The Orb ‎– Little Fluffy Clouds

Big Life ‎– BLR 33T, WAU! Mr. Modo Recordings ‎– BLR 33T
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single

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A Little Fluffy Clouds: Dance Mk 2
Engineer – Greg HunterMixed By – Thrash, YouthProducer – The Orb, YouthWritten-By – A Paterson*, M Glover*
B1 Into The Fourth Dimension: Essenes Beyond Control
Bass – Nigel Bass Man*Drums – Big Paul*Engineer – Michael BrammonMixed By – Andy Falconer, ThrashProducer – Andy Falconer, The OrbVocals – MC TyrellzibubWritten-By – A Paterson*, M Glover*, P Ferguson*
B2 Little Fluffy Clouds: Ambient Mk 1
Engineer – Greg HunterMixed By – Andy Falconer, The OrbProducer – The Orb, YouthWritten-By – A Paterson*, M Glover*

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A and B2: engineered at Do Not Erase Studio, programmed at The Coach House
B1: recorded at Berwick Street Studio 26.08.90, drums by Big Paul 'live' at Turnstyle Studio NYC 20.08.90

Little Fluffy Clouds samples an interview with Rickie Lee Jones from a special edition of Jones' album Flying Cowboys. Also samples harmonica from Ennio Morricone - 'Man With A Harmonica' and guitar from Steve Reich & Pat Metheny 'Electric Counterpoint - Fast (Movement 3)'

℗ 1990 WAU! Mr. Modo Recordings / Big Life Records
© 1990 WAU! Mr. Modo Recordings / Big Life Records

Re-issued with a new catalog#, BLRT 98.

Durations are not printed on the release

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 016721 200334
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5016721200334
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): BLR 33TA2 ORB B WITH U
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): BLR 33TAA2 ORB B OUT U

Other Versions (5 of 26) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BLR 33 R The Orb Little Fluffy Clouds (Remix)(12", W/Lbl) Big Life BLR 33 R UK 1990 Sell This Version
none Orb* Little Fluffy Clouds(CDr, Promo) Island Records none UK 1998 Sell This Version
BLRR 98 The Orb Little Fluffy Clouds (Remix)(12", RE, Single) Big Life BLRR 98 UK 1993 Sell This Version
BLRT 98 The Orb Little Fluffy Clouds(12", Promo, RE, W/Lbl) Big Life, WAU! Mr. Modo Recordings BLRT 98 UK 1993 Sell This Version
FLUFF001 The Orb Fluffy Little Remix(12", S/Sided, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label (The Orb) FLUFF001 UK 1998 Sell This Version


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August 20, 2017
Ignoring the cataloguing and re-releases there are basically three sets/versions;
The UK ver and remix (numbered versions c/w Into the fourth...)
The US ver and remix (named versions by Coldcut) annoying spread over 2 near identical 12" and cd
and the later US/Island mixes.
Confusingly the short version/main mix is called both the "Dance Mix MK I Edit" and the "Seven Inch Mk 1"


February 22, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
Weston is only listed as "mixer", but claims what he did was more like "remix & additional production". He got tourette's, he says. I'm not fullt sure what it is, but he seems almost a bit psychotic when he writes about the band nowdays. He says Fehlmann looks like an "aids victim", for instance, because of his lack of hair. Could it be a misspell? Maybe it's "aid victim" he means, hinting that Paterson might be a nazi? Could it be a weird type of humour? Like "Hello, I'm rag" maybe. Maybe a saucer picked him up and gave him rabies, and put him down again. Maybe the same ones that steel cows? In interviews Paterson says "people will die" if they get to know where the drums were sampled from. The vocals were sampled from an interview with Ricky Lee Jones. This was the first time Thrash was in the band, circa around when the second Peel Session was aired, where he was mixing. He also co-wrote "Earth" on the debut album, and was then a full time second member on "U.F.Orb". "Little Fluffy Clouds" was re-issue'd by Big Life in November 1993, with a different catalogue number, delaying the live album on Island Records. It was then an even bigger hit than in November 1990.


September 2, 2010
I don't know much about this type of music but I can tell you that I think "Little Fluffy Clouds (Dance MK II)" is a great Ambient-ish track. I like how catchy it is and how it carries you through the whole song. I can never get tired of this single.


July 9, 2003

The entire theme, including the bassline, is from a traditional Hindu song, originally written for sitar and other traditional instruments. The lyrics have been added later and were not part of the original.


April 7, 2003
Samples Steve Reich - Counterpoint (part two, I think). I think that The Orb got into a lot of trouble for it.