Paul Trynka uncovers the turmoil behind their ...

Portishead: Dread again — Portishead: Portishead (Go! Beat) *****

Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 3 October 1997

If Portishead's first album spooked you out, their second one will really get to you, says Caroline Sullivan ...

Portishead: Portishead (GO! Beat 11tks/50 mins)

Review by Ben Myers, Melody Maker, 4 October 1997

GLOOM, GLOOM, SHAKE THE ROOM! It's dark, it's gloomy and it's brilliant. Yep, PORTISHEAD are back ...

DJ Shadow: Camel Bobsled Race (Q-Bert Mega Mix) (Mo'Wax/CD/Tape)

Review by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 6 December 1997

ALL THIS SCRATCHING'S MAKING ME BITCH! ...

The Wild Bunch

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Campion, Ray Gun, 1998

FROM ITS ACUTELY localised inception, the influence of Bristol's Wild Bunch has spread far and wide. The sound system that spawned Massive Attack, Tricky and ...

Portishead: Trip Hop Redux

Interview by Paul Trynka, Guitar Player, January 1998

PORTISHEAD, THE British band who spawned the trip hop genre, appear to represent the cutting edge of electronic pop, but it's the guitar of Adrian ...

Groove Armada: Northern Star (Tummy Touch/CD/LP)

Review by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, 21 March 1998

JUST ONE of the trade names of Tom Findlay and Andy Cato, London club promoters and jazz-funk veterans, Groove Armada's debut album is an oddly ...

Massive Attack: Band of the decade: Massive Attack

Overview by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 29 March 1998

What is it that makes them so different? Well, one of them's called Mushroom. ...

Massive Attack: Mezzanine (Virgin)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 18 April 1998

FLOORED GENIUS ...

Massive Attack: Looking for Identities: Massive Attack

Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, May 1998

A STATELY HARPSICHORD looms up out of a gently tapping drumbeat. A piano escorts an exquisite female voice through a bass guitar archway with the ...

Massive Attack: Mezzanine

Review by Rob Chapman, MOJO, May 1998

Eagerly-anticipated follow-up to 1994’s Protection, 64 minutes of guitar-driven downbeats, featuring the toppermost tonsils of Horace Andy and the angelic ambience of Liz Fraser on ...

Propellerheads: Metropolitan University, Leeds

Live Review by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, 2 May 1998

'HEADS THEY LOSE? ...

Massive Attack: Mezzanine (Virgin)

Review by Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 1998

MASSIVE ATTACK'S 1991 debut album, Blue Lines, has become a watershed album in the history of electronic dance music for a number of reasons. By ...

Tricky: The Forum, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 22 May 1998

Choking on his own venom ...

Tricky: Angels With Dirty Faces (Island)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, 23 May 1998

Cherub Thumping! ...

Tricky: The Forum, London

Live Review by Ben Myers, Melody Maker, 30 May 1998

PRE-MILLENNIUM TEDIUM ...

Tricky

Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, June 1998

Demonised by the media, deified by the art set, the real Tricky still struggles to be heard above the hubbub. Q parts a curtain of ...

Tricky: Angels With Dirty Faces (Island)

Review by Nick Coleman, MOJO, June 1998

A fourth album for the Bristolian angst-meister, now removed to the US and working with real instruments played by real musicians. ...

Blur, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Massive Attack, Super Furry Animals, Tricky: This Must Be The Place: Newport, Bristol, Walthamstow, Colchester: Everybody's Talking About... The True Significance Of Location

Book Excerpt by Ben Thompson, 'Seven Years of Plenty' (Gollancz), October 1998

"A recent article in the New York Times proclaimed Newport as The New Seattle..." Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 13 December, 1996 ...

Portishead: Tangled Up In Blue

Interview by Rob Young, The Wire, December 1998

After three albums and a world tour which nearly put paid to them, the members of Portishead are resting up. In Bristol, Geoff Barrow and ...

Massive Attack: London Arena, Millwall, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 7 December 1998

Chilled-out prog hop struggling in a massive arena ...

Massive Attack: London Arena, London

Live Review by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, 19 December 1998

THE VICTORIOUS BIG ...

Tricky: Juxtapose (Island)

Review by Eric Weisbard, Spin, September 1999

IT ONLY SEEMS like Tricky is making the same album every time out. 1996's Nearly God stripped out whatever commercial possibilities Maxinquaye's paradigmatic trip-hop held; ...

Faithless: Dig the New Creed

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, 25 September 1999

From Euro-disco trance nutters to Mercury-friendly rock'n'soul pluralists finally getting the respect they deserve — you've heard the word, now come worship in the house ...

Wax Poetic: Wax Poetic

Review by Devon Powers, PopMatters, 19 June 2000

IT'S BEEN SO long since I've listened to something and truly felt it was new. Something so daring, so confusing, you want to swear by ...

Morcheeba: Barrowland, Glasgow

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Q, December 2000

Moving On Up: bumper sales crop turns sleepy trip-hoppers into the new M People. No! ...

Massive Attack: He used to be massive

Interview by Lisa Verrico, The Times, 11 February 2003

Massive Attack have just one original member left. Robert Del Naja tells our critic about the struggle to create a fourth album alone. ...

Massive Attack: 100th Window

Review and Interview by David Stubbs, Uncut, March 2003

Sombre fourth album, featuring guest vocals from Sinéad O'Connor ...

Massive Attack: 100th Window

Review by Will Hermes, Spin, 26 June 2003

BETWEEN U.K. MC Ms. Dynamite's debut and the rhyme battle rumoured to be brewing between Birmingham's Mike "the Streets" Skinner and Brixton's Roots Manuva, 2002 ...

The Mad Professor, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Tricky: Tricky, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, The Mad Professor: Meltdown Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by David Stubbs, The Wire, August 2003

ON PAPER, what a line-up, what a dub melding of nonconformist minds: The Mad Professor (aka Neil Fraser), who through his remixes of Primal Scream ...

Martina Topley-Bird: Scala, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 2 August 2003

WHEN MARTINA Topley-Bird made her first fateful encounter with Tricky, she was a mere schoolgirl, and went on to become his muse and partner-in-rhyme over ...

Lamb: What Sound Deluxe

Review by Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 1 September 2003

ONE OF THE FEW SURVIVORS and true innovators of the trip-hop movement, Lamb returns here with the re-release of their third album. Placed on the ...

Garbage: Scala, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, The Independent, 31 March 2005

IN RECENT WEEKS it has become de rigueur for big names to launch their new album with small dates in London. Last night, after club-sized ...

Coldcut: Cargo, EC2

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, 23 January 2006

LONG BEFORE Basement Jaxx or Fatboy Slim, Matt Black and Jonathan More were Britain's original kings of big beats. ...

Martina Topley-Bird

Press Release by Paul Moody, WME Entertainment, January 2008

"I'VE GOT something to say" whispers Martina, barely ten minutes into The Blue God, her first album for five years. "Have you?" It's a neat ...

Portishead: The Curse of Portishead Lifts

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Scotland on Sunday, March 2008

IN DECEMBER last year, three black-clad ghosts from the pop past clambered onstage at an off-season holiday camp in an icy, wind-whipped corner of Somerset. ...

Portishead: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo! Music, 17 April 2008

PEOPLE WHO don't like Portishead sneeringly dismiss them as dinner party music, something the sickening middle class stick on in the background while they discuss ...

Portishead: Third

Review by Paul Trynka, MOJO, May 2008

Long delayed, "troubled" follow-up to Portishead's long-delayed, "troubled" second album. ...

Portishead is reunited and ready to play in the desert

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, 25 Spring 2008

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — As Portishead takes the carefully backlighted stage at the ancient, tatty Manchester Apollo, heavy shadows fall across the band's members. The concert ...

Massive Attack: The Return of Massive Attack

Profile and Interview by Will Self, The Sunday Times, 24 January 2010

SOMEWHERE BACK in the early 1990s, when Britain was dull in a different way, I first heard Massive Attack's Blue Lines. Then in my early ...

Tricky

Profile and Interview by Stephen Dalton, The National, October 2010

THE GREAT LOST BOY of British music, Adrian "Tricky" Thaws has been on an exotic, erratic musical odyssey since he first added whispered raps and ...

Deadmau5, Portishead: Portishead: Hammerstein Ballroom/Deadmau5: Roseland, NYC

Live Review by Maura Johnston, The Village Voice, 12 October 2011

AT A LIVE MUSIC event, your eye naturally is drawn to what's happening onstage: guitarists thrashing and sawing at the air, vocalists preening between yawps, ...

Cypress Hill, D'Angelo, The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop (Doggy) Dogg, Tricky: Blunted On Reality: A Journalist Recalls Smoking With Snoop Dogg, Biggie, Cypress Hill & More

Memoir by Michael A. Gonzales, Complex, 20 April 2012

"Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers, Their satanic music is driven by marijuana."— Harry J. Anslinger, America's First Drug Czar ...

Massive Attack: Blue Lines: Massive Attack's blueprint for UK pop's future

Retrospective by Sean O'Hagan, The Guardian, 28 October 2012

In 1991, the laidback Bristol collective roused themselves to unleash their debut album. Reissued 21 years on it remains a landmark. Here, an early champion ...

Leslie Winer: "If I Hit You, You'd Feel It": Leslie Winer, Trip Hop's Forgotten Pioneer?

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 29 October 2012

Some argue that Leslie Winer aka © invented trip hop in 1990 with her ill-fated album, Witch. Now she's back with &c, a retrospective compilation ...

Neneh Cherry: Blank Project (Smalltown Supersound)

Review by Rob Young, The Wire, February 2014

NENEH CHERRY's re-emergence as a solo artist has been a long, gradual process.  ...

Morcheeba, Skye|Ross: Skye | Ross

Profile and Interview by David Burke, Classic Pop, October 2016

Morcheeba, helmed by Paul Godfrey's immaculate production, Skye Edwards' ethereal vocals and Ross Godfrey's luminous guitar, mapped out their own singular sonic territory in the ...

Boards Of Canada: Why Boards of Canada's Music Has the Right to Children Is the Greatest Psychedelic Album of the '90s

Essay by Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 3 April 2018

Unlocking the mysteries behind the Scottish electronic duo's hallucinatory classic, which turns 20 this month ...

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