Monday, 18 February 2019
Monday's Long Song
Ambient house from October 1992 at it's most drawn out and extended, a masterpiece from The Orb. Released as a standalone single (following the even longer and more extended Blue Room single). This mix, The Chocolate Hills Of Bohol Mix, was on CD2, from the days when multiple mixes and versions spread across a 7" single, one or two 12" releases plus possibly a white label, a cassingle and a couple of CD singles was considered an acceptable way to persuade your fans to part with their money. Assassin remains pretty absorbing even though nothing very much happens- this mix becomes a bit more intense and insistent around the ten minute mark.
Assassin (Chocolate Hills Of Bohol Mix)
Assassin marked the end of a phase of Orb activity. They left Big Life the following year and signed to Island, releasing Pomme Fritz in 1994. Thrash (Kris Weston) left shortly afterwards as well, after some disagreements with Alex Paterson about work rate, control and direction. Clearly things rankled with Kris for some time. In 2016 he wrote a lengthy blogpost 'setting the record straight' which you can read here if you're so inclined.