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Like A Motorway3:42
Like A Motorway (Chekhov Warp Dub)9:17
Like A Motorway (The David Holmes Mix)13:01
Like A Motorway (Skin Up, You're Already Dead)8:23

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    Cover of Like A Motorway, 1994-05-16, VinylLike A Motorway
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    Heavenly – HVN 40, Heavenly – HVN40UK1994UK1994
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    Heavenly – SCR 660371 2, Heavenly – 660371 2Europe1994Europe1994
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    Warner Bros. Records – PRO-CD-6962US1994US1994
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    Cover of Like A Motorway, 1994, VinylLike A Motorway
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    Heavenly – SCR 660371 6, Heavenly – 660371 6Europe1994Europe1994
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    • ED-209's avatar
      ED-209
      Barticle's review is an excellent description of this diverse yet somehow coherent EP. I won't add anything other than a +1 on this being one of the best early Autechre tracks- it's as good as anything from Amber and Incunabula.
      • blammoAMS's avatar
        blammoAMS
        It's a bit akward to realise this song is a straight-up cover version of a 19th-century folk song. To credit it purely to Stanley/Wiggs seems a bit bold. True, there is no original songwriter, it's a "traditional," but still, both Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs being musical historians almost, a fair nod to the tune 'Silver Dagger' would be appreciated. You can hear Joan Baez's version of the song here, including the line, "and in her right hand, a silver dagger..."
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH7eqNt7C5E
        • barticle's avatar
          barticle
          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.
          • scoundrel's avatar
            scoundrel
            Edited 18 years ago
            LIKE A MOTORWAY, a not-so-happy pop song off of Saint Etienne's TIGER BAY, gets some beat happy mixes. For some thudding proto-trip hop rhythms, turn to the Chemical Brothers' mix -- and this was back when they were still the Dust Brothers. David Holmes does a dark and long progressive house mix filled with plenty of squelching acid. Finally, Autechre fill in for Aphex Twin as the appointed IDM mix, with a slow, scraping mix that takes a single word, "skin," and makes way for a melodic ambient interlude before the rhythms skitter back in briefly. Less harsh than the Aphex Twin, but no less bewitching.

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