Saint Etienne ‎– Like A Motorway

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Heavenly ‎– HVN 4012
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
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A1 Like A Motorway
Engineer – Ian CattMixed By – Rick Smith
5:43
A2 Like A Motorway (Chekhov Warp Dub)
Engineer – Steve DubRemix, Producer [Additional Production] – The Dust Brothers (2)
9:18
B1 Like A Motorway (The David Holmes Mix)
Engineer – Gary Burns, Jagz KoonerRemix, Producer [Additional Production] – David Holmes
13:01
B2 Like A Motorway (Skin Up, You're Already Dead)
Remix, Producer [Additional Production] – Autechre
8:24

Credits

  • Artwork By [Design] – Anthony Sweeney @ Fusion
  • Photography – Paul Kelly
  • ProducerSaint Etienne
  • Written-ByStanley*, Wiggs*

Notes

Original mix recorded at Cat Music Mitcham
Mixed at Lemonworld Hornchurch

Both labels incorrectly state that the record plays at 45 rpm.

Other Versions (5 of 14) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HVN 40CD Saint Etienne Like A Motorway(CD, Single) Heavenly HVN 40CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
HVN 40 CD St. Etienne* Motorway(Cass, Single, Promo) Heavenly HVN 40 CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
HVN 40, HVN40 Saint Etienne Like A Motorway(7", Single) Heavenly, Heavenly HVN 40, HVN40 UK 1994 Sell This Version
HVN 40 CS Saint Etienne Like A Motorway(Cass, Single) Heavenly HVN 40 CS UK 1994 Sell This Version
SCR 660371 2, 660371 2 Saint Etienne Like A Motorway(CD, Maxi) Heavenly, Heavenly SCR 660371 2, 660371 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version

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October 15, 2008
You have to commend St Etienne for their admirable choice of mixers on this release where even the original version - an upbeat pop number with pretty, poetic and ultimately quite poignant vocals - is mixed by Rick Smith of Underworld.

The first remix comes from the Chemical Brothers - around a year before ditching their earlier Dust Brothers moniker - with midtempo breakbeats, deep bassline and some great sections of melodic distortion (I guess you need to hear it yourself to understand what I mean there).

Next up is David Holmes, accompanied by his regular Sabres engineers, with a combination of bassline, percussion and acid-line that sounds not unlike Hardfloor. He recorded a lot of long (10+ minutes) techno tracks like this around 1993/4 but his mixes of 'Come Into My Life', 'Smokebelch II' and particularly his own epic 'Johnny Favourite' on Warp from the same period are more effective.

The single saves the best till last. I'm sure that some fans of nu-skool glitched-out Autechre will dismiss their remix here as being too pretty but if, like me, you love the IDM masterpiece that is their 'Amber' LP then you really need to check this out. The exquisite composition takes an entrancing metallic percussion loop and adds elegant tones and a single repeated syllable. The central ambient breakdown is so long that whenever I listen on a Walkman I always think that I must've lost myself in the music and not noticed the break and surely this must be the outro now because the break can't be this long... but then finally the percussion drops back in, a whole three minutes later. Quite sublime, and easily one of my favourite Autechre tracks.