Tripping

We are driving to London today to watch a friend run the London marathon on Sunday. He lost his wife Sarah to cancer four years ago aged just forty-two, leaving his three daughters without a Mum. He couldn’t run to the bottom of the road a few months ago so doing twenty-six miles is a big deal. If you’ve got any spare change down the back of the sofa or in that jar on the side and fancy making a donation his Just Giving page is here.

We won’t be driving back until Sunday evening so I doubt there will be any new posts here until Tuesday. ┬áSee you then. This is an early track from Battersea’s finest, The Orb.

Tripping On Sunshine (Live Mix)

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Higher

Last weekend BBC4 showed the Screamadelica classic album programme, an hour long celebration of 1991’s best album with contributions from many of those involved. One of the discussion points was whether Higher Than The Sun should be on the album in its edited or 12″ form, shorter or longer. Andrew Innes went for the shorter one for the sake of the flow of the record and everyone agreed this was right, with the proviso that the 12″ was the one for full tripped out enjoyment. Alex Paterson, who produced it as The Orb, reckons along with Little Fluffy Clouds it is the best thing he’s done. But there’s also another version of Higher Than The Sun, which goes further, a little bit longer, a little but higher, a little bit further out…

Higher Than The Sun (Higher Than The Kite)

O Je Suis Seul

Here’s another ‘I was looking for that but then I found this’ post. I was looking for an mp3 of West Bam’s Alarm Clock and couldn’t find it so did a search for ‘West’ and this came up- West India Company’s O Je Suis Seul (remixed in 1989 by Andrew Weatherall and on the flipside by Weatherall with Alex Paterson). I wasn’t intending to do another Weatherall related post so soon after the previous one but it’s a go-with-the-flow time of year right now.

West India Company were an interesting mix of people, including Vince Clarke (from Depeche Mode, Yazoo and Erasure, above left), Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe (from Blancmange, above centre and right respectively) and the legendary Indian singer Asha Bhosle, and they set about making synth pop with Indian rhythms and instruments in the mid 80s. By ’89 they were heading housewards. Weatherall and Paterson lived in neighbouring flats in Battersea and presumably they crossed paths somewhere. The Bhagwan Boogie Mix is a chuggy ambient house tune, peppered with Indian percussion and has an appearance of that ‘Yep, I know that feeling’ sample which Weatherall would re-use on Screamadelica. The Orient Express Mix is a bit more abstract and disembodied, more Orb-like in fact.

O Je Suis Seul (Bhagwan Boogie Mix)

O Je Suis Seul (Orient Express Mix)

Backside Of The Moon

The Aubrey Mixes: The Ultraworld Excursions was a remix album of The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld, released in December 1991 and deleted on the same day, offering alternate mixes of seven of the tracks. All work just as well as the original ones, this one in particular being an expansive Sunday morning treat.

Backside Of The Moon (Under Water Deep Space)

Blue Danube

The KLF were self evidently one of the best things about the late 80s/early 90s. The fact that their stadium house was as brilliant as their philosophy, pranks, activities and statements is a massive bonus. On this mix of 3 a.m. Eternal The Orb, old muckers of Jimmy Cauty- in fact Cauty had started The Orb with Alex Paterson- turn stadium house back into ambient house.

3 a.m. Eternal (Blue Danube Orb Mix)

Orbient

Two items from The Orb for Friday, masters of long dub-ambient workouts. First is this far out re-working of Towers Of Dub from the U.F.Orb album back in 1992. This version originally appeared on the Orb In Dub 12″ and after that the fifteenth anniversary re-issue, then the U.F. Off compilation (plus the Ultra Rare Tracks bootleg which is where I’ve taken it from). It contains a sample of Hudson and Landry’s comedy routine The Hippy and the Redneck.

Towers Of Dub (Ambient Mix)

Once you’ve digested that you can go here and grab The Orb Presents: Full Orbient, a nine track podcast mix from 2008, introduced by Alex Paterson and then full of treats, remixes and versions from The Dream. Well worth downloading, sitting back and letting it slide over you at the end of the working week.

Freaked Out For Another Day

In their 1993 and third Peel Session The Orb launched a sonic assault that was a long way from the trippy ambient dance they were renowned for- a cover of No Fun. Sit up and listen to this it seemed to say. It’s raucous, as snarly as Johnny Rotten on a bad day and could harsh your mellow, if it weren’t so much fun.

No Fun (Peel Session)