The video for Voodoo In My Blood, the collaboration between British trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack and Edinburgh’s own Mercury Prize-winning trio Young Fathers has dropped today (Feb 23) – and it’s well worth a watch.
Directed by Ringan Ledwidge, it sees in-demand actress Rosamund Pike pacing through a subway before she has a rather disconcerting experience with a mysterious orb (watch below). At one point, the sinister object sticks a spike into her eye and exerts physical control over her, which forces her to slam her head into a wall.
Massive Attack, the Bristol triumvirate known for hits such as Unfinished Sympathy and Teardrop, last month released the Ritual Spirit EP, which features collaborations with Tricky, Roots Manuva and Azekel, as well as Young Fathers.
In a press release, Gone Girl Oscar-nominee Pike says, “Am I involved?… Someone said the girl in the video looks like me. I have been to the Joe Strummer subway. I did have a strange encounter there once.”
An act who tend to stir into action every five or so years, Massive Attack are set to release a second EP, written and co-produced by Daddy G, in the Spring, with a full album to follow later in the year.
Formed in the Capital in 2008 by Liberian-born Alloysious Massaquoi, Nigerian Kayus Bankole and Scot Graham ‘G’ Hastings, Young Fathers won the Mercury Music Prize for their second album, Dead, in 2014.
Often described as a hip-hop trio but impossible to pigeonhole, they share a lot in common with Massive Attack, who themselves effortlessly mix genres together to create their own unique sound.
Words: Gary Flockhart