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Don’t search for any Orb tracks on this mix. There aren’t any. It’s a mix of the songs The Orb have used and sampled in the course of their first albums! Rock, pop, soul, dub, reggae, avant-garde electronics, Space samples, radio shows, jazz and classical are here 🙂 Enjoy this Orbesque mix!
Tracklisting :
1) A conversation with Ricki Lee Jones / Little Fluffy Clouds (1990)
2) Steve Reich feat. Pat Metheny : Electric Counterpoint – Fast (Movement 3)/ Little Fluffy Clouds (1990)
3) Ennio Morricone : L’uomo Dell’armonica / Little Fluffy Clouds (1990)
4) Bill Evans : Spartacus Love Theme / Spanish Castles in Space (1991)
5) Dunya Yunis : Abu Zeluf / Outlands (Glastonbury 26.6.93) (1993)
6) Prince Far I : Long life (Blue room 1992)
7) Martin Luther King : I have a dream speech / Outlands (Glastonbury 26.6.93)
8) Misty in roots : Man kind / Perpetual Dawn (Ultrabass 2 1991)
9) Burning Spear – Civilised reggae / U.F.Orb
10) Johnny Osbourne and Papa Tullo – Back Off / Star 6 & 7 8 9
11) The Upsetters Blackboard Jungle Dub / Outlands
12) Harry Nilsson – Jump Into the Fire / Drums on Little Fluffy Clouds (1990)
13) Mad Professor – Fast Forward Into Dub / (Blue room 1992)
14) Victor Lewis-Smith – An Ting / Towers of Dub
15) The Tape-Beatles – Desire / Majestic
16) Antonio Vivaldi – E, R.271 “L’Amoroso”: 2nd Movement “Cantabile” / Into the Fourth Dimension
17) Gregorio Allegri – Miserere / Into the Fourth Dimension
18) Trailer from Flash Gordon (1990) / Earth (Gaia)
19) Colin Wilson : Notes on Abraham Maslow: The Peak Experience / O.O.B.E.
20) Footage of Apollo Missions (Part 1) – For all mankind part 1 / Back side of the Moon
21) Sex Pistols – Big Tits Across America / Back side of the Moon
22) Footage of Apollo Missions (Part 2) – For all mankind part 1 / Back side of the Moon
23) Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You / A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Centre of the Ultraworld
24) Bobby and Betty Go to the Moon (1966) / KLF : 3 A.M. Eternal (Blue Danube Orbital) [1989]
25) Peter Page as Rags the Robot Dog, Marya Small as Dr. Nero and Woody Allen as Miles Monroe in Sleeper (1973)

Sampled mix

de laSampling, the art of taking a few seconds of an old song, and looping it with while making all together a brand new song. I first discovered what sampling was about when I watch a BBC documentary around 1996 when De la soul were featured sampling a record on a Akai MPC3000. Then, I discovered ATCQ, Massive attack and countless of others. I became fascinated by the whole culture. Record collecting yes but above all what were these mysterious records used by people such as Marley Marl, DJ Shadow or Alex Patterson. The most beautiful thing you learn from it is the tremendous music culture one can gain through listening to those old records like Marlena Shaw and Woman of the ghetto that was released on Blue note. At the time Massive attack released Mezzanine, the Internet existed (in 1998) but it could takes years before you could be able to identify what a particular sample was used. You had to buy the record, and that’s what I did. Take Black Milk for instance. The bassline comes from Manfred Mann’s tribute (1972). I probably discovered it 10 years after Mezzanine’s release. That’s what the true idiosyncracies of sampling were, and still are : bringing obscure bands or songs of the past at the forefront of modern music. David Axelrod is good example of that : he was brought back on the music by being sampled by DJ Shadow.

There are so many good old records. Remember that everything comes from something else. Knowing the musical roots is essential and in this day an age of the age of the Internet there are no excuse for being ignorant and lazy. Everyting is one click away and sites like Whosampled provide comprehensive guidelines for beginners.

Here are my top 5 favorite samples :

  1. The Chi-Lites – Are You My Woman (1970)
  2. Banbarra – Shack Up (1975)
  3. Freddie Hubbard – Little Sunflower (1967)
  4. Moondog – Bird’s Lament (1969)
  5. Pekka Pohjola – Sekoilu Seestyy  (1974)
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Blue lines a masterpiece of sampling

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