Much like the recent Nas track, we have yet another remix by Massive Attack seemingly out of nowhere onto Soundcloud and with not an awful lot of info concerning it (frustratingly). This time out its what appears to be a cover of The XX track “Crystalised” from their 2009 self-titled album. Their new album, coincidentally (or not) is out next week.
It's a bit confusing as there's quite a few names involved with this cover version/remix and the crediting is somewhat on the vague side. We've got Martina Topley-Bird (also producing) and Mark Lanegan on vocals along with Warpaint (in what capacity, I am still unsure about). Massive Attack seem to only be remixing. No hint either of any kind of proper release. So, just like the Nas track then, in that regard.
Massive Attack for this remix is 3D and Euan Dickinson, whose been their studio engineer since 2005 but I guess now that Neil Davidge has left/on hiatus, Euan's production role seems to have grown alongside Tim Goldsworthy's that is. Daddy G seems to be too busy partaking in charity football games at the moment to be in the studio, but I'll give him that one, as it was for a good cause.
It will be interesting to see where (or if?) this recent batch of remix work is leading to in regards new Massive Attack material. Unfortunately I've have'nt been keen on any of the remixes released this year to be completely honest. Hopefully that's a case of working themselves back up with a few quickie remixes before tackling anything too substantial, like the next album. Even though, lets face it that's still a long time away, knowing Massive Attack, so plenty of time to get there yet.