“Daydreaming” is a song by Massive Attack with vocals by Shara Nelson. The song samples “Mambo” by Wally Badarou (the “fifth member” of Level 42), from his album “Echoes” (1984). “Daydreaming” was released as a single on 15th October 1990, six months before their debut album Blue Lines was released. It was the band’s first ever release and reached #81 in the UK Singles Chart.
Daddy G said about the making of the album: “We were lazy Bristol twats. It was Neneh Cherry who kicked our arses and got us in the studio. We recorded a lot at her house, in her baby’s room. It stank for months and eventually we found a dirty nappy behind a radiator. I was still DJing, but what we were trying to do was create dance music for the head, rather than the feet.”
They were in the studio for around eight months just taking breaks for Christmas and The World Cup. Most of the ideas for the debut album were eight years old but once they got into the studio new ideas came along – Daydreaming was one of the new ideas. The group also drew inspiration from concept albums in various genres by artists such as Pink Floyd, Public Image Ltd, Billy Cobham, Wally Badarou, Herbie Hancock and Isaac Hayes.
If you don’t like it the first time through, play it again. It is definitely a track that grows on you…
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