Massive Attack are back from the dead with their new album, Heligoland, seven years since 100th Window, this time however without contribution from Andy Vowles. Still, being the consumate collaborators that they are, the current duo of Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall have assembled a criminal line up of names itching to dip their hands into the Attack’s pot of gold.
One such lovechild is the Martina Topley-Bird collaboration, “Babel”, that features her signature precocious vocal style which almost sounds like she’s whispering right into your ear, sucking you into a swirling vortex of break beats and lullaby-esque organ sounds. There is confusion here, and a clash of motifs within the arrangements that somehow reveal the fragile structure behind the heights this odd ditty can send you to. – brian