Massive Attack - Protection (Vinyl)

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Protection is the second studio album by English electronic music group Massive Attack, released on 26 September 1994 by Wild Bunch Records and Circa. DJ Mad Professor remixed the album in 1995 under the name No Protection.

Like most of Massive Attack's albums, the music often defies categorisation, ranging from R&B (title track and "Sly") to hip hop/rap ("Karmacoma" and "Eurochild") to reggae-tinged synth-pop ("Spying Glass") to classical-influenced electronica instrumentals ("Weather Storm" and "Heat Miser"). The album follows Blue Lines structurally, to the point that the font used on the cover of the album is the same, Helvetica Heavy Italic. The album cover also nods to Blue Lines, revealing a futuristic, impenetrable wall behind a mostly-burned version of this previous album's artwork—implying that the depicted "flammable gas" had been ignited.

Tricky again appeared on the album, rapping on the tracks "Karmacoma" (whose video was directed by Jonathan Glazer, and which featured a sample from The KLF's "Dream Time in Lake Jackson" at the 2:00-minute mark) and "Eurochild" (which featured samples from Startled Insects' "Cheetah" and Liquid Liquid's "Lock Groove (In)").

Awesome chill time.


Trip-Hop pioneers Massive Attack tackle their sophomore effort by pacing themselves on Protection. They decide that they will need a female voice to be a major role in how the record, so they pick Glasgow solo singer Nicolette and Tracy Thorn of Everything But The Girl to appear on two tracks along with collaborator Horace Andy once again as well.

The result is a slower and lankier record. Abandoning the sounds of summer for the sounds of the sleazy snaky underground (Karmacoma). The band at least gushes more emotion on songs like Protection and Three. Horace Andy wheezes even heavier on songs like Spying Glass than he did on the debut record. It's still very distinct. Distinct enough to keep Massive Attack's sound predominantly out of the ordinary. What is even more unusual is the cover of The Doors Light My Fire. A dub heavy and minimalist take on the original. Don't think about it to hard and it becomes rather imaginative. Especially when you forget just how bare and stripped it is. Almost a completely acappella song for Horace Andy to shine on.

Protection is a very mature album for these guys. It's stranded in between the dark and rebellious Mezzanine and the optimistic Blue Lines. Smooth Jazz is what appears to be what captured the band's attention on this project. Take note of Weather Storm and even the seriously snazzy Better Things. This record almost sounds like it could have come out after Mezzanine because of how confident it sounds. These are technical approaches that sound more akin to seasoned producers rather than sophomore lads just kicking it. Bumpy but impressive nonetheless.

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Weather Storm
Spying Glass
Better Things
Euro Child
Heat Miser
Light My Fire (Live)

Artwork – Massive Attack, Michael / Nash Assoc.*
Engineer [Additional] – Al Stone, Jeremy "Jim Bob" Wheatley*
Engineer [Mix] – Mark "Spike" Stent* (tracks: A1 To B3)
Lacquer Cut By – Mike*
Mastered By – Mike Marsh
Photography By – Eddie Monsoon, Jean Batiste Mondino*, Matthew Donaldson
Producer, Mixed By – Nellee Hooper
Producer, Mixed By, Programmed By – Massive Attack
Programmed By – Andy Wright, Marius de Vries, Nick Warren, The Insects
Written-By – Vowles* (tracks: A1 to B4), Marshall* (tracks: A1 to B4), Del Naja* (tracks: A1 to B4)
Recorded at Wild Bunch Studios, London, UK and at Massive Attack and Antenne Studios, Bristol, UK.
All tracks mixed at Olympic Studios, London, UK, except "Eurochild" at Larrabee West, L.A., USA and "Light My Fire (Live)" at Wild Bunch Studios, London, UK.
Mastered at The Exchange.

"Weather Storm" contains the sample from "It's Time For Love" performed by Pieces Of A Dream.

"Better Things" contains the sample from "Never Can Say Goodbye" performed by James Brown.

"Light My Fire (Live)" contains the sample from "Light My Fire" performed by The Young Holt Trio.