Vocalist Robert '3-D' Del Naja says they have "about 20 versions" of each track they want to feature on the LP...

The long awaited new album from Massive Attack is going through yet another “transitional period”, group member 3-D has told NME.

Speaking to NME.COM last year, Robert ‘3-D’ Del Naja said that the group hoped to be mixing the record by the start of 2002.

However, speaking in the new issue of NME, the vocalist said they still have “about 20 versions” of each track they want to feature on the follow-up to ’98s ‘Mezzanine’, leaving the group “scratching our heads”.

He said: “(The album) is basically going through another transitional period. We’ve got about 20 versions of each track on the album and all of them have got something great about them but none of them would work together, so we’re sitting there scratching our heads. “

3-D said the as-yet-untitled record, due for release in autumn, has been through “three or four” such transitions, and is currently “quite mystical, quite trippy, more psychedelic” than their previous three efforts.

For more, and a full preview of 2002, see this week’s NME, which is out in London now, and nationwide tomorrow (January 9).