Moody broody UK trip-hop icons Massive Attack are on their way back with a four-song EP this October, featuring some highly promising vocal cameos including turns from TVOTR’s Tunde Adibempe, Elbow dude Guy Garvey, and Martina Topley Bird. It’s called Splitting The Atom, that’s its artwork, and this is its title track, which premiered last night on Zane Lowe BBC show. “Splitting” features some guest singing from Horace Andy on a sinister, chilly tune that sounds like Gorillaz gone creepy as fuck.

The Splitting The Atom EP is out 10/5 via Virgin. Here’s the tracklist:

01 “Splitting The Atom” (Feat. The 3D, Daddy G, and Horace Andy)
02 “Pray For Rain” (Feat. Tunde Adebimpe)
03 “Psyche (Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid Remix)” (Feat. Martina Topley Bird)
04 “Bulletproof Love (Christoff Berg Remix)” (Feat. Guy Garvey)

To be clear, those remixes are new songs as well; their original instances are expected to appear on the forthcoming Massive Attack full-length(!) expected in February. Speaking of Gorillaz, Damon Albarn’s reportedly on it, and you can be sure there’ll be a slew more notable cameos. Keep you posted.

Comments (29)
  1. “Speaking of Gorillaz, Damon Albarn’s reportedly on it, and you can be sure there’ll be a slew more notable cameos”

    Isn’t Damon Albarn the creator of Gorillaz?

    Also, can somebody tell me why the album art is uncannily similar to the UNKLE album cover?
    Interesting song, though. Feels like I’m back in the early 00′s. And the new Gorillaz songs are brilliant… Are we seeing a trip-hop (but not trip-hop because they hate being referred to as) comeback, anyone?

    • D’oh, my bad on the Gorillaz comment.

    • I remember reading that Massive Attack did some sort of tribute to the UNKLE artwork, which makes me think that this may not actually be the artwork. Either that or they chose the tribute for their own artwork too.
      Not a band song, but more excited for the Tunde Adebimpe collaboration.

    • The cover of UNKLE – War Stories and subsequent singles were done by 2D (the lead singer of massive attack)

  2. Sam  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 0

    that picture in the player just ruined the song for me.

  3. fat  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 0

    are they trying to sound like tom waits on purpose?

  4. Simba  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 0

    fucking great song!

    And no they’re not “trying to sound like tom waits.” Dumbest shit I’ve ever heard. That’s Daddy G singing and that’s his natural voice. It’s very deep and rough. He’s always sounded that way.

    How can anyone be so ignorant of such a legendary group? “Mezzanine” is essential listening for pretty much any music fan, and definetely one of the greatest albums of the 90s. If you had heard it, you would know Daddy G’s voice. If you haven’t heard it, well…you had better fix that. That’s like not knowing “Loveless” or “OK Computer” of “Endtroducing” or “The Chronic.” It’s a fucking classic.

    Their last album was pretty average (especially held up next to Mezzanine), but this next one is starting to sound quite amazing. It might be a big return, not unlike Portishead’s last year.

    • I very well agree with all that you said in your comment there except for this little part you said at the end: “…not unlike Portishead’s last year.”

      Portishead released the best if not, one of the best albums of 2008.

      • keith  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 0

        read that comment again, and you’ll realize that you agree with the whole thing.

      • Simba  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 0

        I think you must have misunderstood me. I said “it might be a big return, NOT unlike Portishead.” Which means it WILL be like Portishead. My fault for wording it in such a poor way.

    • tommy  |   Posted on Aug 27th, 2009 0

      It’s you who seem a little ignorant at the respect, Simba.
      Some years ago, between mezzanine and 100th window, Tom Waits was going to collaborate in the new Massive Attack album, in fact it was defined as a Massive Attack/Tom Waits new album, but things didn’t turned out finally. Daddy G went on hiatus and, as you will know by now, 3D created a 100th window mostly on his own.

      So it’s not that weird that this song sounds like Tom Waits, not only the voice, but the vibe.

    • rote  |   Posted on Aug 27th, 2009 0

      i actually think that if you really listen to the arrangement (NOT the vocals) this does sort of sound like a tom waits track.

  5. Jamil  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 0

    If the artwork seems similar to UNKLE’s “War Stories” it’s because it’s by the same artist, who also happens to be a member of Massive Attack, Robert Del Naja a.k.a. 3D.

  6. Marcus  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 0

    Simba used a double negative, “not unlike Portishead” which means he thinks Portishead is the shit too and thought their return was one of the best of last year.

  7. Marcus  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 0

    That being said, this song is sick as shit and has an amazing atmosphere. Repeated listens are essential.

    And Simba is perfectly correct: Mezzanine is up there with OK Computer and all the others mentioned. A classic.

  8. Blackdove24  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2009 0

    Wow, 3D is really looking different these days.

  9. JB  |   Posted on Aug 27th, 2009 0

    man, I hope trip-hop makes a little comeback. Oddly enough, I have been just naturally listening to a lot of trip hop lately, it’s great for so many moods/vibes…I even found myself craving to hear Tricky’s Blow Back album the other day. I would say Bat For Lashes is even a little trip-hoppy, and that’s a great album too…bring it on’ back y’all—

  10. DavidDR  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    Portishead is one of my favorite bands. But even I have to admit their last release blew. They struggled to make that album. Funny how so many folks like to pretend how much they love esoteric albums. All these critics/fans talking about how great it was. What horseshit. You know they never listened to that album more than once. (Oh, by the way, this Massive Attack track is sweet.)

    • mahtma  |   Posted on Aug 31st, 2009 0

      I’ve listened to Third close to 100 times in the past year. My favorite release of this millennium. If you think it’s difficult, well… maybe you should listen to more music and broaden your horizons. But way to go on making a judgement call on those whose listening habits extend past the “hits”.

  11. bonzo barry  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    totally rubbish tune beat whatever

    sounds like its over for them

  12. Dave P.  |   Posted on Aug 28th, 2009 0

    My vote for the WORST thing I’ve ever heard out of Massive Attack! A one-note riff that wears out it’s welcome after two minutes – but unfortunately, there’s almost 5 minutes to go! This is all they could come up with in SIX YEARS?! No wonder the album has taken so long to complete. What a disappointment!

  13. Josh T  |   Posted on Aug 31st, 2009 0

    I’m pretty underwhelmed by this track… it’s dense and dark but I don’t get much from it at all. Sadly I think MA peaked about half-way through Mezzanine but I’m still curious about the new album of coruse

  14. good to hear the Massive Attack’s coming back! i don’t know about the Tom Wait-ish vocals on this track but i’m curious now to hear their other stuff.

  15. drummer1  |   Posted on Sep 1st, 2009 0

    Jesussss………..Does this guy consider himself a musician? How in the fuck does he get a main stage gig anywhere???? Please promote talent………………..

  16. something of a thought  |   Posted on Sep 8th, 2009 0

    I think its a nice turn for them. Like they’re not trying to prove anything. Just walking around town style. As for reminding me of something… it puts me in the mind of LEONARD COHEN’s “dance me till the end of love”. top vibe!

  17. CLARISSE  |   Posted on Sep 21st, 2009 0

    more like leonard cohen than tom waits imho. but less interesting. loved the new songs on the 08 tour with yolanda quartey and stephanie dosen, but last night at brixton it was really dull, new songs didnt inspire at all sadly. the bar only emptied when unfinished sympathy came on. how can they take so long to just loop one sequence for 5 mins and put some lame vocals on top. big shame. they should stop looking for ‘name’ talents like albarn and stick with people who are hungry and who have energy to bring to the table. oh well..

  18. Thank you Massive, theres still some innovation out there…..


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