Monday, 27 February 2012
Let the Heavens Open
This rather unique track appeared at the end of 1995 on FFRR, and was utterly ubiquitous at the time. Some sixteen years later, the spoken-word vocal may seem a bit naff, but the immensity of the sirens presaging the gargantuan breakdown cannot be denied. This about as unsubtle as they come; it has drama, it has bombast, it has rich orchestration; it is a colossus of a record that stood out at a time when almost every dance music production to receive a commercial release was a bona fide classic. The alternative mix, titled 'Symphonic variations' is twenty minutes long and interposes much more of the female vocal, whilst entirely excising the spoken-word elements. A stalwart of the Essential Mix for a while, I've no idea who is behind 'Are You Out There?' or indeed 'that shroud', but this monster is in need of some well-deserved exposure.