Massive Attack release mixtape documenting Terry Callier collaboration
Earlier this year, Chicago musician Terry Callier died from cancer at the age of 67. Though his blend of jazz and soul was a favorite among critics, Callier was unsuccessful commercially and decided to retire from music in the 1980s. However, a decade later, Callier experienced a career resurgence when UK DJs began playing his records. He recorded several new albums in the late 1990s and 2000s, including a 2009 collaboration with Massive Attack entitled Hidden Conversations.
Recently, Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja posted a 16-minute mix of songs he and songwriter Neil Davidge recorded with Callier in 2005. “We created a ‘mix tape’ of the pieces I worked on with Neil and Terry. I also took the liberty of stripping them back to a more personal space and cut in alternative vocals and chuckles, in an attempt to share a little of the spirit of the great man,” Del Naja explained (via NME).