PhotekU.F.O. / Rings Around Saturn

Label:Photek – PTK06
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Style:Drum n Bass


AARings Around Saturn7:28

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


Track durations not listed on release.

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

Other Versions (4)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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U.F.O. / Rings Around Saturn (12", 45 RPM, White Label, Test Pressing)PhotekPTK 6UK1995
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U.F.O. / Rings Around Saturn (12", Promo, 45 RPM)PhotekPTK 6UK1996
U.F.O. (Addison Groove Remix) / Rings Around Saturn (Breach Remix) (12", 45 RPM, White Label)Not On LabelPHBOOT001UK2011
U.F.O. (Addison Groove Remix) / Rings Around Saturn (Breach Remix) (CDr, Single, Promo)Not On LabelnoneUK2011
  • Heaven45's avatar
    Edited one month ago
    Full release came out in 1996. Not 1995 as stated. Essential purchase.
    • MentalBass's avatar
      In general Rings around Saturn is the "intelligent" Jungletrack of ages to come. Only Source Direct matches the sheer complex of beat (Hence their track "Complexities").
      Marvellous wizard of beats. Nowadays i sit on edge of a chair if I hear anything Photek...... "IS the man coming back to save DnB?"
      • dudkinsv's avatar
        - there’s no doubt about it, there’s some type of strange flashing red light ahead
        - no, it’s yellow
        - I saw a yellow tinge in it too…. weird!

        - it appears to be moving a little bit this way, it’s brighter than it has been

        - we’re picking up heat reflection off the trees…
        looking directly overhead one can see an opening in the trees,
        plus some freshly broken branches on your.. erm underneath…
        looks like something came off about 15-20 feet up

        - right from this position here, straight ahead, in between the tre-there it is again…
        watch straight ahead of my flashlight there, sir, there it is
        - right from this position here, straight ahead, inbetween the tre-there it is again…
        watch straight ahead of my flashlight there, sir, there it is
        - yes, I see it too

        - it just jumped about seven tenths
        - seven tenths right there in the centre?
        - uh huh
        - I’m getting very positive readings

        - it’s coming this way… it is definitely coming this way
        • CblairB's avatar
          " Rings Around Saturn " is utterly brilliant. My personal favorite from Photek. From the drums to the guitar sample, it's just an awesome bit of music I love to call Jungle/Drum & Bass.
          • Kerensky236's avatar
            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
            • Collector_Cave_Guy's avatar
              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.
              • Steveo33837's avatar
                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!

                • stanphase's avatar
                  If I am not mistaken this was the last track cut by the mastering engineer - a fitting epitaph.
                  • ozbeatproject's avatar
                    Edited 5 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..
                    • gareth6592's avatar
                      Double A Side but two very contrasting tracks. Essential purchase!



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