Trip-hop is such a crap name for what Massive Attack were doing in the early and mid 90s. There's not a lot that is trippy about what they were doing. It was just good, soulful music that used interesting samples, dark beats and some skunked-out vocals. Everyone had a copy of "Blue Lines". It's still their best album. Their song "Unfinished Sympathy" was remarkable and to this day still features on the top of people's "Best Songs Of All Time" lists. How about this version from Tina Turner?
The Mad Professor produced a remix album of "Protection", their second album. He called it "No Protection" and it was a dubbed reggae mix with possibly the worst album cover in history. It was a good listen, though.
And now we have a mixtape version that combines a lot of the songs that were sampled or covered in their first three albums. This mix comes from DJ Hudson who has a nice little blog with a lot of great listening. It's a lovely mix, especially if you are a fan of Massive Attack. It's a trainspotter's dream. See how many samples you can recognise.
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