Bear Music #96

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There is nothing we love more here at Jammy Toast than listening to some of our favourite tunes. From time to time we will post a music video from an artist or genre that we think will be enjoyable to you; our friends. We often feature music that you may not have come across before, or music that maybe you just missed the first time around. Try and listen with an open mind, you never know, you may find something you can add to your iPod. If you have any music videos you would like us to feature then drop us a line – we are always happy to listen to requests but we cannot promise to feature everyone’s favourite

This was the first time I had ever heard British trip-hop band Massive Attack. It was on “Later with Jools Holland” and featured the collective with some Indian drummers performing Karmacoma – I was immediately hooked. The song was released as a third and final single from their second album Protection on 20th March 1995. It is a rap featuring vocals from band members 3D and Tricky.

In an interview for Melody Maker, Tricky was asked about the sexual nature of the song, and other material, to which he responded:

No, no, not at all. Even the parts that are about sex ain’t about sex. Like: “You and I walking through the suburbs / We’re not exactly lovers”. Then it goes, “And then you wait / For the next Kuwait”. You could be walking down the street with your girlfriend, and at the same moment Kuwait is getting bombed. It’s to do with a moment in time. I’m trying to be three dimensional. It’s about the world. I suppose there is a lot of sex and violence in the world. We document the situations around us. Violence. Death. Sex. Money. Deviousness.

According to AllMusic critic Amy Hanson, the intensely “breathless and claustrophobic” song is still one of trip-hop’s best works. “The song is constructed around a thrumming slow, low heartbeat bass beat and looped catch of breath that becomes earnest yearning – an act of foreplay which frames the lyrics, ‘Don’t want to be on top of your list / And never been properly kissed’.”


Massive Attack – Karmacoma (Live on Later with Jools Holland)

Massive Attack – Karmacoma (Live on Later with Jools Holland)

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27 Comments on “Bear Music #96”

  1. Radio City’s Leanne & Dave have journeyed to Dubai to broadcast 10 min adverts for Alpha Taxis , are playing 3 year old Justin Timberlake records and tell us how warm hearted scowzers are again . Could of stayed in the cupboard under our stairs for that !

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