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.
Those of you who’ve been following this blog for a while will know that I’m a big fan of Breeder‘s stuff, having featured no fewer than six tracks from them (two remixes and four original productions) in the past. I haven’t exhausted their back catalogue just yet, so on we go with the seventh track.
Simon and Rowan’s 1999 was certainly busy, with the release of Twilo Thunder and Rockstone, plus their remixes of Not Over Yet, Under The Water, Phoenix and this week’s ReWind feature. Before we take a look at the remix, maybe we should get familiar with the creators of the original track, yes?
Paul and Phil Hartnoll were the masterminds behind one of the most appreciated British electronic music outfits out there, which was Orbital. The M25, the orbital motorway of Greater London was the inspiration for the duo’s name, given its important role in the development of the early rave scene during the acid house era. Since the late 1980s through to mid-2004, the two brothers released an impressive amount of singles and LPs, 9 albums in total, two of which were OSTs for 1997’s Event Horizon and 2003’s Octane, respectively. The did split up in 2004, later reuniting in 2009. However, after another 5 years, they parted ways for good.
Focusing in a little, we arrive at the 1999 Full Frequency Range Recordings (FFRR) release which contained remixes for Belfast and Nothing Left. While we’re on the subject of the second track, it’s worth keeping in mind that there were two versions of the original. Both were included on Orbital‘s The Middle Of Nowhere album, titled as Nothing Left 1 and Nothing Left 2. The second and more famous variant was released as a single, with the first version remaining only on the album. Amidst the breakbeat arrangement one was able to hear the vocals performed by Alison Goldfrapp, a vocalist Orbital used for their Snivilisation album as well.
In true Breeder style, the makeover results in a masterfully executed progressive number, full of subtlety and sporting an absolutely infectious groove. It’s one of those productions that gets stuck in your head for a long while, but remains fresh no matter how many times you hear it. I will let the bickering commence on whether this is progressive house or progressive trance, all the while playing this in the background.
Until next week, enjoy the fantastic Breeder Remix of Orbital, Nothing Left:
Country: UK / Style: Progressive / Year: 1999 / Label: Full Frequency Range Recordings (FFRR)
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