As the genesis point of the trip-hop movement, Massive Attack originated the genre’s hypnotic sound: a darkly sensual and cinematic fusion of hip-hop rhythms, soulful melodies, dub grooves, and choice samples. The group created some of the most influential and trend-setting sounds of their era with the groundbreaking albums Protection (1994) and Mezzanine (1998), informing decades’ worth of acclaimed artists including Portishead, Beth Orton, Radiohead, TV on the Radio, and Tricky, a Massive Attack alumnus. Massive Attack’s roots date back to 1983 and the formation of the Wild Bunch, one of the most successful sound system/DJ collectives to arrive on the early-’80s U.K. music scene. Renowned for their seamless integration of a wide range of musical styles, from punk to reggae to R&B, the group’s parties quickly became can’t-miss events for the Bristol club crowd, and at the peak of their popularity they drew enormous crowds with their shape-shifting sets.Massive Attack have donated £10,000 to The Bristol Food Union’s crowdfunding campaign, which aims to provide free meals to NHS staff and other frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The legendary Bristrolian band helped the union of restaurateurs, farmers and growers smash its target of £20,000 for the Feed The Frontline campaign. “The Bristol restaurant community want to make sure that all frontline workers delivering long and difficult hours don’t have to worry about cooking healthy, nutritious meals for themselves or their families” the union’s JustGiving page reads.
“While our restaurants are closed, we have created secure production kitchens around Bristol. Each day we will cook as many meals as we can afford and make them available to frontline staff completely free of charge.”
You can still donate to Feed The Frontline here.
Massive Attack were scheduled to headline this year’s All Points East festival in London. The festival has since been postponed due to coronavirus.