Monday, 20 May 2013

Orgy - Blue Monday (Optical Mix)


Orgy - Blue Monday (Optical Mix) (F-111, 1998)

Writing about Bad Company's Green Velvet sampling 'Spider' the other day got me thinking about this little known Optical remix that shared a side of a 12" with a mix by the Chicago legend. F-111 was a short lived division of Warner Bros run by DJ DB and Andrew Goldstone which focused on electronic music and put out a compilation of Green Velvet's previous singles, including 'Flash', in 2000. F-111 also had a drum & bass sublabel called Higher Education.

DJ DB played a massive role in bringing drum & bass to the United States, initially as a DJ and then helping establish Sm:)e Communications, the first label to release jungle in America. He went on to co-found the Breakbeat Science label and Brooklyn record store with DJ Dara, while also releasing numerous mix albums including The Higher Education Drum & Bass Session on F-111.

Orgy were/are an alternative rock band and they released this rather dodgy cover of New Order's classic Blue Monday in 1998. The 12" I have only includes Optical's instrumental mix but there was also a vocal mix which you can listen to on Spotify here. Although Optical limits the vocals to the intro and breakdown they're pretty terrible so the instrumental mix is definitely the one to go for. Optical crafts a clinical neurofunk style tune that fortunately bears little relation to the original track while sounding very similar to the unreleased 'Bleep Bleep' with the same drums and synth sounds.

Check out this live two hour history of drum & bass mix from 2004 by DJ DB and DJ Dara. You can download it here courtesy of Stress Factor who are also hosting a number of other DJ DB mixes.


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