Future Music Pioneers: Massive Attack

Posted By on January 7, 2016


In Future Music Pioneers: Massive Attack we look at the crew that was born on the streets, and in the warehouses of Bristol in the UK (very close to where I was born).

Massive Attack are an English trip hop group formed in 1988 in Bristol, consisting of Robert “3D” Del Naja, Adrian “Tricky” Thaws, and Grant “Daddy G” Marshall. Their debut album Blue Lines was released in 1991, with the single “Unfinished Sympathy” reaching the charts and later being voted the 63rd greatest song of all time in a poll by NME. 1998’s Mezzanine, containing “Teardrop”, and 2003’s 100th Window charted in the UK at number 1. Both Blue Lines and Mezzanine feature in Rolling Stone ’​s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

While being steeped in the history of Isaac Hayes and early hip hop and b-boy scenes, Massive Attack have alway searched out the alternative soul within music and tapped into how cities and the people that dwell there think and work. They clash cultures and change the musical landscape.

Unfinished Sympathy


Karmacoma – Almamegretta

Sounds Of The West – Straight Outa Bristol (Wild Bunch/Massive Attack/Tricky/Postishead)

VNA Magazine’s Interview With Massive Attack’s 3D

Massive Attack Documentary

Massive Attack – BBC Radio Essential Mix


Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.



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