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Mirwais ~ Production

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"Disco Science," his toweringly provocative debut single, demonstrated Mirwais's disco roots, but the French producer distorted and twisted that yardstick out of all recognition via wild pitch-shifting and a taste for acid bass lines. Production only emphasizes this penchant for reinvention by taking some of the most popular sounds from late '70s and early '80s dance floors--Moroder beats, Vocoders, analogue synth sounds--and willfully hammering them into fresh shapes on numbers such as "Naive Song" and "Junkie's Prayer." Mirwais's skills brought him to the attention of Madonna, who kidnapped his production prowess for her Music album. She returns the favor with this album's centerpiece, "Paradise Not for Me." This exquisite blend of French monologue and treated English vocal, all married to swelling synths, indicates why Mirwais was seen as the hottest, most chic Parisian electronic producer from an apparently endless line of talent--including Daft Punk, Air, and Cassius--that continues to emanate from the city. Mirwais offers a nod to his compatriots on the Daft Punk-like "I Can't Wait," which matches a pulverizing stop-start rhythm to buzz-saw bleeps, as well as to New York's turntablist scene on "Definitive Beat," a juddering breakbeat layered with skidding scratch work. A devastatingly original album from a true pioneer. --Mike Pattenden

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Disco Science (Original Mix)Mirwaïs 3:34Album Only
  2. Naïve Song (Album Version)Mirwaïs 4:23Album Only
  3. V.I. (The Last...) (Album Version)Mirwaïs 6:51Album Only
  4. I Can't Wait (Album Version)Mirwaïs 3:15Album Only
  5. Junkie's Prayer (Album Version)Mirwaïs 3:49Album Only
  6. Definitive Beat (Album Version)Mirwaïs 3:55Album Only
  7. Paradise (Not For Me) (Album Version)Mirwais Feat. Madonna 6:27Album Only
  8. Never Young Again (Album Version)Mirwaïs 5:37Album Only
  9. Involution (Album Version)Mirwaïs 5:38Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 27, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000059T41
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. F Malysiak on August 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I ordered this import because I'd been hearing a lot recently about Mirwais and his collaboration with Madonna on her upcoming album. I'm also a huge fan of her new single "Music" which was co-produced with Mirwais. I was also curious to hear track #7 "Paradise (Not For Me) which features Madonna. "Paradise" is a stunning track: haunting, delicate, and beautiful. Madonna has never sounded quite so fragile and the orchestral accompaniment shimmers. One of the things that is so exciting about Madonna - and one reason why she has managed to stay at the forefront of 'pop' music culture - is her ability to mold her sound to a wide range of musical styles. Each album has a different sound yet manages to retain that distinct Madonna quality. "Paradise (Not For Me)" will not be for everyone ... it does take some getting used to, especially when one reflects back upon the music she was producing just ten years ago. Based on her work here with Mirwais, I have high expectations (and maybe a little bit of trepidation) about her new album due out in September ... not trepidation regarding its quality, but that it won't find a popular audience. We'll see...
But enough about Madonna. Mirwais' "Production" is a solid effort in its own right: edgy, kind of trashy, but a lot of fun, the kind of album that makes you want to get up and dance. The opening track "Disco Science" is already an international club hit. "Naive Song" and "I Can't Wait" are also great tracks. But again, for me, it's the collaboration with Madonna that make this album such a worthwhile investment
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marc Cabir Davis on July 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Among the host of album releases throughout year 2000, Mirwais' 'Production' stands out as being one of the least listened to. What a pity ! Aside from being one of the year's finest electronica albums, it also contains the song that everyone wanted to get their hands on, but largely couldn't. Madonna Ciccone and Mirwais teamed up for 'Paradise (Not for me), a cosmo-electronica track that should only be heard to be believed. Its also heartening that Madonna has finally realised her vocal limitations and instead decided to spend her time nurturing her skills as a musician (one would never have thought of calling Madonna a musician, but after an album like 'Ray of Light', I think she deserves some recognition). For 'Paradise' is sheer musical genius. At one point it is almost Gothic in its' soulful strains, and at others its very reminiscent of new-age opera. Throw in some trademark Mirwais overlap synthesizer effects and an eerie extra-terrestrial sounding passage, and you have an absolute classic. In a voice that chills your spine, Madonna whispers 'I see a light above my head' - with a background instrumentation that conjures up images of UFOs, alien insemination and Rosewell.
This has been called one of the singer's 'weirdest' songs. It certainly is, but its also among her finest musical achievements (personally, I liked it better than anything off her 'Ray of Light' CD). And Mirwais proves that the French aren't the musically insipid lot that we once thought they were. But maybe thats because hes not biologically French. As if to say 'Vive le France! ", Mirwais throws in a French stanza and Madonna thus gets to sing her first ever French lyric on record.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevinduran on June 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After listening to this cd, it's just so obvious why Madonna enlisted Mirwais to produce her recent "Music" album. I must admit that my love for Madonna is the reason why I bought this cd. If you are looking for another "Music", however, you may be disappointed. Mirwais is his own artist, he's got his own thing going on. This is French electronica at its absolute best. He refreshingly avoids the repetitive monotony that ruins Daft Punk for me (a little of them goes A LONG way- at least in my house!). "Disco Science" and "Naive Song" are the standout songs here... along with "Paradise (Not For Me)" which is on Madonna's "Music". (The song was recorded for this project which was released before "Music" overseas. It took awhile for this cd to see the light of day in the U.S.) This is great music to listen to while you are doing work- lots of interesting sounds keep popping out of the speakers. A lot of the songs will bring a smile to your face (not like a novelty song- but just because it's so light and cheery sounding.) I'm really looking forward to what Mirwais has in store next time around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cp on January 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I can't quite make up my mind about this CD. The first two tracks "Disco Science" and "Naive Song" are very modern tracks that will inevitably become quite cult. The tune is great and it really gives off some exciting vibes. However, one can't help but notice a vague similarity to Daft Punk, especially Disco Science. The other tracks are not bad, but slightly sub-standard when considering the first two. "Paradise (Not for Me)" which features Madonna is by all means a cool track but don't expect anything like Madonna's previous efforts (NB: This track is also on Madonna's "Music"). All in all, it's easy to get excited about this CD, because all of the tracks are fairly novel, but you'll end up listening to just three of them (exceptional)
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