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KMCOrbiting Probes / Alpha Centauri

Label:720 Degrees – 720 006
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
Style:Drum n Bass


AOrbiting Probes10:52
AAAlpha Centauri8:37

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A. © 1997 Good Looking Records ℗ 1998 Good Looking Records
AA. © & ℗ 1998 Good Looking Records

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped (Stu. is Etched): 720006 A-1-1-1 Stu.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side AA Stamped): 720006 AA-1-1-1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Orbiting Probes / Alpha Centauri (12", White Label)720 Degrees720 006UK1998


veers's avatar
Edited 8 years ago
This single was and remains something unique.
For the intelligent and atmo concept here reaches heights of enlighting beauty and contemplative deepness, crossing genres, crossing boundaries between d'n'b and pure "space music".
Here are two musical like of the panoramic views of cosmos from the movie "2001, a Space Odyssey" for instance.
It's also probably the best tracks ever by KMC (among his released works I mean).
By now it would certainly not be the thing people go mad for and wonder why...? Because it's not pre-chewn sonic porridge fitting the d'n'b standards in fashion !
It's just serious musical bliss, conceived by a man ahead of many times.

"Alpha Centauri" opens with the burst of several sounds' layers (some key motifs like unknown birds' songs, majestic sustaining chords that develop through fx, reaching far harmonies) with focus on shrill range (true also of drums' part where equalization increases metallic resonance from charley and snare drum).
First the bass seems odd.
But when all elements start floating together, the low line appears organic and futuristic, swaying subterranean core that will briefly transform itself on occasion of a magical break (as happens too in "Magnetic cloud", unreleased tune from KMC).

"Orbiting probes" alone is worth tracking down this supernatural single... And here it's the word.
You can't believe your ears from opening loop of faraway choruses, evocative of possibly benevolent entities... Wow !!
And when the main sustaining chord arises, it's a cosmological horizon.
One unique bass (with something funky in it, really !) enters afterwhile to set its warm basis for that ever growing and pulsating ethereal atmosphere, full of chord changes and again focusing on high sounds with some beautiful lyrical lines and, around break, sweet effects of "harp" glissando.
Rhythm seems superfluous as this masterpiece expands itself out of d'n'b field to encompass a kind of heavy musical utopia...

Extragalactic legacy.