Four Walls / Paradise Circus

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"Four Walls / Paradise Circus"
Single by Massive Attack and Burial
Released 10 October 2011 (pre-order)
17 October 2011 (worldwide)
Format 12"
Recorded 2011
Genre Trip hop, dubstep
Length 24:29
Label Inhale Gold (INHALEGOLD001)
The Vinyl Factory (VF034)
Writer(s) Massive Attack
Producer(s) Massive Attack and Burial
Massive Attack singles chronology
"Atlas Air"
"Four Walls / Paradise Circus"
"The Spoils"
Burial singles chronology
"Street Halo"
"Four Walls / Paradise Circus"

"Four Walls / Paradise Circus" is a collaboration between Massive Attack and Burial, which was first released as a limited vinyl edition on 17 October 2011, with pre-orders from 10 October 2011. The single consists of Burial mixes of Massive Attack's previously unreleased track "Four Walls", and of "Paradise Circus", which was featured in their 2010 album Heligoland. Both songs featured on the EP contain vocals, and lyrical contributions, by Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star.[1]


In late 2009, Daddy G appeared to suggest in an interview with Clash Music that there would be an equivalent remix album of Heligoland by Burial, yet various comments made afterwards cast major doubt on the prospect ever being more than an idle whim in reality.[2] In May 2010, Robert Del Naja told Q magazine that, "It's happening, but we can't talk about it. (Burial)'s very private and paranoid about it."[3]


The single release was limited to 1,000 copies worldwide, all of which were sold during the first day of pre-order. The single was pressed on heavyweight 180g 12” vinyl, housed in a hand numbered, gold glitter screen-printed sleeve designed by Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja (3D). It was released on 17 October 2011.[4]


The record features the voice of Hope Sandoval (of Mazzy Star and Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions) on both "Four Walls" and "Paradise Circus".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Four Walls" 11:57
2. "Paradise Circus" 12:32
Total length: 24:29

Chart positions[edit]

"Paradise Circus"
Chart (2010-13) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 33
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[6] 33
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[7] 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 41
Ukraine Rock (FDR Music Charts)[9] 7
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[10] 12
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 117
US Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (Billboard)[12] 27

In popular media[edit]

A truncated version of "Paradise Circus" is used as the theme music to the BBC detective drama Luther.[13]


  1. ^ "BMI / Repertoire Search / "Four Walls"". BMI. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kerr, Dave (2010-02-02). "Massive Attack: Two Man Army". The Skinny. Retrieved 2012-08-10. I think I might have had too many drinks the night I made that statement. I started a fire, didn’t I? It was our total admiration for Burial, that’s what it was; it sort of spilled into enthusiasm about him doing something for us. 
  3. ^ "Massive Attack". Q magazine. 2010-05-09. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Massive Attack post Burial remix of new single 'Four Walls' online". NME. 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  5. ^ " – Massive Attack feat. Hope Sandoval – Paradise Circus" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  6. ^ " – Massive Attack feat. Hope Sandoval – Paradise Circus" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Mexico Ingles Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  8. ^ " – Massive Attack feat. Hope Sandoval – Paradise Circus". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Rock" (in Ukrainian). FDR Music Charts. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-02-20" UK Dance Chart. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  11. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 20.02.2010 (wk6)". Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Dance/Electronic Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  13. ^ Thomas, Daren (8 June 2016). "15 TV theme tunes you didn't know were already songs". Retrieved 21 January 2017. 

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