Orbital - Halcyon On and On [1993]

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Orbital
Release title
Halcyon On and On
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Internal
Release year
1993

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Ambient house/ambient techno song that is basically trance. One of my favorite examples of early trance.

Strangely, it appeared in a few movies, including Mean Girls. See 5:10 onwards:
 

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Lovely stuff. You can't even tell when it was released! Evergreen stuff, sounds so good even today.
 
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It was originally released as just "Halcyon", which was a slightly longer mix and a little less clubby. The name comes from their mother's struggle with the medicinal tranquilizer 'Halcion', which is reflected in the music video:



It samples Opus III (vocalist: Kirsty Hawkshaw) - Fine Day, which had made it to #5 in the UK charts the previous year. They played the "la la la..." vocals backwards to make Halcyon. When they perform the track live, Orbital have a habit of playing additional samples of Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth and Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name on top:

 

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Nice knowledge drop, cheers

Would personally be pissed if they dropped the Heaven Is A Place On Earth sample on the track if I was seeing it live. That's money back territory.
 
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It samples Opus III (vocalist: Kirsty Hawkshaw) - Fine Day, which had made it to #5 in the UK charts the previous year. They played the "la la la..." vocals backwards to make Halcyon.
That's awesome, I never knew that it was the vocalist for "It's A Fine Day." I love that song, too.
 

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Ker-bump!!



2 new remixes for 2022 from Jon Hopkins and Logic1000.

Difficult to compare to the original (an all time classic) but I really like both of these mixes!
 

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Really nice and pleasant to listen to. I don't mind the 2022-ness of them to be honest, both sound dreamy.
 
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