No Protection (Massive Attack album)

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No Protection
Massive Attack - No Protection.jpg
Remix album by Massive Attack and Mad Professor
Released 17 February 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Dub
Length 49:57
Massive Attack chronology
Protection
(1994) Protection1994
No Protection
(1995) No Protection1995
Mezzanine
(1998) Mezzanine1998

No Protection is the name of a dub remix of Massive Attack's second album Protection. The remix was done by the British dub producer Mad Professor.

Background[edit]

Mad Professor was contacted by Massive Attack after Protection was released to remix a song for a single. After the single was remixed, the band asked Mad Professor to listen to more of the album to explore the possibility of further remixes. The project then became a track by track remix of almost the entire album. Mad Professor heavily edited the original material to form a slow, pulsating mix in which the beat is emphasized, reverb is extensively used and the occasional vocals (many of the tracks are almost entirely instrumental) fade in-and-out in typical dub fashion.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]
The Village Voice A−[4]

According to music journalist Robert Christgau, No Protection was the most hyped album during dub music's revival in the mid-1990s. In his review for The Village Voice, he found the music well defined and textured: "It also sustains a convincing gravity—a sense that all these whooshings and clangings and suckings and scrapings and boomings and snatches of tune relate to each other and the rest of the physical universe."[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Radiation Ruling the Nation" (based on "Protection") – 8:35
  2. "Bumper Ball Dub" (based on "Karmacoma") – 5:59
  3. "Trinity Dub" (based on "Three") – 4:22
  4. "Cool Monsoon" (based on "Weather Storm") – 7:10
  5. "Eternal Feedback" (based on "Sly") – 6:26
  6. "Moving Dub" (based on "Better Things") – 5:57
  7. "I Spy" (based on "Spying Glass") – 5:07
  8. "Backward Sucking" (based on "Heat Miser") – 6:17

References[edit]

  1. ^ spence d. "BACK TO THE LAB with The Mad Professor". NiceUp. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "No Protection: Massive Attack Vs. Mad Professor – Mad Professor, Massive Attack". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Hardy, Ernest (16 May 1996). "Massive Attack: No Protection". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (17 December 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 

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