I’ve posted yet another old remix I put together up on my soundcloud page. This is a mix of the brilliant ‘Positive Light’ (basically Marc Mitchell) mix of Marillion’s ‘Face 1004’ which is taken from the ‘Tales from the Engine Room’ album. I fell in love with this track, and several others, when I first heard it on Paul Oakenfold’s first ‘world tour’ essential mix from Home in Sydney in 1999. I put this remix together again in 2003 (can you spot a pattern), September 2003 this time.
I’m not 100% on this mix but it’s not all bad. Just really playing around with short snippets of the track with some pretty natty keys I’ve put in which seemed to be a feature of the tracks I was making at this point. Around this time I got chatting with Marc via the chat program ‘ICQ’ (is that still going? we were all over it at university, alot of the time because you could send free text messages from it to mobiles (my first one as well, which obviously dates me!). I never actually sent him this track, as like now I think I wasn’t 100% on it but I can confirm that he came across as a really nice bloke. It goes without saying that he is just an amazing talent. Perhaps one of my favourite tracks of his being Human Movement’s ‘Love has come again’. Just beautifully produced and what an amazing voice.
I’ve uploaded another old remix I put together, this time from April 2003. I was using the PHatmatic pro on basically every track I was making at that time and was attacking quite a few tracks I loved with it. This is another track from that period. The arrangement is actually typically dance and is a bit out of character for me, it being pretty conventional and to my ears sounds a bit more coherent than you might normally expect to hear from a track of mine. It’s a fairly straightforward production, but one that works well, especially at keeping it’s energy up.
I first heard the original of this track on Jon Lisle’s brilliant ‘autobiography’ mix. I met Jon shortly after I’d put this together but perhaps unsurprisingly he didn’t like it because to his ear it had some ‘euro’ elements to it which I would have thought were the lead synth line towards the end. The original ‘surreal’ mix is a moody as they come trance break beat track which blows this mix out the water but I thought I’d put it up for people to hear as I recon it’s got it’s charms. I was really churning out the tracks at this point, riding a wave of enthusiasm.