Massive Attack vs Burial ‎– Four Walls / Paradise Circus

The Vinyl Factory ‎– VF034, Inhale Gold ‎– INHALEGOLD001
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition, Numbered


A Four Walls 11:57
B Paradise Circus 12:32

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Limited to 1000 hand-numbered copies released on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl housed in screen-printed cover with gold glitter.

Track B contains a sample ("let love flower") from Massive Attacks song Psyche.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A Side run-out): INHALEGOLD 001A TRANSITION
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side run-out): INHALEGOLD 001B TRANSITION


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March 16, 2016
There was a 1000 copies pressed of this...and the price is £315+ what is happening?


January 3, 2016
I am very sad to report this pressing sounds really bad..
I'm not very picky but if had to compare the sound I would have to say the re press of Ok Computer by Radiohead sound just as bad....
I'm still happy to own a copy but just wanted to let people know.


November 25, 2015
I really sad that i missed to buy this Record when it was released.
After the incredible high prices here i'm really thinking about producing an Mastercut/Dubplate out of the Digital Release for private purpose only and just for my collection . That would be by far more limited and i would own #1 of 1 and would probably sound far better;)



November 15, 2015
Massive Attack and Burial...i hope they collaborate again because this EP is an unbelievable cerebral masterpiece.

as far as the highly desired vinyl...until this gets a FIXED reissue, just buy the WAV version available from Massive Attack's store. sounds fantastic!

i was fortunate to receive a vinyl rip WAV...horrible distortion beyond the expected Burial trademark sound. Hope's vocals clearly show the pressing to be unacceptable. i then bought the official WAV from Massive Attack. perfect sound! there's no way i would pay the $100-500+ asking price for the vinyl. if you want the best sounding copy of this EP spend $5 here:

now, go spend some time in another world!


May 12, 2015
One of the best record of our early 21st century. "Dark spirit lives in there"


November 11, 2014

This needs a fucking reissue. Holy shit!


April 22, 2014
*** Info on copies with AP ****
This is an email from Leighton at The Vinyl Factory confirming UN-numbered copies which instead have AP hand-written on them. I can confirm that there are some AP copies out there. 20x of these were made, most of which were for those involved in the manufacture of the discs, eg the band, printers etc.
There were also a small amount of these that were available at the Massive Attack show we held in London.

Your actually very, very lucky to have one of those ones!


April 19, 2014
My copy plays great with no distortion.


April 10, 2014
i have to say that the people at the vinyl factory are the worst to deal with. such a shame for a company trying to bring on the revival of records. i had ordered two copies of this ( one for a friend). shot them an email a few weeks after i had paid. there response for the next month was that shipments are taking a while, just wait. eventually nothing showed up. emailed again, there response was that they had never received the order and that it was now sold out. if they had been able to answer emails correctly day one, i could of simply ordered two more copies. but their arrogance was great.

i had ordered several other products in the past from them, their defect rate is quite high.

they command top dollar for their releases and if massive attack and uncle had never worked with them, they would probably be nothing.

no kind words to say about them and beware of bad pressings


December 20, 2013
edited over 2 years ago

Hello All,

(tl;dr - vinyl has distorted sound, buy digital and save your money.)

the sound quality of the vinyl has been questioned, and now that a lossless, official digital version has been released I'm finally able to come to a definitive personal conclusion in this matter.

I was one of the lucky to get an order in for the vinyl before it was sold out, and after a while I received my copy (718/1000). I had heard Paradise Circus from a recording of Hobbs' XFM broadcast ( ), and although the recording is not of the highest quality, the track sounds good.

When I first listened to my copy I was puzzled, as Four Walls sounded a bit distorted/saturated, but still tolerable; then I got to Paradise Circus, which was completely distorted/saturated from the very beginning, all high frequencies were missing and the vocals were totally broken by crackling distortion; this vinyl rip sounds similar to my copy: .

My home DJing/listening equipment consists of two Technics SL-1200MK5s with quality stylii, an analogue Ecler NUO 4.0 mixer, an analogue NAD amplifier and two pairs of decent speakers; I've been a vinyl-only DJ for over 20 years, and I think I'm at least somewhat qualified and able to judge how vinyl sounds.

I opened a dialogue with The Vinyl Factory on this issue, claiming that I had received a defective copy. After some back-and-forth email exchange TVF sent me two extra copies of the vinyl, described as "picked randonly from the small quantity of extra copies" they still had. The subsequent extra copies I received sounded exactly like the original first one: unplayable/unlistenable.

I suggested to TVF I make a lossless recording of my original vinyl for comparison; they declined. I asked for quality verification from the mastering studio and the pressing plant; they declined. TVF adamantly claimed that the vinyl sounds as good as it should, there are no problems with the mastering or the pressing and that the final product had been approved by both Massive Attack and Burial. (I have the email exchange stored for reference/evidence.)

Someone commented below that Burial's sound has deliberate noise and distortion; I agree, those two things make Burial's sound unique and easily recognizable, but at the same time I think that both Massive Attack's and Burial's production values are so ridiculously high that the abysmal quality of the vinyl sound is a travesty neither of the artists would underwrite.

I have now listened to the lossles WAVs of the tracks side-by-side with all three copies of the vinyl I have, and there is a huge disparity between the sound quality of the digital and vinyl versions. The digital files sound crisp, clear and beautiful; the vinyls distorted/saturated, noisy and lacking higher frequencies. It doesn't take an audio professional/expert to make this judgement upon hearing the difference.

Based on this evidence, in my personal and not-so-humble opinion, it is possible that all the vinyl copies of this release are defective as described. Of course three copies are not a statistically large enough sample, but if the ones I have are indeed a random selection from the complete batch, there is a good probability that the whole pressing is of the same quality.

(Full disclosure: I was fully reimbursed for the record and p&p, and got to keep all three copies TVF sent me.)

If all the copies are like mine, the prices people are asking and paying for the vinyl are absolutely ridiculous, and I belive some buyers have been gravely disappointed after purchasing a possibly defective copy. If you're looking to buy a copy of this record on vinyl, please take into account that you may receive a record that is a limited edition and relatively rare, but of questionable value due to bad sound quality. I wholeheartedly suggest purchasing the official digital version instead - the price is a pittance and the product is of high quality.

Cheers, Nuutti.

P.S. I have purchased vinyls from The Vinyl Factory after this incident, and the copies I have received are quality pressings, sound great and I'm happy to have them. My intent is not to disparage The Vinyl Factory, I'm sure they do their best to produce and offer the highest quality products possible, but from my point of view, the story of this release is unfortunate.

(Edit: fixed typos and grammatical errors, added release serial number, tl;dr and P.S.)