The Art Of Trance* ‎– Octopus

Vocals on Octopus are sampled from Sheila Chandra - Love Is A Killing Thing


Octopus 8:30
Orange 6:25

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PLAT 12 The Art Of Trance* Octopus(12") Platipus PLAT 12 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PLAT 17 The Art Of Trance* Octopus (Remixes)(12") Platipus PLAT 17 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PORCU 8 Art Of Trance The Complete 'Octopus'(4xFile, MP3, 320) Porcupine Records (2) PORCU 8 UK 2010
PLATMU092 Art Of Trance Octopus (The 2015 Remixes)(6xFile, MP3, 320) Platipus Music PLATMU092 UK 2015


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January 22, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Octopus (The 2015 Remixes), 6xFile, MP3, 320, PLATMU092


That hard groove and floor spirit of the original Octopus is absent in this remix set release. Only maybe excepting Perfect Stranger remix- which is made without any creativity, but only by altering old original synths by corresponding modern ones.

I've had the huge hope for enjoying these remixes, like numerous previous remix releases of the Platipus classics. But the hope has failed.

Only the original track is pleasing my ears. Others are just too far away from the initial track message/sound, using only original secondary vocal sample to be like it's the remix but not selfish music sketches.


January 20, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Octopus (The 2015 Remixes), 6xFile, MP3, 320, PLATMU092

one of my absolute favourite Art of Trance tunes getting 2015 remixes, at first i got all hyped up over this and more than a little pissed that it wasn't going to be a vinyl release but after listening to them i couldn't give a flying fuck.
They bare no semblance at all to the original, don't get me wrong, i love remixes that are a total departure from the original but these are shit.
The Perfect Stranger mix is instantly forgettable, -0/5, it is virtually identical to the original in terms of structure,except perfect stranger has robbed it of all the dramatic effect the original had, the synths & the mystical vocals that i loved have been muted so they sound muffled, the baseline is nothing to get excited about either, all in all a shithouse effort from Perfect Stranger, it really never should have been released.
My humble advice, buy the original !!!!


January 14, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Octopus, 12", PLAT 12

Not one comment on this classic from Art of trance! this is one of his best alongside Kaleidoscope, when you are in a purist mood there is no substitute for Platipus, it has all the elements that make a great trance track, at 140bpm it is more up tempo for Simon Berry with a strange sounding synth melody and the mystical female vocals used in this track never fails to grab my attention, i wish the simple but very beautiful acidic sounding 303 melody was used more but overall Octopus is a stunning track
Simon Berry at his best producing purist trance for the trance music purists !!!


September 18, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Octopus (Remixes), 12", PLAT 17

Martin Freeland (aka Man With No Name) has a history of delivering superlative remixes, and this is no exception.

In terms of style, it's similar to his remix of 'Bony Incus' by Eat Static, i.e. trippy and hard.

This remix will add urgency to any dance floor, and manages to retain the Indian mysicism associated with the original.