[RWD] Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene 8 (Sunday Club Remix)

1997 | Epic

1997 | Epic

The ReWind series exists as merely an aid in the discovery (or rather, rediscovery) of the unintentionally forgotten, or the often overlooked tracks of yesteryear.

I thought it would be nice to end ReWind’s 2014 run with a slightly longer, more atmospheric track of sorts. As such, I went digging into the back catalogue of famed French electronic music composer Jean Michel Jarre.

His father wrote film scores, such as the ones for Lawrence of Arabia or Dr Zhivago, but Jean Michel didn’t do so bad himself, managing to get three Guiness Book records for the number of people gathered at his concerts. Additionally, he worked with NASA to have astronaut Ronald McNair play the saxophone part of his Randez-Vous VI piece, while in orbit. Following the Challenger disaster, the piece was retitled Ron’s piece and the entire album was dedicated to those 7 who lost their lives. Jarre is also a UNESCO Goodwill ambassador.

And now that we’ve gotten those facts out of the way, here’s the thing you probably know him for best: Oxygene. His 1976 album received lots of praise from critics, despite the fact that it took quite some work on Jarre’s part to get it published. The long-player contained 6 tracks, Oxygene Part I through VI, using similar synth arrangements. Later, in 1997, he released Oxygene 7-13, a continuation of his ’76 album.

It just so happens that while I was researching the bits above about Jean Michel Jarre, I  stumbled upon Sunday Club, a Stuart King and Marc Mitchell alias. The duo’s debut track, Palladian Dawn is quite the thing to listen to, but since they’ve done a remix for Oxygene 8, the decision to feature it seemed logical.

Throughout its 12 and a half minute run, the Sunday Club remix slowly starts showing all its facets, sporting a slightly more pronounced baseline than the original, but keeping the main synth unchanged. This rework is slightly darker and features an interesting breaks segment about halfway through. With all that in mind, this production’s highlight is not the sound of the baseline, nor is it the breaks segment. The way it builds up is very smooth, nearly effortless, making its length seem irrelevant. It’s sad that the majority of today’s tracks don’t quite come close to creating the atmosphere of their older counterparts, such as this one.

Enough with the wall of text. Here’s the sample you’ve been waiting for:

Released: UK & Europe / Style: Trance / Year: 1997 / Label: Epic Records

Listen. If you enjoyed it, hit that like button. Even better still, share & comment if you liked it. 😀

ReWind will return Friday, 9th of January 2015. 😀


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