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15 Landmark Dance Tracks of 1991

Here are 15 pivotal tracks from 1991 when dance music's potential to amaze seemed boundless.

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Mad Cool Festival Day 2: The Arctic Monkeys and a Massive Shame

The second day of the Mad Cool Festival saw a tremendous performance from the newly matured Arctic Monkeys, along with a cancellation of Massive Attack on spot due to "noise issues".

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Massive Attack - "Teardrop" (Singles Going Steady Classic)

"Teardrop" is every bit as haunting and iconic today as it was 18 years ago.

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Massive Attack - "The Spoils" ft. Hope Sandoval (Singles Going Steady)

"The Spoils" classicist leanings prove that Massive Attack don't need to chase fads in order to create stirring and uniquely powerful music.

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Massive Attack / Young Fathers - "Voodoo in My Blood"

"Voodoo in My Blood" is a trip-hop New Orleans funeral parade with the casket open, brimming with incantatory rhymes and death-hymn melodies.

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Massive Attack: Ritual Spirit

Massive Attack primes the trip-hop pump with a compelling, bite-sized EP.

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Massive Attack, Tricky and 3D - "Take It There" (Singles Going Steady)

It's nice when Massive Attack does more than just vamp for Tricky. Take away the vocals and you still have yourself an intoxicating trip-hop brew -- in waltz time at that!

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Davidge: Slo Light

The Massive Attack producer's fruit doesn't fall far from the downtempo tree.

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Massive Attack: Blue Lines 2012 Remix/Remaster

This supple remaster reinforces the notion that the Bristol downtempo collective's iconic 1991 debut is a milestone. But is it a masterpiece?

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Neil Davidge (Massive Attack) - "Arrival" from 'Halo 4' (PopMatters Premiere)

Neil Davidge was the producer and co-composer of the last three Massive Attack albums and now he turns his considerable talents to the gaming world by scoring the Halo 4 video game.

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All That Glitters: Led Zeppelin - "When the Levee Breaks"

At the end of Led Zeppelin's masterpiece lies a doomy, bottom-heavy monster that connects the dots between the blues and heavy metal--and provided dozens of hip-hop artists with the perfect drum track to sample.

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Counterbalance: Year One

In this special one-year anniversary edition of Counterbalance, Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn discuss their first year combing through the pop music canon (as determined by Acclaimed Music's calculations of every best-of list available), share a few favorites, and justify a couple items on their expense account.

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Counterbalance No. 32: Massive Attack’s 'Blue Lines'

For the 32nd edition of Counterbalance, Mendelsohn and Klinger sang about the sun and danced among the trees. As a result they very nearly missed their deadline. Nevertheless, their take on Massive Attack's 1991 trip-hop masterpiece is next.

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It's All Good: An Interview with Daddy G of Massive Attack

When not sickened with the United Kingdom turning into Big Brother, excited by the possibilities of YouTube, or stunned by their nationwide artwork banning, Daddy G of Massive Attack is more than happy to be back into the fold than ever before, and he tells PopMatters all about it.

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Massive Attack: Heligoland

The Bristol downtempo legends return. Still attacking. Only now, less massive.

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Horace Andy and Alpha: Two Phazed People

With the help of Alpha’s confident, well-crafted beats, Horace Andy proves that he is still in integral part of the music world.

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Terry Callier: Hidden Conversations

With his latest recording, Callier decided to wholeheartedly embrace his younger generation of supporters and put a good deal of creative forces in their hands.

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Various Artists: Protected Massive Samples

Massive Attack is opened up, and its insides are revealed to be made of muzak and precious stones.

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Paul Oakenfold: Greatest Hits & Remixes

Because we needed a dance remix of Radiohead.

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Slipped Discs 2006

PopMatters' writers share their favorite albums that no one else, including their colleagues, noticed.

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Peeping Tom: Peeping Tom

Stop the presses! Mike Patton still knows how to sing like a (sort of) normal human being!

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Massive Attack: Collected

Simply on the basis of the fourteen songs included on Collected, Massive Attack stake a mighty persuasive claim towards being one of the best pop groups of all time.

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Massive Attack: Danny the Dog: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Blue Lines was said to be the soundtrack for a generation of British youth. After that, the soundtrack for this Luc Besson movie is a bit of disappointment -- albeit one studded with gems.

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