Mezzanine @ 20
Mezzanine will be 20 years old this year in April. An album that has driven a lot of people through this uncertain era between the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the years 2000s...
A masterpiece of sound-merging and incredibly sensual darkness, perfectly fusing timelessness into a defining turning-point. A key moment in modern music and THE key chapter of this book!
Book coming out for its 20th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of the band. I would have wanted to plan it, I would not have been able to programme it so well. "There is no such thing as chance", they say...
On Mezzanine, Massive Attack tried to escape trip-hop. They nearly tore themselves apart and made its defining document instead.
“Trip-hop” eventually became a ’90s punchline, a music-press shorthand for “overhyped hotel lounge music.” But today, the much-maligned subgenre almost feels like a secret precedent. Listen to any of the canonical Bristol-scene albums of the mid-late ’90s, when the genre was starting to chafe against its boundaries, and you’d think the claustrophobic, anxious 21st century started a few years ahead of schedule. Looked at from the right angle, trip-hop is part of an unbroken chain that runs from the abrasion of ’80s post-punk to the ruminative pop-R&B-dance fusion of the moment.