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Monthly Archives: January 2008

Only one* track today, but clocking in at just a touch over 35 minutes it’s a bit of a monster.

Gravitational Arch of 10 by Vapourspace (aka Mark Gage also responsible for Rex Me Fecu, one of my favourites from the Volume Trance series) is the sort of track for which the word sprawling was invented. Comprising 7 mixes recombined into one, it’s an interesting journey. While looking for some more information on the track, I found someone suggesting that title was supposed to be Gravitational Arch of IO, which I think makes a bit more sense, but I’m neither an astronomy geek nor a mathematical marvel, so I can’t argue the point one way or the other. It has the same sort of feel as the journey through the Solar System suggested by the KLF Communications album, Space.

  1. Gravitational Arch Of 10 (Original)
  2. Gravitational Arch Of 10 (Coleman Horn & Fred Giannelli’s Telepathic Gravitation v2.1 remix)
  3. Gravitational Arch Of 10 (John Acquaviva’s Anti Gravity One remix)
  4. Gravitational Arch Of 10 (Fred Giannelli Telepathic Gravitation v1.3 remix)
  5. Gravitational Arch Of 10 (Vapourspace’s + Energy > Magic remix)
  6. Gravitational Arch Of 10 (John Acquaviva’s Anti Gravity Two remix)
  7. Gravitational Arch Of 10 (Mark Ryan’s Vapour Treatment remix)

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* Well, not really. I can’t post a track of this length without one-upping myself with one slightly longer, and I can’t really mention Space without adding that.

This was originally intended as a companion piece to the earlier Orb post, but for some reason I forgot about it and now it’s 6 months later so probably a good time to dust up the post and push it out there into the limelight while I try to exorcise some of my drafts.

Anyway, this post was intended to showcase some of the more interesting remixes by The Orb.

Semisonic – Secret Smile(Orb Morning After remix) : Cheeky overhaul of alt rockers that I don’t ever remember hearing anything else from, but it seems that they are fairly popular and have released a few albums. I guess they just aren’t that popular in Europe as they seem to have passed me by completely.

The Cranberries – Zombie : Horrific source material, but thankfully it’s participation is somewhat reduced in this remix. Speaking of which…

David A. Stewart & Candy Dulfer – Lily Was Here (Orbital Space Centre) : I think I’m having a bad tag day, let me see what I can do to sort this out.

Serge Gainsbourg – Requiem pour une c… : There, that’s a bit better.

System 7 – Miracle (Orb remix) : Still one of my favourite Orb remixes to this day.

The Grid – Crystal Clear (Clear, Like An Unmuddied Lake). One of my favourite Grid tracks as well, I had this on nice clear vinyl only for a colleague to leave it leaning against a lamp, resulting in a lovely brown spot and an unplayable record.

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I seem to remember another clear vinyl of this time was the Revolting Cocks – D’Ya Think I’m Sexy(or maybe it was Physical?), which also had a plastic sealed sleeve with a substance resembling KY Jelly. That one burst in the record box.

Sun Electric – O’Locco : There are eight Orb remixes of this track.

Gut – Lane – Firething (Orb remix) : Gudrun Gut & Anita Lane.

Marathon – Movin'(Orbital Ambientapella Live) : Early Thomas Fehlmann project borrowing from the previously mentioned Cuba Gooding Sr. – Happiness Is Just Around The Bend, which was also appropriated by Nightmares On Wax for Aftermath. Apologies for the scratchy vinyl as it is an old rip and I’m not even sure I still have the source.

Spectre – Spectre Overseas (Orbjects, Overseas & Oceans).

Suzuki K1 >> 7.5cc – Satellite Serenade(Transasianexpress Mix) : Well, I think that’s the right mix. I had a massive tagging accident with a lot of my mp3s a couple of years ago, and I’ve had to reconstruct some as best guesses. Suzuki in this case is Keiichi Suzuki.

And that’s enough for now. I think I’ll continue with this post in a future update as it’s already creaking at the sides.

Orb items on ebay.

A loosely themed Happy Mondays post today then, for no reason other than the final track listed today was going through my head. Owing to it’s general dreadfulness it’s a surprise that I’m not driven half mental by it and talking to myself. Or writing for an audience beyond the fourth wall. Oh.

Diana Brown & Barrie K. Sharpe – Sunworshippers(Steve Anderson remix) : Discogs has this listed as The Eye of Heaven, not Sun Worshippers, so I’m not entirely certain what track this is. Steve Anderson is/was a DMC remixer, and is possibly better known for his own releases as part of Brothers In Rhythm, Brothers Love Dubs & Creative Thieves. DMC is one of those subjects I’d like to go further into detail about one day, but sourcing the content for that one is going to be rather tricky.

Happy Mondays – Loose Fix(sic)(Perfecto remix) : Again, some confusion on my part as this was credited as a Perfecto remix, but the original track was produced by Oakenfold & Osbourne and named Loose Fit. Loose Fix was the Grid remix 12″ issued seperately.

Jesus Jones – Zeroes and Ones(Prodigy remix) : It’s kind of odd thinking back to when Jesus Jones were hip and edgy for all of 2 minutes for the middle section of Info Freako.

Happy Mondays – Hallelujah(Deadstock remix) : Promo only remix of Hallelujah by Deadstock, who for some reason seem to have pretty much ignored throughout their releases, and are likely only memorable to a few for the fact they were featured on one of the Trance Europe Express sets.

The Stone Roses – I am the Resurrection(Jon Carter remix) : So if I’m going to mention the Happy Mondays, it’s only fair to mention the flip side of them in Grumpy Young Man’s Stone Roses. Amateurs!

Public Image Limited – Warrior (Dave Dorrell remix) : Again, I’d like to go into some detail where possible about Dave Dorrell and CJ Mackintosh, but as with DMC it’s not easy finding certain things. Twitch of Glasgow’s Optimo once said he had dumped a bunch of rave era discs in a landfill, and I have to assume there were a load of similar scenarios across the country. It’s possible that future generations will stumble across pockets of 12″ singles in future and invent a car that runs on Charly Lownoise and Mental Theo.

Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart(Kenlou B-Boy remix) : aka Kenny Gonzalez & Louie Vega aka Masters At Work.

Karl Denver – Wimoweh 89 : Inexplicably drafted by the Mondays for additional vocals on Lazyitis (One Armed Boxer) as part of their rehabilitation scheme (See also Donovan), Karl Denver goes on to re-record his 1961 hit with new backing from the Hacienda resident Graeme Park & Mike ‘M People’ Pickering. The results are thoroughly bewildering. Mike Pickering was responsible for one of the first British house music compilations with a record called North.

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However, on closer inspection it was found that it was 7/8th’s Mike Pickering and pals working under alias, and 1/8th A Guy Called Gerald.

Hacienda items on ebay

So, as mentioned late last year, the Stereo MC’s. I think I picked up their debut 33-45-78 when I was younger due to having noticed the involvement of Cesare after his scratching on some JAMMs/KLF records. I imagine everyone remembers Connected, so no real point in me posting that and I’d rather concentrate on a number of remixes from some likely subjects:

Creation (Slam Vocal) : According to a one time DJ friend, this was banned by the Stereo MC’s from release for being too dance oriented.

Step It Up(Leftfield Stereo Field Dub) : Another one I’d rate highly in Leftfield’s remixography.

Disconnected : Alternative take of the Jimmy “Bo” Horne : Let Me sampling Connected.

Deep Down and Dirty(Jon Carter Basement mix)

We Belong In This World Together(Chocolate Puma remix)

Everything (Sabres of Paradise Everything Grooves Part 2) : I can’t seem to find Part 1, although I did see it at HTFR on a promo double pack along with a Sabres on Main Street remix which sounds intriguing.

Tomorrow Never Knows(Vocal) : An unexpected cover version.

Also, I can’t really mention the Stereo MC’s without also drawing attention to their excellent work as Ultimatum, in-house remixers for 4th & Broadway, and in particular for The Jungle Brothers : Because I Got It Like That.

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy : Television, The Drug of a Nation(Ultimatum remix)

Stereo MC’s on ebay, but still no sign of that FSOL remix of Connected.

Updates will be kind of sporadic over this month as I’m preparing to move house in a few weeks, but I’ll try to keep up. If I disappear for an extended period, assume I’ve been crushed under a mountain of CDs that fell over while in transit.

Just a quick post to share something I found earlier today that I really didn’t expect to see again, the KLF/JAMMs press releases that were sometimes shipped with orders from their store as it was.

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The first one, handwritten by Bill Drummond, photocopied and inserted into the sleeve for Who Killed The JAMMs(I think) is the one I particularly remember from 20 years ago, but the rest are interesting as a time capsule of the greatest band that ever existed.

I don’t know if they were ever posted elsewhere as my searching proved inconclusive, but I found the following admittance to a very interesting bit of subterfuge by Strictly Kev & Mr Trick that JAMMs/KLF fans might enjoy over here.

KLF vs The Pet Shop Boys : So Hard(KLF remix)

KLF vs The Pet Shop Boys : It Must Be Obvious(UFO remix)

KLF items on ebay