Last week, Bristol trip-hop godfathers Massive Attack dropped their new iPhone app Fantom, which included four brand-new tracks. As it turns out, those tracks make up the whole of Ritual Spirit, the new surprise EP that the group released this morning. The EP includes one collaboration with their old co-conspirator Tricky, as well as tracks that feature their stylistic descendants Roots Manuva and Young Fathers. And they’ve also made a video for “Take It There,” the track that features Tricky. On the song, Tricky and Massive Attack’s 3D trade rhymes over a mournful, ringing piano. And in the Hiro Murai-directed video, Deadwood/Winter’s Bone actor John Hawkes plays a lone figure staggering through ominous, deserted city streets at night, sometimes flanked by mysterious dancers. It’s a cool video, and the EP, on first listen, sounds like a real return to form for the group. Below, watch the video and, if you’ve got Spotify, stream the EP.
The Ritual Spirit EP is out now on the group’s own Melankolic label.