The EP hosts collaborations Young Fathers, Algiers and Saul Williams.
By Bubba Krishnamurti
English electronic pioneers Massive Attack have released a new EP, Eutopia. This is their first release since 2016’s Ritual Spirit. The EP features collaborations with Scottish trio Young Fathers, Atlanta band Algiers and spoken word poet/musical artist Saul Williams. The record joins the ranks of other releases created by artists under quarantine. The EP is accompanied by a chain of AI-generated visuals by German artist Mario Klingemann.
Eutopia, ostensibly a composite of ‘Europe’ and ‘Utopia’, is heavy on current world issues as one could imagine a massive Attack record made under lockdown would be. Features include spoken-word from Universal Basic Income founder Professor Guy Standing, Paris Climate Accord author Christiana Figueres, and US “Wealth Tax” policy innovator Professor Gabriel Zucman.
Massive Attack released a statement expanding on the origins of a record born in pandemic: “Lockdown exposed the best aspects and worst flaws of humanity. That period of uncertainty and anxiety forced us to meditate on the obvious need to change the damaging systems we live by. By working with three experts, we’ve created a sonic and visual dialogue around these global, structural issues; taking the form of climate emergency, tax haven extraction and Universal Basic Income. The spirit of this EP, its elements and ideas have nothing to do with naïve notions of an ideal, perfect world, and everything to do with the urgent & practical need to build something better. In this sense, Eutopia is the opposite of spelling mistake.”
Head to Massive Attack’s Instagram page to listen to the new tunes and watch the visuals.