Orbital - Halcyon On and On [1993]

Artist(s)
Orbital
Release title
Halcyon On and On
Label name
Internal
Release year
1993

dmgtz96

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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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I felt nostalgic today and decided to check the song/thread.

Somehow I missed those remixes. The John Hopkins remix is a bit too much for me, any other song I would've liked it, bit this song is sacred to me. The Logic1000 is great, keeps homage to the 90's sound with adding a bit on top like a remix should.