No Protection (Massive Attack album)

No Protection
Remix album by Massive Attack v Mad Professor
Released 17 February 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Dub
Length 49:57
Label Gyroscope
Producer Massive Attack, Nellee Hooper
Massive Attack chronology
No Protection

No Protection is the name of a dub remix of Massive Attack's second album Protection. The remix was done by the British dub producer Mad Professor.


Mad Professor was contacted by Massive Attack after Protection was released to remix a song for a single. After the single was remixed, the band asked Mad Professor to listen to more of the album to explore the possibility of further remixes. The project then became a track by track remix of almost the entire album. Mad Professor heavily edited the original material to form a slow, pulsating mix in which the beat is emphasized, reverb is extensively used and the occasional vocals (many of the tracks are almost entirely instrumental) fade in-and-out in typical dub fashion, making a hypnotic, if slightly repetitive, mix. The result is arguably more textured than the original, but loses any sense of the jazzy feel of Protection.[1]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[3]

According to music journalist Robert Christgau, No Protection was the most hyped album during dub music's revival in the mid 1990s. In his review for The Village Voice, he gave the album an "A–" and found the music well defined and textured: "It also sustains a convincing gravity—a sense that all these whooshings and clangings and suckings and scrapings and boomings and snatches of tune relate to each other and the rest of the physical universe."[4]

Track listing

  1. "Radiation Ruling the Nation" (based on "Protection") – 8:35
  2. "Bumper Ball Dub" (based on "Karmacoma") – 5:59
  3. "Trinity Dub" (based on "Three") – 4:22
  4. "Cool Monsoon" (based on "Weather Storm") – 7:10
  5. "Eternal Feedback" (based on "Sly") – 6:26
  6. "Moving Dub" (based on "Better Things") – 5:57
  7. "I Spy" (based on "Spying Glass") – 5:07
  8. "Backward Sucking" (based on "Heat Miser") – 6:17


  1. "BACK TO THE LAB with The Mad Professor -- by spence d.". Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  2. Thomas, Stephen. "No Protection: Massive Attack Vs. Mad Professor - Mad Professor, Massive Attack : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  3. "Massive Attack: No Protection : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 1996-05-16. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  4. Christgau, Robert (17 December 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 29 August 2014.

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