Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Tres: Day 020
Thurs, Feb 14, 2013

“Paradise Circus [[Gui Boratto remix] featuring Hope Sandoval]”
Massive Attack


“♫ Look
at her with
her eyes like
a flame/ She
will love you
like a fly &
never love
you again

When asked why Massive Attack continues attempting to explore rhythms on his musical canvas, Robert “3D” Del Naja said, “Some people get removed from the art form they first fell in love with, but I find it catches me even more. It’s like a spell. When I look at the audience, I see a lot of people with their eyes closed, nodding, in their own space. Each person doing their own little dance, lost in their thoughts, searching for what they find in it. And that’s the way our music is made.”

Today I wanted to share one of the sexiest songs made in the last twenty years. Instead of going old school, I went for a more temptuous trip hop sensation of “Paradise Circus.” I don’t just love the original Heligoland album version but the very sultry Gui Boratto remix of “Paradise Circus.” Brazilian remix extraordinaire, Boratto actually slows down the back beats, allowing Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval to seduce us with her very intimate vocal. Boratto’s remixed Massive Attack canvas actually feels like you’re frozen traffic, somewhere in a plane, train or taxi and Hope Sandoval is taking you on this private rendezvous. The way Hope whispers her lusty lyrics behind the very sexy Peter Hook and New Order like baselines sprinkled through out this erotic daydream coming to life. Emotions, motions, skins, breaths, verses, tongues— becoming your fantasy…”♫she will love you like a fly and never love you again♫.”

You would have never guessed it but recording “Paradise Circus” with Hope Sandoval was done in a very distant and mysterious manner as Grant Marshall explained, “Unfortunately that is the only track that was done by the powers of electronics. Initially had a couple of tracks for Hope that we wanted her to do – sent them to her and she sent them back, that’s how it was done really, back and fourth. Unfortunately we haven’t met her but we’re hoping to have her come on tour with us for a couple of gigs in the States. I’ve probably been asleep for all these years because I hadn’t been aware of Hope to be honest until then which was a couple of years ago. She has the most amazing angst, and emotional voice…what more could you say about her but she is just amazing.” You would think creatively it would be complicated to work with an artist like Hope so remotely; Marshall disagreed saying this about the experience of working so distant with Sandoval when he said, “So simple, it was unbelievable. Thinking that you’d have this really complicated back and fourth, it was really literally absolutely amazing. When we got it back it was like hit it on the nail straight away.”

3D added this about Massive Attack’s collaboration with Hope Sandoval. “That was one of G’s [Grant, the other half of Massive Attack] adventures actually. And they did it all by wire. None of us ever met Hope. On the whole, our most successful collaborations come from being with people in the studio. This one is actually the complete opposite. And it’s only one of a few we’ve done like this, another being with David Bowie when we did a track for Moulin Rouge. I quite like the idea of it being that way. Musically, we were trying to get a sense of being in a room, almost as if during a séance. We wanted to make it feel slightly conspiratorial, very visual and simple and really personal and up close.

And this is what I love about Massive Attack. They are the soundtrack of intimate interaction. You can feel every beat of your lover while listening nakedly to Massive Attack. Massive Attack perfectly bring to life the darkness and light. I believe Grant Marshall said it best when he described the Massive Attack creative doctrine as, “’From the very first days putting on parties and selling a few beers out the back of a car, it was all about putting together two elements in the records we played that were completely opposite: the rough and the smooth, a reggae record with a punk record. And we carried that same ethos later with our own music.”

If you’re looking for a soundtrack that glimpses the beautiful nakedness between sultry silhouettes and lusty luminescence; slide inside with Hope Sandoval as your personal guide. A pleasurous ride is guaranteed for all who succumb to the temptuous sounds of “Paradise Circus.”

and here’s the official video of “Paradise Circus”: