Massive Attack founder Robert Del Naja aka 3D looks to the Congo for strictly limited 12″.
Limited to just 300 copies, 3D’s latest Battle Box collaboration 3D on Jupiter sees the Massive Attack frontman remix Congolese artist and Okwess International frontman Jupiter Bokondji. The release follows the project’s inaugural release with The Vinyl Factory last year, on which Del Naja worked with Elbow guitarist Guy Garvey for a bass-heavy electronic 12″ reminiscent of Massive Attack at their most adventurous.
This time around, 3D has drawn inspiration from working with Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project to produce two pulsating, afro-techno mixes that fuse Jupiter’s soaring vocals to 3D’s beefy analogue production.
Speaking of the project Del Naja said:
“In 2007 I went to the Congo with Africa Express. I was lucky to hang out and listen to some pretty amazing musicians, Jupiter among them.
“This track is built with an unknown modular synth from Munich, a Moog and a Vermona drum machine, with help from Euan Dickinson and Tim Goldsworthy. And mixes by Bruno Ellingham. I wanted to mirror the energy and message in the song without complicating it. The b-side is a more relaxed and melodic using a Prophet 5 and a jupiter 8.
It is the second release on the Battle Box label, which is made and distributed through The Vinyl Factory. Paul Insect has designed the covers and label art. Everything is screenprinted and limited in number.”
Battle Box 002 is released today. Head here to order one of just 300 screen-printed copies and watch the video below: