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).