Lycantropii – Elvis Presley v Massive Attack – Ghetto Storm

31st May 2021 · 1960s, 1969, 1990s, 1994, 2000s, 2004, Music

Elvis Presley meets Massive Attack in an inspired mash-up that spans 25 years and 4,000 miles to merge Memphis and Bristol.

Mash-ups are innately appealing. You take two different songs from different eras and different genres – Motorhead, say, and The Supremes – and mix them together.

When it works it’s simultaneously funny, surprising and often rather good. But you tend to play it once, then forget all about it.

Here’s one that lasts: two songs separated by a quarter of a century and the 4,000 miles between Memphis in the Sixties and Bristol in the Nineties, created by Manchester DJ Fritz von Runte under his alias Lycantropii.

It’s an inspired marriage of Elvis at his best, from the post-Hollywood second half of his career, smothered by the smoky, swirling sounds of Massive Attack from their 1994 second album Protection.

Elvis is singing In The Ghetto, a heart-rending morality tale about the cycle of poverty and violence in America’s urban ghettoes (by country singer Mac Davis), which gave Presley his first hit for four years in 1969, after returning to music following an eight-year period in the movies.

Massive Attack surround the King’s brooding baritone with their jazzy, dubby, claustrophobic beats, including a sample from Marlena Shaw’s Woman Of The Ghetto that makes the connection stronger – recorded the same year as the Presley song.

It’s a perfect fit.