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Young Fathers pictured in Massive Attack's Bristol studio in 2015.

Development

UK Release: 28th January (Ritual Spirit EP)

UK Highest Chart (Ritual Spirit EP): #2

Track Duration: 04:01

Formats: CD, Vinyl, Digital. View Discography Entry.

Written By: Robert Del Naja, Euan Dickinson and The Young Fathers

Produced By: Robert Del Naja and Euan Dickinson

Vocals: The Young Fathers

Promo Video Directed By: Ringan Ledwidge

Video Producer: Rattling Stick

Filming Location: Edgware Road Station, London, UK

Video Duration: 05:21

After expressing interest in Young Fathers's music after their 2014 Mercury Award, 3D contacted the Edinburgh based hip hop band with an aim to collocate together, which ultimately led to the creation of the Voodoo In My Blood track and Young Fathers joining Massive Attack as chief supporting band on their 2016 tour.

Additional Info

Jeff Wootoon, a session guitarist most closely associated with the band Gorillaz, and electronic music producer Kidkanevil helped provide guitar and additional programming respectively to Voodoo In My Blood, even though they are not credited on the Ritual Spirit EP credits.

The studio sessions with Young Fathers also produced one other known track besides Voodoo In My Blood - He Says He Needs Me which was played live on the 2016 tour and was first debuted in December 2015 as part of the soundtrack to a Mark Donne directed video titled "The Party Is Over", which was produced for the COP21 event in Paris that same month.

The Ritual Spirit EP (which Voodoo In My Blood appears on) marks the first major release to bear the Massive Attack name to feature Euan Dickinson, who had previously worked as a studio engineer/programmer before being promoted to co-producer/writer alongside 3D when Neil Davidge left the band.  Daddy G by contrast, much liek he did with 100th Window, did not take part in the Ritual Spirit EP sessions.

Live Appearances

Voodoo In My Blood being performed on 2016 tour. During the performance the LED screen would flash airplane timetables from the nearest airport to each show.

Voodoo In My Blood received its live debut on the 19th January 2016 at Dublin's Olympia Theatre, which was the kickoff date of Massive Attack's 2016 tour to promote the release of the Ritual Spirit EP. The track would go on to be featured on all subsequent dates of the 2016 tour typically being performed towards the end of each show as the third of fourth last track of the setlist. As on the record, Young Fathers performed the live vocals on all of these dates. They were also the support act for all dates of the 2016 tour as well.

Notable Quotes

Gorillaz guitarist Jeff Wootoon pictured with 3D in Massive Attack's studio in May 2015. Jeff played guitar on Voodoo In My Blood.

Mushroom on Angel – “I like the simplicity of it. You see, I’ve always liked the earlier albums and the elements in that and Angel really takes me back to things on Protection and Blue Lines” [Mezzanine Interview Disc – March 1998]

3D on the meaning behind Angel – “As with many of the tracks [on Mezzanine], it deals with relationships: what you expect from a woman and what you actually get back” [Vox Magazine – May 1998]

3D on the initial recording of Angel – “In the space of four hours we stripped all the music away, wrote loads of stuff around it, keeping some of the old melody, putting in Horaces’ new melodies, taking the Sex Gang sample away, halving the tempo and adding new words” [Q Magazine – January 1999]

Lyrics

Voodoo. Blood. Slip.
Blood take I'm chillin'
Chill me got the soul of a mimic
It's not quite right, you must be silly
Smiles on the walls always grinning
Come in to my time and see me
Suck it to me suck it to me timid
I'm yours I'm yours
Why does the blood never stick to your teeth
Momma stop giving me grief
Why does the blood always stick to your teeth
Momma stop giving me grief

Barely barely grieving
Keep the front door open
Wipe that cheeky grin and come on down
Barely barely grieving
Keep the front door open
Wipe that cheeky grin and come on down

Voodoo. Blood. Slip.
Blood take I'm chillin'
Chill me got the soul of a mimic
It's not quite right, you must be silly
Smiles on the walls always grinning
Come in to my time and see me
Suck it to me suck it to me timid
I'm yours I'm yours
Why does the blood never stick to your teeth
Momma stop giving me grief
Why does the blood always stick to your teeth
Momma stop giving me grief
Why does the blood always stick to your teeth
Momma stop giving me grief
Why does the blood always stick to your teeth
Momma stop giving me grief

Barely barely grieving
Keep the front door open
Wipe that cheeky grin and come on down
Barely barely grieving
Keep the front door open
Wipe that cheeky grin and come on down

Promo Video

Hollywood actress Rosemund Pike in the promo video for Voodoo In My Blood.

The production company behind the video for Voodoo In My Blood was Rattling Stick, who had previosuly helped produce the video for Battle Box 003 (a side project of Robert Del Naja's).

The director of the video, Ringan Ledwidge, choose for chief inspiration the possession scene from the aptly named 1981 film "Possession", when directing the Oscar nominated actress Rosemund Pike. The floating mechanical ball featured in the video was inspired by 1979 horror/scifi film "Phantasm", which featured similar ghostly balls controlling helpless people's bodies.

The location for the shoot, the Joe Strummer underpass at Edgeware Road station in London, was chosen for the unique scheme of its walls (bright yellow and orange) and filmed in a style to effort to recall the horror films of the 1970's.

Rosemund Pike rehearsed for several days prior to filming with National Theatre choreographer Scarlett Mackmin to perfect her movements for the video. The walls of the underground station were padded with foam to cushion Rosemund Pike's collision as she gets propelled against them violently during the video.

Quotes About The Video

A still from the 1981 horror film Possession, which served as chief inspiration for the video for Voodoo In My Blood, where in both a  woman gets taken over by an invisible force in an abandoned underground station

A still from the 1981 horror film Possession, which served as chief inspiration for the video for Voodoo In My Blood, where in both a  woman gets taken over by an invisible force in an abandoned underground station

3D introducing Young Fathers on stage throughout the 2016 tour  – “The best band in the world right now. They are the future.” [Throughout 2016 Tour]

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