Massive Attack will a release a new EP in November, entitled Atlas Air.
The EP marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Help album, to which Massive Attack – along with the likes of Oasis, Radiohead and The Stone Roses – contributed. As with Help, all proceeds from Atlas Air will go towards War Child and their efforts to change the lives of children living in war zones around the world.
Featured on the release: a Tim Goldsworthy remix of ‘Atlas Air’ (the original appeared on Massive’s recent Heligoland LP), a new track called ‘Redlight’, featuring vocals from Elbow’s Guy Garvey, and a remix of ‘Redlight’ by Clark. There is a also short film for Atlas Air by Edouard Salier.
The EP will be a limited edition 12” of 1000 numbered copies, crafted by The Vinyl Factory and with a cover painting by the band’s Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja. It will also be available digitally.
Massive Attack are also planning a special live show in London at the end of November in aid of War Child; more details expected soon.
“Massive Attack were key to Help and have been friends of War Child since,” says the charity’s Ben Knowles. “Their music was hugely important to the people of Bosnia through the underground radio stations and the band have been vocal over the last 15 years in giving a platform to important issues around the world. We’re delighted they again join us in re-affirming the amazing positive power of music to change the lives of young people in the world’s harshest war zones.”
Del Naja, who also contributed artwork to the inner sleeve of the original Help album, adds:
“The initial pitch to support War Child and Help wasn’t difficult: children are the innocent victims of war. We were quick to get involved. What’s so great about War Child is they continue to make great albums and events. It wasn’t a one-off, it’s an ongoing project and that can have an effect long-term.”