Good news for fans of trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack, who released a new EP, Ritual Spirit, last Friday. Featuring four tracks, the EP was written and produced by Massive Attack’s Robert del Naja and long-term studio collaborator Euan Dickinson and it marks their first new material since 2011’s Heligoland. Ritual Spirit also marks the return of friend and collaborator Tricky who features on the EP, as does Roots Manuva and Young Fathers. Ritual Spirit precedes another EP written and co-produced by Daddy G, due in the Spring, and a full-length album set to be released later in the year.
Coinciding with EP release, Massive Attack have unveiled a video for ‘Take It There’ featuring Tricky. Hiro Murai directs.
Massive Attack’s Ritual Spirit EP is out now via Virgin/EMI.
October 30th will see the release of Bleeds, the sixth full-length album from the mighty British rapper/producer Roots Manuva. The man already got us salivating throughout the year with a series of singles, including ‘One Thing’ and ‘Facety 2.11’, which are part of the album. ‘Don’t Breathe Out’ is the latest single taken from Bleeds. Manuva said this of the track:
“Lyrical rogue values in neo spiritual rare groove, re hash bash on the edge of the funk that made the soul, but seek to refine a modern approximation of “Gospel for the out of box thinkers” Let the funk forgive us for failing to work with the basic mechanism of “clap, sing, rap celebrate in the mutated shades of ragga funk, dub funk, techno funk future timeless travel on the lay lines of soul hip hop fascination.”
Now enjoy ‘Don’t Breathe Out’.
To celebrate the release, Roots Manuva will perform in London at Islington Assembly Rooms on November 5th.
Bleeds is now available to pre-order through Big Dada.
‘One Thing’ is the brand new single from the mighty British rapper/producer Roots Manuva, released last Friday via Big Dada. Here’s what the accompanying blurb says about the track:
“Revolving around control addiction to status: not for or against but simply a reflection of the mind state that creates one dimensional aspiration in the most unlikely places. But all with a warped sense of narrative in regards to not being a prisoner of merely my own experience.… Part poem, part proverb, semi theatre all condensed into 2mins plus of modern reconstruction of “Punk Attitude”.”
Stolen Youth, the new EP from Roots Manuva, drops in less than 2 weeks. We already heard the insanely good ‘Facety 2:11′, produced by Four Tet. Now the British rapper/producer is offering the B-side ‘Like a Drum’, produced by Machinedrum. Listen to it below and grab the EP when it’s out on May 4th via Ninja Tune/Big Dada.
British rapper/producer Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva is back with brand new material, following the 2013 Stolen Youth EP. In the works for two years, Facety takes its name from patois slang meaning someone is being rude. The single drops on May 4th via Ninja Tune/Big Dada and it will be available on 12″ and digitally. Facety features ‘Facety 2:11’ and it comes backed with B-side ‘Like a Drum’, produced by Machinedrum.
The man is offering a stream of the insanely good ‘Facety 2:11’, with Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet on production duties. Roots Manuva described the single as “a wee Spring warmer in voodoo coptic dialect shape shifting: the remit the same as ever in awakening one’s inner, modern-day Sun Ra, ODB and Kate Bush on an overdrive of “doing because we can’t help ourselves…’. Listen to ‘Facety 2:11’ now. On repeat.
A long time favourite here at Cast the Dice, Pevin Kinel is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and one man orchestra based in London, UK. Drawing influences from various musical genres, it's no surprise Pevin put together such an eclectic and diverse mixtape.