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“Mysterious Ways”- U2 (Massive Attack Remix)

You might have read the title of this post and groaned…not another Massive Attack song. Is this person obsessed with that group? Well, yes I sort of am. But I promise you, this song (although remixed by Massive Attack) is most definitely still U2.

“Mysterious Ways” by itself is a great song. From the opening fast beats to the end, it is song that you cannot listen to sitting down. You just have this desire to dance. They actually played this song when I was at their concert however many years ago and you should have seen the crowd. No one was sitting and some weird dancing was happening, perhaps some by me šŸ˜‰

The song was initially released in 1991 on their Achtung Baby album. Although not my favorite album (that would haveĀ  to go to Rattle and Hum followed closely by War), this albums was revolutionary for its time and contains some great hits such as “One” and “The Fly.”

I like to think of Massive Attack’s remix as the sound that U2 would produce today. It includes more electronic noises and mixes but still highlights Bono’s amazing voice and Edge’s equally amazing guitar skills. I do think it is not as “upbeat” as the original. Massive Attack sort of added a darker edge to the piece, similar to the sound of their songs. But they still keep the psychedelic, disoriented feel of the original. As seen in the original’s music video, it is almost like the mysterious moves of a women hypnotize a man.

PS. I found a “remix” for next post that is amazing and completely different from what I normally post. Stay tuned!

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“Paradise Circus”- Massive Attack vs Burial (Remix Series #1)

I have found myself listening to a lot of remixes lately, perhaps because of Skrillex? (More on that in a later post). Whatever the reason is, I wanted to do a series on my current favorite remixes. So in the upcoming post, look for some really neat reworkings of Nine Inch Nails, Massive Attack, The Doors, and more!

As a rule, I love the originals of songs the best and really don’t go seeking out remixes or covers. For me, covers are never as good as the original since I am so familiar with the original and any deviation just seems wrong, especially if it is a different voice. Remixes however normally contain the same vocals and much of the same musical quality of the original, just spun a bit differently. The best type of music to remix in my opinion is electronic music since it just seems to lend itself to be reworked very easily.

For example, Massive Attack can be described as a trip hop, ambient, and electronical in sound. They play around with many different background sounds to produce songs that not only have powerful lyrics but songs that create an sensual, relaxing, and at sometimes psychedelic aura. Thus, when I saw that Burial, another one of my favorite electronic artists, partnered up with Massive Attack to produce not one but two songs, I was ecstatic.

Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshal of Massive Attack and the cover of Burial's album Untrue

As much as Massive Attack creates an amazing background landscape for their songs, Burial creates landscapes that ARE his songs. He takesĀ  countless layers of interesting songs, and then loops, mixes, and distorts them until they have the power to make you feel things you thought were impossible to experience while listening to music. In his remix of “Paradise Circus,” he does just that. He brings in sounds from the original song and mixes them with others. The best part of the remix is how he keeps the beauty of the vocalist (Hope Sandoval) while slowing down the tempo and adding a dreamy fuze to the piece.

Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star amoung other acts

As a warning, the song is long (over 12 minutes) and does deviate from the original “Paradise Circus” quiet a bit. In the last 4 minutes, it is hardly recognizable with swelling arpeggios and hugely-distorted vocals. However, I am fine with it. I love the beginning of the Burial’s–it is a true remix of “Paradise Circus” and keeps the very sensual but melancholy and yearning feeling of the original. The rest of the song has this same feeling while incorporating Burial’s signature style. I love both renditions and I will listen to them both at different times depending on my mood. Additionally, I hope that these artists collaborate more in the future. The combination of their styles is breathtaking.

Massive Attack vs Burial “Paradise Circus”

 

Massive Attack “Paradise Circus”

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