Bristol trip-hop legends Massive Attack are taking their show on the road. Today the outfit announced a handful of dates for their upcoming Mezzanine XX1 tour featuring Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins with visuals by Robert Del Naja. The multi-city jaunt (dates can be found here) is in honor of the 21st anniversary of the group’s seminal album, Mezzanine, which Fraser appears on.
Robert Del Naja says of the tour: “It’s going to be a one off piece of work; our own personalized nostalgia nightmare head trip.”
In addition to the tour, the band have issued a remastered version of their aforementioned seminal 1998 third album. The special edition features eight previously unheard Mad Professor remixes from the original 1998 sessions on three slabs of colored vinyl. This specially designed heat-sensitive box includes a book featuring exclusive images by Nick Knight and Del Naja. The package will also be available on 2CD deluxe and digital.
A year before its 25th anniversary Vanessa Dao’s much heralded debut solo album, Zipless, will finally be issued on vinyl via Daou’s DRKR Records imprint in association with KID Recordings. The ten-track downtempo full-length was originally released in 1994 on Krasnow Entertainment/MCA.
Zipless: Songs from the Works of Erica Jong took its name from Erica Jong’s 1973 best-selling novel Fear of Flying. Vanessa was married to Jong’s nephew, Peter Daou, for 12 years. In the early ’90s, they helmed dance group The Daou and worked together until they divorced.
The full-length traipsed around the outskirts of house music, blending elements of acid jazz and spoken word on sultry tracks like “Sunday Afternoons” and “Near the Black Forest.”
Jong welcomed the news of Zipless‘s release on vinyl. “Releasing Zipless on vinyl is like releasing imagination to a whole new generation. We always presume that technology must be the latest in innovation, but sometimes we are fortunate to be re-introduced to familiar, and still relevant, forms of entertainment that might have been sidelined along the way.”
Pre-orders of the remastered, limited- edition 180gm black vinyl LP can be made here.
Jennifer Washington and Kristian Hill, an ambitious team of Motor city filmmakers, has established a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 to finish production on God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines: The Story of Detroit Techno, a documentary that tells the story of Detroit techno stars Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Eddie Fowlkes, Blake Baxter, and Santonio Echols.
The film’s narrative is focused around how these artists pioneered DJ culture and a musical style in the ’80s that blossomed into a global business that “betrayed them.” The producers wrote the following about their campaign:
We’ve been documenting the lives of the founding fathers of Techno music in the States and abroad for over the past 7 years. They are Detroit’s best kept secret as they have been quietly exporting their products and services to audiences all over the world for the past 30 years. The stars of this film are considered gods overseas, but fail to get the same recognition here at home. They’re the “hidden figures” of the $7.1 billion dollar industry of Electronic Dance Music, which is now led by the list of Forbes’ cash kings like: Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and deadmau5 to name a few. Most people nowadays have no idea that Techno has Detroit origins or that black people have anything to do with this music.
It has been our personal mission to set the record straight by producing a documentary feature film to bring this important but overlooked part of black history to mainstream audiences. Until now, this has been an independent venture. But, now we need everyone’s help.
Contributions will help Washington and Hill finish the film and complete music clearance. Donations can be made here.
Good news! Legendary DJ/producer house music David Morales has been released without charge after he was arrested on Oct. 7 at Fukuoka Airport in Japan on suspicion of smuggling 0.3 grams of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy (MDMA).
Morales’ team issued the following statement: “We’re delighted to confirm that David Morales has been released without charge. David is well and has asked that we pass on his love and gratitude to all those who have shown their support. We will not be making any further comment, and request that David and his family’s privacy be respected at this time.”
Morales was visiting Japan to play Sound Museum Vision, an event in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, on Oct. 7. His set was canceled as a result of his arrest.
Japan has extremely strict drug laws. In 1980, Paul McCartney was imprisoned for nine days and nearly sentenced to seven years in jail for possessing half a pound of marijuana.