As previously reported, November 11 sees the first ever vinyl reissue of Massive Attack’s 1998 classic Mezzanine.
The reissue, which will usurp the smattering of bootleg versions that have popped up in recent years, will follow the release of Massive Attack co-founder Robert ’3D’ Del Naja’s new book, 3D and the Art of Massive Attack, which documents the striking visual aesthetic the group honed on artwork like the bold sleeve of Mezzanine. 3D has also announced a new limited edition 12″, 3D On Jupiter, featuring remixes of Congolese musician and Okwess International lynchpin Jupiter Bokonjdi.
It seems that may only be half the story, however. Speaking to Clash, Massive Attack’s 3D explains that the group are “working with various people at the moment, so nothing I can really go into. I’ve done a few things for the Battle Box label, with Jupiter Bokonjdi – a Congolese artist – and a couple of pieces with Guy Garvey.” On top of that, the group recently uncovered Mad Professor’s 1998 dub version of Mezzanine – recorded and planned for release at the time, but ultimately shelved – and “might put that out [too].”
Earlier this year FACT’s Arron Merrat conducted a fascinating interview with filmmaker Adam Curtis, who worked with Massive Attack on an immersive and deeply political multimedia production as part of Manchester International Festival.