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Massive Attack Release New Audiovisual EP, 'Eutopia'
Christian Eede , July 10th, 2020 14:39

The three-tracker was created across five cities during the global COVID-19 lockdown period

Massive Attack have released an audiovisual EP called Eutopia.

The three-track release features new collaborations with Young Fathers, Algiers and Saul Williams, while AI artist Mario Klingemann has also contributed to the EP. It was worked on across five cities by various collaborators during the global COVID-19 lockdown period. You can watch a video for the collaboration with Algiers above.

The project is co-written and produced by Massive Attack's 3D, AKA Robert del Naja, and filmmaker and writer Mark Donne. The music and visuals feature arguments for global system change from UN Paris Climate Agreement author Christiana Figueres, founder of the Universal Basic Income Principle Professor Guy Standing and inventor of the US 'Wealth Tax' policy Professor Gabriel Zucman.

Speaking about the EP, Massive Attack said: "Lockdown exposed the best aspects and worst flaws of humanity. That period of uncertainty and anxiety forced us to meditate on the obvious need to change the damaging systems we live by.  By working with three experts, we've created a sonic and visual dialogue around these global, structural issues; taking the form of climate emergency, tax haven extraction and Universal Basic Income.

"The spirit of this EP, its elements and ideas have nothing to do with naïve notions of an ideal, perfect world, and everything to do with the urgent and practical need to build something better. In this sense, Eutopia is the opposite of spelling mistake."

Eutopia is out now.