Forget that whole Jay-Z and Nas beef, and let’s not even try to bring up that old 50 Cent/Ja Rule debate. Hell hath no fury like ’90s-era ambient popsters. This won’t develop into anything tangible, but… British trip-hoppers Portishead are laying the smack down on the likes of Moby and Zero 7. No, chill-out here. “Sour Times,” indeed. Pitchfork reports:
The last time Portishead released a new album was the 1998 live disc PNYC. The last time Portishead released an album of new material was 1997’s Portishead. So after nearly a decade, we’re pretty desperate for something, anything, resembling news of a forthcoming album.
Well, we got some tiny scraps last week, when the Bristol trio updated its MySpace page with some straight up good news: “weve had our meeting with the label it was really positive…which makes the whole thing so much easier to deal with nice people,” the blog said. “the tracks are in a right mess but sounding like a album for the first time in years.” The music is described as “fukin a bit weird” before the band takes some potshots at artists with whom they’re often RIYL’d. “its nice to think us old gits have a few tunes in us without sounding like coffee table zero 7 – moby – chill out shit!!”
In oh-so-fake related news, rumors abound that Morcheeba is eyeing a “massive attack” on Martina Topley-Bird. Oh, snap!