Photek ‎– U.F.O. / Rings Around Saturn

Photek ‎– PTK06
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM


A U.F.O. 6:14
AA Rings Around Saturn 7:28

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  • Design [Designed By]M. Standere*
  • Lacquer Cut ByStu*
  • Written-By, Producer [Produced By]Photek


℗ MCA Music 1995.
© Photek 1995.

A: 164 BPM
AA: 166 BPM

"Rings Around Saturn" appears on the LTJ Bukem compilation "Logical Progression" under the title "Pharaoh", presumably a reference to the Pharoah Sanders track "Astral Traveling" that it samples.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): PTK 6 A-01-01-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side AA, stamped): PTK 6 AA-01-01-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side AA, etched): THE FINAL CUT FOR 'STU' AT MASTERPIECE RIP.


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December 25, 2018

Two great unique tracks by Photek, great tracks!! :-) Really recommend!


July 5, 2018

as for me U.F.O. didn't deliver any valuable sound itself, I don't say it is bad or smth, just not my kind of taste, the tune is interesting for those kind of listeners
but I have to admit that Rings Around Saturn is a very complex snare/percussion built tune with space-fx, that's what we hugely love Photek for
nice release, should have influenced intelligent dnb at it's time pretty much


February 8, 2018

Words don't do this 12" release justice, others have written aplenty already about its position is the hall of fame, being top 5 for me. The sound that surmises Photek as well as any other of his great works. One of my desert island discs for sure.


January 23, 2018
Rings Around Saturn is simply a classic, ground breaking piece of drum & bass, jungle - whatever the label/genre is... it sounds great.

Initially heard on the Logical Progression album by Bukem, known as 'Pharoah' - rinsed by the same DJ, plus Fabio etc around 95-96.

It's a rolling, cosmic journey with a great bassline to compliment everything else that is going on. Deep as the ocean and miles away from some of the junk that was played out at the time.

This has not aged one bit... the flip, UFO is a harder amen type track but also very good.

If you have a copy, don't sell it. If you don't have a copy, buy one!



January 7, 2018
If I am not mistaken this was the last track cut by the mastering engineer - a fitting epitaph.


December 16, 2016
edited over 2 years ago

U.F.O. Samples the actual voice recordings taken from the UFO incident in Rendlesham Forest Bentwaters Woodbridge in East Anglia, not far up the road from i, Photek's use of this is superb, J Majik's Remix on this Photek Release is superb aswell So, was it an actual UFO sighting? just read this book
As a footnote my mate told me a few things about that Base and what they were supposedly not storing!! my mate was also told a few things by the residents of Woodbridge who were told to retract certain statements (by certain people!!) and was also told a few things by the farmer too, interesting stuff which was not all documented!! my mate is a friendly person who was in Woodbridge alot due to the very nature of the job they carried out, you get talking to people etc and it's surprising what you learn.
No doubt about it, it was our most significant UFO sighting, so not really just a tune, Photek must have been intrigued himself to produce it, be good to know what Photek's thoughts were on it..


July 8, 2016

Double A Side but two very contrasting tracks. Essential purchase!


February 9, 2014

Another two Speed classics from back in the day... Both of which just blew us away, though it was particularly 'Rings Of Saturn' that hooked us into it. I remember thinking to myself while a group of us were down at SPEED listening to this track for the first time, "How the hell does one dance to this stuff... ?" We just couldn't help but say to each other "Totally Sci-Fi, man... Totally Sci-Fi." nodding our heads away in rhythmic acknowledgement about how good this was. This was another one of those classic tracks that totally managed to break Drum & Bass out of the confined amen break mould that many artists had consigned themselves to repeat ad-infinitum.

The B side, called 'Rings Of Saturn', was the first of these two that we heard being played out. If I remember rightly, it got a double rewind that evening at SPEED under Bukem's hand. I still recall just how enamoured I was with that sound. I had to push my way through the crowd over to the decks to ask some tall chap standing there, behind Bukem while he was spinning, what this was called. He looked over at the acetate revolving around and just shrugged back at me. In many ways it didn't matter what it was called... That sound of the rain falling down, pitter-patter, with wind chimes gentle knocking together as though a light breeze had blown through them, sent shivers up my spine... One just didn't have tunes like this anywhere else... Then those congos that echoed out a sort of sparse rhythmic pattern, left you guessing where it could go next. A bar or so latter, it was all accompanied by a lush, tremolo'ed metallic Rhodes sound (which is the sample taken from Pharoah Sander's track called "Astral Travelling"), who's two notes seemed to be tangled with bird-song. Then came in that punchy double bass, layered for effect with some subtle guitar licks to give a totally funked "way-out there" feeling... Eventually some electronic strings layer over the top of the mix for a minute or two, letting the listener soak up this astral vibe, until some extra punchy hits dart out of the mix, driving it way, way off the usual Drum & Bass mode. As it progressed, this concoction of melody and abstract rhythm marched my imagination away, off into the outer reaches of space. Subtle changes let it develop gradually, eventually leading the whole track into just a drum and bass work out... A work out that was so far-out, you'd never heard anything anywhere like it before.

Later that evening, while up at the bar buying a couple bottles of water, I noticed the guy who I had spoken to behind the decks earlier. He nodded to me and said that the sample was off a Pharoah Sanders track and that the tune itself was called 'Saturn' by 'Codes of Practice' (one of Photek's aliases). We know that's not the case now, but that was the vagueness with which a lot of these acetates came around with. Most hadn't even got names when they were handed over on DAT to the DJs to cut up at Music House and then play out the very next weekend. Still, being a boy who had grown up with images of Saturn on my bedroom walls, most which had been gathered from the Voyager 1 mission, I totally got the feeling as to why it was named so.

The Pharoah Sander's track, which 'Rings Of Saturn' samples, is called 'Astral Travelling' and can be heard here:

Certainly the A side was played out a fair bit too... Though it was darker and more minimal than a lot of the other tunes being played down at SPEED at the time. Saying that, some of the guys I went down there with were huge X-Files fans, which I remember everyone was into at the time on TV, so it kind of suited the era. Still, it was the minimal beat work that got me grooving to this... As when it was played on the dance floor, it just opened it up to a shuffle step, rude-bwoy style. Listening to it at the time before knoew what it was (and thinking of 'Swing Time' and 'The Wedge' on Metalheadz), I originally thought that it was probably a Hidden Agenda number... However, after recognizing a brief out lay of hashed up 'Natural Born Killa EP' style break-editing layered in between some them beats, it dawned on me that it was probably a Rupert Parks special.

For most people, I think it was (and still is) 'Rings Of Saturn' that takes the trophy... One can still play it out today, whether in ambient sets, Drum & Bass sets, etc... Thus it's timeless... Not to mention that its versatility was a direct result of one of Drum & Basses geniuses that dared to see how far the sound could be pushed beyond the rest. Easily 5/5!


September 1, 2013

U.F.O is one of my fav Photek tracks, really is a pleasure to listen too. 95 was such a classy sound.


July 17, 2013
Rings Around Saturn is my favorite DNB track ever, actually flat out one of my favorite tracks of any genre. The sound doesn't sound aged at all - really is there any other electronic track from ~1995 that stands the test of time this well? Not even Basic Channel or Robert Hood IMO.

The drums are so damn crisp and absolute perfection on top of the ambient washes. The funky samples are like magic.