January saw the release of Massive Attack’s Ritual Spirit EP, the iconic Bristol group’s first release since their 2011 collaborations with Burial. Co-written and produced by the band’s Robert “3D” Del Naja and Euan Dickinson, Ritual Spirit shows that Massive Attack have lost none of their flair for tense songwriting and claustrophobic atmospheres — nor have they lost their talent for finding like-minded collaborators. “Take It There” starring John Hawkes sees 3D reunited with Tricky,“Voodoo In My Blood” proves Scottish trio Young Fathers to be perfect sparring partners, and title track “Ritual Spirit” sees the group joined by smoky-voiced East London singer Azekel.
The videos for all three of those tracks are centred around the rituals of dance. In “Take It There” the protagonist dances with his demons, while “Voodoo In My Blood” sees actor Rosamund Pike possessed into movement by an outside force. The new video for “Ritual Spirit”, directed by 3D, Dusan Reljin and Hilde Pettersen Reljin, captures Kate Moss dancing spontaneously with trancelike results.
“Dusan and I had been planning to collaborate on something visual for a while,” says Del Naja, “When he suggested working with Kate I was a little nervous, as we’ve been friends for a long time and I didn’t want to complicate things, you know. Kate has worked with a lot of artists over the years, and has been exploited by a few.”
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