Orangewarrior

Retro 97 Mix

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In order to understand the present, sometimes one must look into the past. It is, after all, the memories that make up the “you” of who you are. If you are to erase them, and your past, would you be an entirely new person? Perhaps you’ll make the same mistakes again. And buy all that expensive vinyl. 😊 In the case of Orangewarrior, the past includes a collection of electronic and ambient music of the mid-90s. And that precisely coincides with my very own “becoming” of the time, which is why I’m very much excited about this special mix. This is a fun journey down the memory lane which I hope you will enjoy with us. See a blurb on the mix plus the entire tracklisting below!

As lockdown was starting around the world, the hashtag #Me@20 saw folks posting photos of themselves age 20 online, often embarrassing and gawky with bad hair and worse clothes. Well, I had a root around and as a notorious photo-phobe, the only snap from around that time I could still find was of my student digs (see photo attached), which it gave me the idea for this mix – a snapshot of my favourite music from when I was not yet 21…

History will say that music in Britain ’97 was all about Spice Girls, Britpop or The Prodigy, but for me, it was an exciting time in electronic music – Detroit and Berlin techno sounds had been drifting into the UK clubs from different continents, the sounds absorbed, processed and reshaped by pioneering labels like Warp, R&S, Rephlex, Mo Wax, Ninjatune, Skam, and many others… often dismissively labelled as “eclectic” in Tower Records or Virgin Megastore. A few years earlier, we’d go from The Orb all-nighter raves to ambient techno clubs like Telepathic Fish, Quirky and Club Megadog, absorbing influences from DJs like Mixmaster Morris, DJ Food, Aphex Twin, μ-Ziq and so on… As we got older, the scene evolved and splintered in different musical directions but was often guided by the same producers and labels.

This mix is my love letter to those times of exciting vinyl hunting, and some of my most beloved tracks. I’d hope that listeners can enjoy the warm glow of familiarity with some tunes and then be surprised by an old gem unearthed, or polished in a different way than they might remember.

Nostalgia has proven to be a great comfort in the last few disturbing months, and I hope that for a couple of hours at least, I can transport you back to the heady days of late 90s electronica… be that at the Blue Note Solid Steel sessions, That’s How It Is, or just sat around a pair of turntables with good friends and endless nights… Enjoy!

Tracklisting

1. B12 – Soundtrack of Space (Warp) 1993
2. Neuro Project – Wizard of the Four Winds (3 Beat) 1993
3. Knights of the Occasional Table – Rain (Planet Dog) 1993
4. The Irresistible Force – Symphony In E (Rising High) 1992
5. Higher Intelligence Agency – Conoid Tone (Beyond) 1993
6. Beaumont Hannant – Utuba (Warp) 1994
7. Bola – Forcasa3 (Skam) 1998
8. Sun Electric – O’Locco (Hyperfloral) (Thomas Fehlmann Remix) (Apollo / R&S) 1993
9. Kinesthesia – Flicklife (Cylob Mix) (Rephlex) 1996
10. La Funk Mob – Motor Bass Gets Phunked Up (Electrofunk Remix) (Mo Wax) 1994
11. LFO – Tied Up Electro (Warp) 1994
12. Link – Antacid (Jedi Knights Remix) (Warp) 1995
13. Space Djz – Celestial Funk (Infonet) 1995
14. Bomb The Bass – Absorber (4th & Broadway) 1994
15. Autechre – Flutter (Warp) 1994
16. Speedy J / De-Orbit (Plus 8) 1991
17. The Future Sound of London – Cascade, Pt. 1 (Virgin) 1993
18. Aphex Twin – On (Reload remix) (Warp) 1993
19. Reload – Le Soleil et La Mer (Infonet) 1993
20. Strata 3 – (It’s Not) A Man’s World (Bush) 1994
21. Air Liquide – Stratus Static (Rising High) 1994
22. DJ Shadow – In/Flux (Alternative Interlude ’93) (Mo Wax) 1993
23. La Funk Mob – Ravers Suck Our Sound (N.O.W. Mix) (Mo Wax) 1994
24. The Sabres Of Paradise – Bubbles & Slide (Nightmares On Wax Mix) (Warp) 1995
25. Nightmares On Wax – What I’m Feeling (Rae & Christian Mix) (Warp) 1996
26. DJ Food – Dark Lady (Ninja Tune) 1994
27. RAC – Scuba (Warp) 1996
28. Les Rythmes Digitales – Kontakte (Wall of Sound) 1996
29. UNKLE – Coffeehouse Conversation (Plaid mix) (Mo Wax) 1994
30. Plaid – Headspin (Warp) 1997
31. Push Button Objects – Non-Existant (Keyed in by Gescom) (Chocolate Industries) 1998
32. Boards Of Canada – Happy Cycling (Music 70) 1998
33. Meat beat manifesto – Prime audio soup (Vegetarian soup by Boards of Canada) (PIAS) 1998
33. bubbahs tum – dirty great mable (boards of canada remix) (iLL) 1997
34. Akasha – Brown sugar (PFM’s cosmic journey Remix) (Wall of Sound) 1997
35. Photek – rings around saturn (Photek) 1995
35. Peshay – On The Nile (Metalheadz) 1996
37. Forme – New Element (Good Looking Records) 1996
38. Wagon Christ – Pull My Strings (Oven Baked Mix) (Rising High) 1995
39. Squarepusher – Tundra (Rephlex) 1996
40. Lemon D – Manhattan Melody (Hardleaders) 1996
41. Alex Reece – Pulp Fiction (Metalheadz) 1995
42. Alex Reece – Jazz Master (K&D Session™) (4th & Boadway) 1995
43. The Orb – Towers of Dub (WAU! Mr Modo) 1992
45. DJ Food – Consciousness (Ninja Tune) 1994
45. AIR – Modulor (Modulor Mix Produced By Solid) (Source Lab) 1995