It is not really news to anyone that the music of Massive Attack has aged impressively well. The band has been touring every now and then in the last few years with their thought provoking and highly political visuals while they’re massaging their powerful triphop basses into our temples and they’re constantly showcasing befriended artists – most recently Young Fathers who enrich their sound. But the absolute highlights of these shows were songs that are 20 years old. “Teardrop” for example unfolds itself in just a few seconds into the song. Or the groovy, dark yet nightmarish seeming “Inertia Creeps” – which was a definite statement that Massive Attack moved on from the melancholic jazz inspired sound of the first two records to a journey into the darkness.
That’s exactly why “Mezzanine”, released in April 1998, is an absolute masterpiece that still feels dark and menacing yet it is timeless and sits well in between modern electronic music. We think it’s a brilliant idea that Massive Attack will play the album in it’s entirety, not just the hits but also atmospheric slow-burner such as “Black Milk”, “Dissolved Girl” or Group Four”.