Massive Attack have announced details of their new album, a major UK tour and a new single. The album, ‘Mezzanine’, is out on April 13 and is followed by a single, ‘Tear Drop’, on April 27, which features the vocals of Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser. The single has been remixed by Primal Scream, Trevor Jackson and the Mad Professor. Fraser also sings on two more tracks on ‘Mezzanine’, ‘Black Milk’ and ‘Group Four’. Other vocalists on the album include Horace Andy – who sings on ‘Angel’, ‘Exchange’ and ‘Man Next Door’ – Sara Jay, who toured with Massive Attack last year, and core band members Grant Marshall and Robert Del Naja.
Other tracks on the album, which was recorded at the band’s Christchurch studio, include last year’s hit single ‘Risingson’, the title track and ‘Inertia Creeps’. A spokeswoman for the band said ‘Risingson’ was far more indicative of the album’s sound than previous hits such as ‘Protection’. She said: “It’s much darker and a lot more layered. It’s a lot less polished than ‘Protection’. But it is amazing.”
Fraser, who lives in Bristol, became involved in the project through mutual friends. ‘They wanted her for the last album, but it didn’t happen, but they approached her again for this one and she was well up for it,’ the spokeswoman explained.
The band take to the road for a UK tour, starting at Glasgow Barrowlands (April 18), Leeds Town & Country (19), Manchester Apollo (20), Southampton Guild Hall (22), London Shepherd’s Bush Empire (23), London Brixton Academy (24), Cambridge Corn Exchange (25), Gloucester Leisure Centre (27), Nottingham Rock City (28) and Wolverhampton Civic Hall (29). Support has yet to be confirmed. Tickets from rescheduled dates, postponed from last year, are still valid. Ticket holders should contact the relevant venue for more information.