Biography

Massive Attack is a band formed in Bristol, Great Britain in 1988. They are considered to be the founders of trip-hop, and their style also includes elements of jazz, hip-hop, rock, reggae and soul music. The band has constant members, but during the recording they often call other musicians and vocalists. By 2010 Massive Attack’s discography numbers five studio albums, album of remixes, album of best hits and two movie soundtracks.

Story of Massive Attack began in 80’s, when Grant Marshall, Robert Del Naja and Andrew Vowles met. They all were members of unofficial music community named The Wild Bunch, which consisted of djs, producers and musicians of all kinds. In 1988 Massive Attack released their first single Any Love. Later that composition was rerecorded with Tony Bryan and included into the second single Daydreaming in 1990. In 1991 the first Massive Attack studio album Blue Lines was released. It became one of the brightest and memorizable British albums of 90’s. Blue Lines is a combination of such styles as Jamaican reggae, American hip-hop and even jazz. Tricky, Shara Nelson and Horace Andy also took part in creation of that record, and Shara Nelson performed Unfinished Sympathy, which became a world-known hit.

In 1994 the second studio work Protection appeared, where Massive Attack used less samples and more instrument sound. Also the tempo that was used in Blue Lines was made even slower. Vocal parties were performed by Tracey Thorn and Nicolette. Craig Armstrong took part in Protection creation: he played fortepiano parties for Heat Miser and Weather Storm and performed orchestral part in Sly. Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead created new and fresh sound that was called trip-hop by the critics. In 1995 album of remixes No Protection, which were done by the famous musician Mad Professor was released. In 1996 members of Massive Attack established their own Label named Melankolic, where such musicians as Horace Andy and Craig Armstrong recorded their music.

In 1998 the most successful album of Massive Attack titled Mezzanine was released. Every band’s album had new sound, and Mezzanine was not an exception. Soft and delicate Protection was left behind; Mezzanine had rich and aggressive sound, keyboard parts were substituted by guitar ones. Elizabeth Fraser was invited to work with the band, and she performed famous Teardrop. Another song from Mezzanine, named Angel was used in numerous TV series and movies (including Guy Ritchie’s Snatch). Sepultura was one of the bands that made cover versions of Angel.

In that period Massive Attack was split: after completing the record, Andrew Vowles quitted the band. Other members were busy with their solo projects: Robert Del Naja was occupied with photography and visual arts; Grant Marshall came back to his dj activity. Anyhow, in 2003 fourth studio album 100th Window was released. It had unusual to Massive Attack sound: samples were not used at all, and all the parts were recorded with the ordinary instruments and composers. Nevertheless, slower tempo and new conception of sound did not scare the fans.

In 2004 Massive Attack created soundtrack to Luc Besson’s Danny the Dog, and in 2005 to Bullet Boy movie. In 2006 the record Collected, which consists of all music videos, rare records, unpublished material and two new songs Live With Me and False Flags was released. The fifth studio album Heligoland appeared in 2010.

Studio Albums

Massive Attack, Heligoland mp3Heligoland
After a seven-year break, the British electronica band Massive Attack recorded the disc Heligoland. This strong and delightful album is made in the classical style of the group and features many guest stars
2010
  • Downtempo
  • Trip Hop
Massive Attack, Danny the Dog mp3Danny the Dog
2004
  • Ambient
  • Ambient Dub
  • Electronic
  • Trip Hop
Massive Attack, Mezzanine mp3Mezzanine
1998
  • Downtempo
  • Dub
  • Electronic
  • Trip Hop
Massive Attack, Protection mp3Protection
1994
  • Dub
  • Trip Hop
Massive Attack, Blue Lines mp3Blue Lines
1991
  • Hip Hop
  • Soul
  • Trip Hop
  • UK Hip Hop

Singles

Massive Attack, The Spoils mp3The Spoils
2016
  • UK Hip Hop
  • Downtempo
  • Trip Hop
Massive Attack, Angel mp3Angel
1998
  • Downtempo
  • Trip Hop
Massive Attack, Inertia Creeps mp3Inertia Creeps
1998
  • Trip Hop
Massive Attack, Teardrop mp3Teardrop
1998
  • Downtempo
  • Trip Hop
Massive Attack, Risingson mp3Risingson
1997
  • Trip Hop
Massive Attack, Protection mp3Protection
1995
  • Dub
  • Trip Hop
Massive Attack, Sly mp3Sly
1994
  • Trip Hop
Massive Attack, Safe From Harm mp3Safe From Harm
1991
  • Trip Hop
  • UK Hip Hop
Massive Attack, Unfinished Sympathy mp3Unfinished Sympathy
1991
  • House
  • Soul
  • Trip Hop
Massive Attack, Daydreaming mp3Daydreaming
1990
  • Trip Hop
  • UK Hip Hop

EP

Massive Attack, Ritual Spirit mp3Ritual Spirit
2016
  • UK Hip Hop
  • Trip Hop
  • 2-Step

Compilation albums

Massive Attack, Collected mp3Collected
Massive Attack forged a unique path amidst the debris of house and rave culture. Collected features all their key tracks and new single. This edition includes a bonus disc featuring additional new tracks, un-released material, rarities and remixes
2006
  • Downtempo
  • Trip Hop

Lives

Massive Attack, Albert Hall Live 1998 mp3Albert Hall Live 1998
1998
  • Ambient
  • Downtempo
  • Dub
  • Electronic
  • Trip Hop
  • UK Hip Hop