Massive Attack’s new full-length release is coming in a few months, and this EP is the ultimate teaser. Each of the four tracks on Splitting the Atom features unique vocal contributions from the likes of Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), longtime contributor Horace Andy, Martina Topley Bird (Tricky), and Guy Garvey (Elbow). Two of the tracks are remixes that precurse the release of the actual album version, which makes this EP an even larger harbinger of anticipation. The songs are mighty fine, especially the title track – which sounds like Leonard Cohen fronting Gorillaz – and the woozy Christoff Berg remix of “Bulletproof Love,” where the music oozes under Garvey’s spooky vocals like a sludgy, electrified river. If this EP is any indication, Massive Attack’s new album is going to be well worth the lengthy wait.
Rating: 9.2 out of 10