Skip to product information
1 of 1

Massive Attack

Circa / Wild Bunch Records

Regular price
$39.00 SGD
Regular price
Sale price
$39.00 SGD


A TAV Essential Listening Album.

Protection is the second album by Bristol-based trip hop collective Massive Attack. Released in 1994, it was last to feature Tricky as a member of the group, after going solo with his album Maxinquaye in 1995.

Protection was featured in the top ten of Rolling Stone magazine's 'Coolest Albums of All Time List', calling it "great music for when you're driving around a city at 4 am," due to the 'chill out' nature of the album. Like most of Massive Attack's albums, the music often defies categorisation, ranging from R&B (title track and "Sly") to hip hop/rap ("Karmacoma" and "Eurochild") to reggae-tinged synthpop ("Spying Glass") to classical-influenced electronica instrumentals ("Weather Storm" and "Heat Miser"). The album follows Blue Lines structurally, to the point that the font used on the cover of the album is the same, Helvetica Heavy Italic.

Paul Evans of Rolling Stone gave the album three and a half of five stars calling it "Cool, sexy stuff, it smoothly fuses dub, club and soul, grounding its grace in sampled hip-hop beats."

It is the second and last Massive Attack album listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Rolling Stone ranked it at number 51 in its list of the "100 Best Albums of the Nineties".

Tricky again appeared on the album, rapping on the tracks "Karmacoma" (whose video was directed by Jonathan Glazer, and which featured a sample from The KLF's "Dream Time in Lake Jackson" at the 2:00 minute mark) and "Eurochild" (which featured samples from Startled Insects' "Cheetah" and Liquid Liquid's "Lock Groove (In)"). – Wiki

“Protection is where these Bristol, England trip-hop masters refined their singular blend of beat science, soul music and the part of rave culture that happens at 5 a.m. after the dancing is over, when you are trying to calm down. And if you like this (and living in a blue cloud), you'll love this album's brilliant spin-offs, like Mad Professor's remix LP No Protection and Tricky’s Maxinquaye, a.k.a. the best one-night-stand-while-fucked-up album ever.” – Rolling Stone

“Protection was a step up from Blue Lines in terms of focus and direction. While not as diverse as Blue Lines, Protection fits together far better and has, like every Massive Attack album to date, it's own unique sound which hasn't been duplicated on another album. At the time, most of the electronic music that was popular disconnected it's audience emotionally because it was so agressive. A problem with experimental music is that it often forgets that people are actually going to listen to it. Fortunatly, this was (and is) not the case with Massive Attack. On Blue Lines, they were able to have personal lyrics, especially in songs such as "One Love" "Be Thankful For What You've Got". These lyrics were something that everyone could relate to and gave much listener respect to Massive Attack. With the beautiful female vocals, the cool male vocals, the pumping bass lines and the groovable drumming, Massive Attack were winners from the start.” – Sputnik Music

Item description:


Massive Attack




Circa | Wild Bunch Records


Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram



Release Date:

This reissue: 2016 | Original – 1994




Downtempo, Dub, Trip Hop

Catalog No: