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Saint EtienneLike A Motorway

Label:Heavenly – HVN 4012
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Pop
Style:Breakbeat, Techno, Synth-pop, IDM

Tracklist

A1Like A Motorway
EngineerIan Catt
Mixed ByRick Smith
5:43
A2Like A Motorway (Chekhov Warp Dub)
EngineerSteve Dub
Remix, Producer [Additional Production]The Dust Brothers (2)
9:18
B1Like A Motorway (The David Holmes Mix)
EngineerGary Burns, Jagz Kooner
Remix, Producer [Additional Production]David Holmes
13:01
B2Like A Motorway (Skin Up, You're Already Dead)
Remix, Producer [Additional Production]Autechre
8:24
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Original mix recorded at Cat Music Mitcham
Mixed at Lemonworld Hornchurch
Design by Anthony Sweeney @ Fusion

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

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  • Barcode: 5 025006 290403

Other Versions (5 of 14)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Like A Motorway (7", 45 RPM, Single)Heavenly, HeavenlyHVN 40, HVN40UK1994
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Like A Motorway (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo)Warner Bros. RecordsPRO-A-6962US1994
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Like A Motorway (CD, Single)HeavenlyHVN 40CDUK1994
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Like A Motorway (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo)HeavenlyHVN 4012PiUK1994
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Like A Motorway (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo)HeavenlyHVN 4012PiiUK1994

Reviews

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.
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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.