At one level, I’ll always associate Massive Attack with the Gulf War…

Back in 1992, when they released their first album Blue Lines, they had to (briefly) shorten their name to Massive as Radio 1 didn’t want to people to confuse their name with updates from Kuwait. Can’t imagine radio having that kind of sway, anymore…

Still, nearly 20 years on (and seven years since ‘100th Window’), it’s great to hear some new stuff, on an album named after a German archipelago. They might not be the force they once were, but Heligoland is a slow burner with stand out tracks including the slow, rippling energy of ‘Girl I Love You’ featuring ‘Angel’ vocalist Horace Andy, and ‘Paradise Circus’ with Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval. The video to which is definitely NSFW as it contains graphic 1970s porn footage and features 73-year-old actress Georgina Spelvin (who starred in the 1973 flick The Devil In Miss Jones) talking about her past experiences…

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