10/19/11

Burial vs. Massive Attack


Very beautiful track. English producer Burial reworks "Paradise Circus" by Massive Attack. The original features the vocals of American singer Hope Sandoval (of Mazzy Star and Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions).

I was not too crazy about the original version by Massive Attack but then came two remixes (a remix and a dub version) by Brazilian techno artist Gui Boratto that did more justice to the track. Those were quite upbeat. And now this...this is just amazing. A slow, haunting, atmospheric, dark, dubby, enveloping post-urban soundtrack where Burial adds his trademark ghostly sample vocals - heaven knows where he digs out those vocal samples - and interplays them with Sandovals hazy croon. Brilliant! Not a very big fan of the whole dubstep thing but Burial is an incredible artist. Both his albums - Burial (2006) and Untrue (2007) - are great.

(The clip above is taken from Mary Anne Hobbes' XFM radio show. I think her monologue towards the end contains some views on Burial that seem a bit too much of the essentialist, speculative kind...but kudos to her nevertheless for sharing the track with the world!)

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