It took Massive Attack five years of to-ing and fro-ing between different houses and studios, marked by discarded sessions and various murmurs and rumours, to release their fifth album, “Heligoland”. Despite the difficulty in producing it, and all the good moments it boasts, the album left many of the band’s fans a bit unsatisfied. Now it seems like Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall don’t want to go through that again, at least not in the near future.
In a statement to Spinner, 3D has declared the band is fed up with the album format and with everything around from it (recording, promotion, touring, singles, etc.). So for the future, the duo thinks “ it's more fun putting things out randomly”. According to Del Naja, over the past year Massive Attack has followed a very traditional course of action, so maybe next year they’ll be “a bit unorthodox”. There’re no plans for a new album, but the duo has confirmed that over the next 12 months, several EPs featuring new material by the band will be released “spontaneously”, without great planning. The first one is “Atlas Air EP”, out on 22nd November. It includes four tracks, one of them a previously unreleased song called “Redlight”, featuring the voice of Elbow’s Guy Garvey.