David Holmes ‎– Johnny Favourite

Warp Records ‎– WAP 42CD
CD, Single


1 Johnny Favourite (Exploding Plastic Inevitable Mix) 15:41
2 Johnny Favourite (Exploding Plastic Ambience Mix) 9:30

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Written produced engineered & mixed by Jagz Kooner & Gary Burns (for The Sabres of Paradise)
℗ 1994 Warp Records. © 1994 Warp Records.

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  • Barcode (Text): 5 021603 042025 >
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5021603042025
  • Matrix / Runout: WAPCD42 10272551 01 & MADE IN U.K. BY PDO

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WAP 42 David Holmes Johnny Favourite(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Warp Records WAP 42 UK 1994 Sell This Version
WAP 42 David Holmes Johnny Favourite(12") Warp Records WAP 42 UK 1994 Sell This Version
WAP 42CDD David Holmes Johnny Favourite(2xFile, FLAC, Single, RE) Warp Records WAP 42CDD UK Unknown


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May 29, 2012
edited over 2 years ago

This is what I had to say about it in 2000:

Composed almost entirely from Tangerine Dream samples (from Poland, Force Majeure, and the Wavelength soundtrack, if you're trainspotting) backed by a TR-909, and partly inspired by Alan Parker’s thriller Angel Heart, the 1994 trance techno single "Johnny Favourite" was David Holmes' first release under his own name ... although it was actually a collaboration between Holmes and Sabres of Paradise members Jagz Kooner and Gary Burns.

And here is my review from April 1994:

Summary: An infectious trancer disappointingly reliant on loops sampled from Tangerine Dream.

This is probably going to burst somebody's bubble, but the meat of this track is provided not by David Holmes but by his cleverly programmed sampler, looping segments from two of my favorite Tangerine Dream albums: Force Majeure ('79) and Poland ('84). The Inevitable mix is dominated by trademark Sabres of Paradise production: prominent hi-hats that hiss, spit & slide, a steady kick drum, and flangey reverb. Holmes adds a thoughtful, anthemic flutey progression under the penetrating drum machine, but the Tangerine Dream loops make the song. I don't mean to sound like one of those folks who thinks that how a song was created is more important than the end result, but hearing these samples used in a context so similar to where they were originally really makes me wish Holmes wasn't getting all the credit. The Ambience mix uses the same sounds, minus most of the drum machine, letting the rhythmic samples move your head into a new space in classic TaDream style. This is another one of those this-is-what-Tangerine-Dream-OUGHT-to-be-doing tracks, like David Morley's Shuttle EP on R&S last year.


April 20, 2009

David Holmes debut single, _Johnny Favourite_, comes on no less than Warp, and though it seems to come from the time when progressive house ruled the land, it shows Holmes’ talent for rhythmic propulsion. The “Exploding Plastic Inevitable Mix” grounds the beat with what sounds like guitar strumming, then, halfway through, jumping into the atmosphere with an angelic vocal, and, at the 2/3s point, an ambient break. The “Exploding Plastic Ambience Mix” starts at the halfway point (without the beats, of course) and introduces small dribs of rhythm and the filtered guitar line.