Massive Attack’s new album ‘in a state of flux’

Bristol band admit they've already scrapped two versions of 'LP5'

Massive Attack‘s Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja has admitted that the band’s new album, rumoured to be called ‘LP5’, is still some way off completion.

Del Naja revealed that the band have already scrapped two versions of the album, which is the follow up to 2003’s ‘100 Windows’, and said that the new album is currently “in a kind of state of flux”.

Defending the long gestation period the album has had, Del Naja told the Guardian that the band have not been resting on their laurels.

“I work really hard,” he stated. “I’m dividing my time between being here [in the band’s studio], painting in the garage next to my house, trying to finish the sleeve, then we’ve got rehearsals over at Bath. Average day, I work from about 11, 12, ’til about 10 at night.”

Conversely, bandmate Grant ‘Daddy G’ Marshall told to that the band “have about 10 tracks we’ve mixed or are mixing right now” for the album, before confirming that Damon Albarn, Elbow‘s Guy Garvey and Martina Topley-Bird are all set to appear, with Garvey involved in a number of songs.

“[Garvey’s] working on four tracks on that one. Martina Topley-Bird‘s worked with us on two tracks and Damon Albarn worked on at least one,” Marshall revealed.

Marshall went on to say that Massive Attack are considering releasing the stems of some of the tracks online, enabling fans to remix their own versions.

“An album is a big concept to take in and now people want more than the playlist you give them, they want to make their own playlist. People expect more than 45 minutes of music. So, maybe we’ll give them [the songs] away and they can make their own compilation of the tracks that we have,” Marshall explained.

“That was the thing that we’re talking about. We’re working with about 22 tracks from the studio and we’d love for people to remix them. I think more bands should do that with their fans.”

Massive Attack are due to headline Bestival tonight (September 11). The band release a new EP, ‘Splitting The Atom’, on October 5.

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