Possibly veering a bit too much into trancey town with this one, but it happens. There was a time when trance was resonably interesting, but then someone invented a machine that makes very boring trance music and Paul Oakenfold’s previously promising output died. Or maybe I just didn’t get it because I was too old for that scene. I think it was at the time that William Orbit’s Pieces In A Modern Style was re-released with a trance mix by Ferry Corsten that I just gave up on a lot of electronic music.
Anyway, Jam and Spoon first came to my attention with Stella, and I imagine a lot of other’s attention too. They went on to remix The Age of Love and Moby most notably, with Moby returning the favour on the Barracuda mixes of Stella.
A couple of years later came Tripomatic Fairytales 2001 & 2002, two fairly different albums. One was fairly commerical clubby trance music, and the other was more of a chillout or ambient album(2002). 2002 is still quite interesting, if a bit dated whereas the first one hasn’t aged so well with quite a lot of vocal trance tracks.
Also of this time they were commissioned to remix Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax, but it was a bit of an uncomfortable fit.
The following year saw remixes of New Order’s Blue Monday, taking the original and turning it into a bit of an initially odd, strung out interpretation. Sharing space on the 12″ with the Hardfloor remix ensured their takes were kind of overlooked though.
After this, they contributed to the Hands On Yello project with a great take on You Gotta Say Yes.
And then I kind of missed what they were doing for a while, barring Stella re-appearing with a raft of remixes.
In 2000, as part of the Giorgio Moroder remix project, they contributed a remix of The Chase from Midnight Express, a track which proved to be extremely popular in the US.
In 2004, they released a unashamedly pop album, with contributions from the likes of Plavka, Jim Kerr of Simple Minds and Tricky. Although probably not really a disc for their long time fans, it’s definately a well implemented showcase of their skills.
And in 2006, Mark Spoon sadly died of a heart attack at the young age of 39. The highlight of their career for me was a track from just before they started getting noticed, and it’s still one I enjoy hearing to this day.
Jam and Spoon – Follow Me!
I think someone requested this a while back, but I until now I had forgotten about it.
Jah Wobble ft. Sinead O’Connor – Visions Of You(The Secret Lovechild of Hank and Johnny), remixed by Andrew Weatherall.