I’m not quite sure why Massive Attack chose to hide the light of ‘Pray for rain’ under the bushel of ‘Splitting the atom’; both seem to be state of the world addresses, but the lead track is understated even by Massive’s laidback standards. Musically, ‘Pray for rain’ is something else, a looping, better-late-than-never millennial lament with a silver lining of hope. Cross the brooding presence of New Order’s ‘In a lonely place’ with the majestically reflective moods of Palm Skin Productions’ ‘The sunlight on the garden’ and you arrive somewhere close by. Featuring a near-perfect vocal from Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio, whose records have never quite managed to do for me what this does, ‘Pray for rain’ is also a reminder of Massive’s genius for bringing out the best in their contributors.
Always a pleasure to hear long-time Massive associate Horace Andy, as we do on ‘Splitting the atom’. His collaboration with Alpha, Two phazed people – no less than eight years in the making – has finally been released. Often over the years the sweet to Massive’s sour, Alpha are well-placed to frame that angelic voice.
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