As NME.COM prepares to make a brand new track by the duo available, the duo tell all about the follow-up to 'Mezzanine'...

MASSIVE ATTACK are developing 15 new tracks for their highly anticipated new album, due out in Summer 2001.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM last week, Robert ‘3-D’ Del Naja explained how making the follow-up to 1998?s ‘Mezzanine’ had been affected by Andrew ‘Mushroom’ Vowles’ decision to quit the group last year.

He said: “It’s kind of weird, because obviously after working with someone for so long, it’s going to be different. You miss someone after working with them for so long, you miss the dimension they bring to it, but also what you’re getting out of that, you’ve got to put yourself into new areas yourself, which is good because you explore yourself personally.”

Massive began work on their new album in Barbados at the start of the year but since then have been recording the majority of it in their own Bristol studio. New tracks slated to be included on the still-untitled album include ‘The Nature Of Threat’, ‘Antistar’ and ‘Aftersun’.

For a full interview with 3-D, see this week’s NME, out in London today (November 7) and nationwide from tomorrow (November 8).

As reported yesterday, Massive Attack are to make ‘The Nature Of The Threat’ exclusively available via NME.COM from tomorrow (November 8).

The track will form part of a Massive Attack web-wheel, which will be set up in conjunction with a number of other websites, including the Red Cross website,


and the Photographer’s Gallery,

The other websites will have other, rare tracks such as B-sides and remixes but only NME.COM will have the group’s first new material since ‘Mezzanine’. The web-wheel will be visible until November 22.

In addition to the track, 3-D and Daddy G are confirmed to take part in a webchat on November 17.

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Both events coincide with the release of a new book by 3-D called ‘Fitting In’. The book features images and paintings from the past 10 years as well as pieces never before seen. Only 50 books will be made available to the public with the proceeds going to the Red Cross.