Monday’s Long Song

‘What were the pies like when you were young?’ someone asked on Twitter on Friday night to which the answer could only be what Rickie Lee Jones replied to a very similar question…

“They went on forever, they, when I w- we lived in Arizona, and the skies always had little fluffy clouds in ’em, and, uh… they were long… and clear and… there were lots of stars at night. And, uh, when it would rain, it would all turn – it- They were beautiful, the most beautiful skies as a matter of fact. Um, the sunsets were purple and red and yellow and on fire, and the clouds would catch the colours everywhere. That’s uh, neat ’cause I used to look at them all the time, when I was little. You don’t see that. You might still see them in the desert.”

Skies mind not pies.

Little Fluffy Clouds is getting on for thirty years old and is one of the cornerstones of ambient house and never sounds old. On this track The Orb (at this point Alex Paterson, Thrash and Youth) borrowed heavily from Steve Reich, Ennio Morricone, Harry Nilsson and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry along with the vocal from Rickie and the snippet from John Waite at the start about ‘the traditional sounds of the British summer’. These two mixes aren’t too dissimilar despite their names and taken together give you almost a quarter of an hour of Little Fluffy Clouds to kick off your Monday.

Little Fluffy Clouds Ambient Mk.1

Little Fluffy Clouds Dance Mk. 2