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"Four Walls" / "Paradise Circus" is a collaboration between British electronic music artists Massive Attack and Burial. The single was first released as a limited vinyl edition on 17 October 2011, with pre-orders from 10 October 2011. It 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 contain vocals, and lyrical contributions, by Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star.[1]

"Four Walls" / "Paradise Circus"
Single by Massive Attack and Burial
Released17 October 2011
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Massive Attack singles chronology
"Atlas Air"
"Four Walls" / "Paradise Circus"
"The Spoils"
Burial singles chronology
"Ego" / "Mirror"
"Four Walls" / "Paradise Circus"



In late 2009, Daddy G of Massive Attack appeared to suggest in an interview with Clash 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.[2] In May 2010, Massive Attack's 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 Robert Del Naja. It was released on 17 October 2011.[4]

The official release was in 2010 before quickly becoming popularised by the instant cover by electronic music duo Zeds Dead with their remix. Before the original was further given viewrship after being used in the poplular T.V show 'Luther' on BBC as a theme song.

In popular mediaEdit

A truncated version of "Paradise Circus" is used as the theme music to the BBC detective drama Luther.[5]

Track listingEdit

1."Four Walls"11:57
2."Paradise Circus"12:32
Total length:24:29

Chart positionsEdit

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


  • "Massive Attack vs Burial – Four Walls / Paradise Circus". The Vinyl Factory. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  1. ^ "BMI / Repertoire Search / "Four Walls"". BMI. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  2. ^ Kerr, Dave (2 February 2010). "Massive Attack: Two Man Army". The Skinny. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 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. ^ Davis, Johnny (April 2010). "Massive Attack". Q (285).
  4. ^ "Massive Attack post Burial remix of new single 'Four Walls' online". NME. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  5. ^ Thomas, Daren (8 June 2016). "15 TV theme tunes you didn't know were already songs". Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  6. ^ " – Massive Attack feat. Hope Sandoval – Paradise Circus" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  7. ^ " – Massive Attack feat. Hope Sandoval – Paradise Circus" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Mexico Ingles Airplay". Billboard. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  9. ^ " – Massive Attack feat. Hope Sandoval – Paradise Circus". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  10. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 20.02.2010 (wk6)". Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Dance/Electronic Digital Songs". Billboard. 27 February 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2014.

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