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Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Tue 25 Jan, 2011 6:09 pm
by jedi4q2
our boys will take their swing at the Back in the Box series on NRK, can't wait! ... r-for.html

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Tue 25 Jan, 2011 7:42 pm
by hayhook
was just on my way to post this and waddya know?
so excited for this and more goodies in the coming year from the jedis...

"..yes.. Mark Pritchard and I are reforming Global Communication this year to perform live shows and DJ sets, re-release 76:14 with remixes..and to kick off, a compilation of inspirational techno and electronica classics from 88-93: Back In The Box forthcoming on NRK "

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Tue 01 Feb, 2011 12:26 pm
by inky
I'm really looking forward to the live performance.
But, and I really don't want to sound ungrateful, how the hell am I going to explain to the wife that I've got to go out and buy 76.14 again??!!?
But I am excited, honest! :wink:

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Fri 01 Apr, 2011 9:20 pm
by hayhook ... tails.html
NRK Music's much revered retrospective compilation series, Back In The Box, returns in May with a double mix compiled and sequenced by one of electronic music's most enduring pairs. Not just Back In The Box, but back together, Global Communication, AKA Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard, reunite following a 15 year hiatus to lay down a collection of genre and era defining Techno and Electronica.

Following on from previous Back In The Box entrants (Dave Clarke, Joey Negro, DJ Sneak and Louie Vega), Global Communication dig deep into their record collections to revive forgotten gems, lost classics and personal favourites. A true connoisseurs compendium of records that helped shape the Global Communication sound. Concentrating on the early to mid 90s period of electronic music, their Back In The Box mix spans the downtempo atmospheric sounds to the cutting edge Detroit techno of the day.

A closer inspection of the mix reveals a journey of two halves, where the wildly experimental sounds and sparse, industrial techno dance beats meet the more reflective and intricate delicacies of the ambience and light breakbeats of electronica. Disc One focuses on the more dancefloor orientated sounds, opening up with a headstrong fusion of some of Detroit's finest music, courtesy of Jay Denham (Fade II Black), Derrick May (here with Steve Hillage's System 7), Kevin "Reese" Saunderson, Carl Craig's BFC project and Anthony "Shake" Shakir, interrupted for a moment by Detroit's possibly first, and only, adopted techno son (just popping over the boarder from Canada), Richie Hawtin, here with a F.U.S.E. classic. The mix picks up a pace with the hardcore assault of Lory D, Neuropolitique and DHS before heading for cruising altitude, with a clever re-pitch of Speedy J's classic "De-Orbit" and then heading into more melodious waters with gems from Flux, Balil, Florence, States Of Mind (Hawtin again) and touching down with some blissful techno from Robert Leiner.

Disc Two delves deeper into the electronic underworld, and whilst the BPMs drop, the intensity of the music never let's up. Detroit once again is represented heavily, but showing another side to it's often heavily guarded face. Rare cuts from Yennek (AKA Kenny Larkin, here remixed by Carl Craig's Inner Zone), Octave One (Never On Sunday), Reel by Real (yep, the one sampled by one LTJ Bukem for a d'n'b classic) and that man Carl Craig (Psyche & Urban Tribe here, Global Comm hugely indebted to this man) display more intricate possibilities to the sound, whilst a track from the 'Godfather Of Techno', Juan Atkins, ensures that the Bellevue Three are all here, present and correct (that'll be Atkins, Saunderson and May). The UK cannot be underestimated in this genre either, and fine cuts from our own 'Godfathers' (808 State) are sequenced with UK's As One (Kirk Degiorgio), Balil, Stasis, and the one who broke on through on his own terms, the uncompromising Aphex Twin. Ending the mix with the beautiful ambience of The Irresistible Force (remixing Sven Vath's Barbarella) and Global Communication's Incidental Harmony, the Back In The Box journey is one that transcends continents, tempos and quite possible brain cells as well

Back In The Box is released on a mixed 2CD, DJ friendly unmixed 2CD, 12" vinyl samplers, and digital album. Legendary scribe, Kris Needs, supplies the linear notes on the CD packaging. Release date: 30th May 2011.
CD 1
01. Fade II Black - The Calling (Reprise)
02. System 7 & Derrick May - Altitude
03. Reese - Just Want Another Chance
04. BFC - Galaxy
05. F.U.S.E. - Technotropic
06. Shake - Sonar 123
07. Lory D - Sickness (Sounds Never Seen)
08. Neuropolitique - Mind You Don't Trip
09. DHS - Number 9 Bad Acid
10. Speedy J - De-Orbit (TM Outer Limits Salute Repitch)
11. Balil - Nort Route
12. Florence - A Touch Of Heaven
13. Flux - True Feelings
14. Reload & E621 - Ptyzh
15. States Of Mind - Audio Q5A
16. Robert Leiner - Aqua Viva

CD 2
01. Link - Intro (The Labels)
02. Ismistik - Flow Charts
03. Yennek - Serena X (Carl Craig Inner Zone Remix)
04. Psyche - Elements
05. Never On Sunday - The Journey
06. As One - Amalia
07. Aphex Twin - Tha
08. Stasis - Point Of No Return
09. Balil - Whirling Of The Spirits
10. 808 State - Sunrise
11. Urban Tribe - Covert Action
12. Link - Places of Origin
13. Model 500 - Infoworld
14. Reel by Real - Surkit
15. Ross 154 - Mayflower
16. Global Communication - Incidental Harmony
17. Barbarella - Barbarella (The Irresistible Force Remix)

NRK will release Back in the Box on May 30th, 2011.

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Fri 01 Apr, 2011 9:20 pm
by hayhook
I'm confused.
Those (new, unreleased) Link Tracks don't start with the Letter A...

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Sat 02 Apr, 2011 4:51 pm
by Steve Sole
Track list on this looks amazing!

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Fri 06 May, 2011 2:06 am
by thewalker

looks great.

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Sun 22 May, 2011 8:52 pm
by dr_splian
Quite excited about the Speedy J track on there. Its funny cos I think I first heard it on Colin Dale's Outer Limits show on Kiss. It was played in a mix and pitched up (sounds MUCH better that way!) - I am wondering if this is the reference in the title?

Awesome comp though!

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Mon 23 May, 2011 4:41 pm
by Steve Sole
Thanks Jedi at the top of this - just ordered my copy from rubadub!
Was ordered yesterday and shipped out today - super fast!

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Tue 31 May, 2011 12:03 pm
by discotechnological
Hi all, been away a while I know.

Anyone one know anything about the various versions of this that seems to be around?
So far I've found:

2xCD mixed, 33 tracks
2xCD unmixed, 22 tracks
iTunes - 2 mixes + 17 tracks (unmixed I guess)
bleep - 2 mixes + 31 tracks (different track order to mixed CDs so are they unmixed?)
12" vinyl samplers

Amazon has both CD sets, but with no tracklistings. No mention of the MP3 version though.

I don't know which one to buy!

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Tue 31 May, 2011 6:42 pm
by hayhook
bleep has it up but no link to purchase... hmmmm

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Tue 31 May, 2011 7:00 pm
by discotechnological
yeah that's annoying too.

Just checked the iTunes tracks - 10 of the 17 unmixed tracks are on the unmixed CDs, which means 7 extra tracks than the CDs and 12 on CDs that aren't digital.

I hate this new marketing gimmick that makes us fans buy multiple copies to make sure we've got everything.
I brought 2 versions of the Tron soundtrack, but 'borrowed' all the tracks that didn't come on either of them as i could face buying it a third time.

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Tue 31 May, 2011 7:16 pm
by hayhook

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Tue 31 May, 2011 7:17 pm
by hayhook ... n-the-box/


Global Communication, Back In The Box

If your only point of reference for Global Communication is a 76 minute and 14 second long ambient album that is 17 years old, you may not be prepared for this two-CD mix. The duo of Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton may well be most famous for their sole album as GC, but they wore many hats before and after; coming up with futuristic techno mutations as Reload, electro funk revivalists as The Jedi Knights and deep house under the Secret Ingredients banner. And if you’re coming at electronic music from a current perspective their separate endeavors — Middleton’s big-room remixes and Pritchard’s experimental hip-hop as Harmonic 313 — it may make this release even more bewildering. This installment in the Back In The Box series widens its aperture, offering a look into what was their modus operandi during the early 90′s: melodic, spacey, and insistently funky techno. It’s essentially a look at what they were measuring themselves against and spinning during their burgeoning production years.

After a quick nod to the aforementioned album, a combination of the “global communication” multi-lingual delivery and the tick-tock pulse of “Ob-Selon Mi-Nos,” the first disc fixes aim on the floor by starting with some classic Detroit techno productions. Trademark sounds aplenty: Kevin Saunderson’s menacing Reese bass line and come-hither whispered vocals on “Just Want Another Chance,” Carl Craig’s emotive chords and tough breakbeats with “Galaxy,” while Derrick May’s team up and remix of System 7′s “Altitude” pairs Steve Hillage’s dreamy guitar work against stomping 909 kicks and crashes. On “Technotropic” Richie Hawtin, under his early F.U.S.E. alter-ego, delivers angular bass notes and staccato drum mechanics before a breakdown of oceans waves, digital seagulls and soaring chords that show a side rarely seen since. They build the intensity with a series of harder hitting techno salvos from Lory D, Neuropolitique and DHS before lightening the air with a pitched up edit by Middleton of Speedy J’s lush breaks and bass track, “De-Orbit.” From there the moody quotient is raised considerably with classic techno complexity in the form of Balil’s “Nort Route” and Florence’s “A Touch Of Heaven,” while the oft overlooked “True Feelings” by Flux makes good use of soaring strings and a rubbery DX100 bass line. The blends are solid but not all that long, often relying on a heavy delay of the outgoing track to create the transition. The first CD concludes with the aquatic-acid and whale samples of Robert Leiner’s “Aqua Viva,” showcasing rather heavily the affinity for organic sounds used in electronic music from this period.

The second disc opens with a digitized rundown of the influential labels of the era running into the first track, “Flow Charts” by Ismistik. It sets the tone for the mix, as GC focus on more emotional techno and ambient selections. Far too many highlights to shake a stick at as the elegiac synths, crisp drum programming and analog circuitry are in full display on tracks from Stasis, Reel By Real, and Ross 154. The duo don’t spare much time mixing the music, instead segueing between tempos and moods in a way that recalls the side chill out rooms they played at UK parties. It doesn’t always work as evidenced between an awkward transition between As One’s “Amalia” and Aphex Twin’s “Tha,” but with a clever edit sequence added to some it works quite well. It also allows the majority of each track to play through, proving how musically impressive they are. The mix ends somewhat lukewarmly with The Irresistible Force remix of “Barbarella,” an unremarkable ambient track that is too fluffy by comparison to the preceding 32 tracks. The liner notes, written by long-time UK music journalist Kris Needs, and comments by the duo themselves provide a firsthand reference into the background of each selection. Reading through it feels like a trip down memory lane, but if you had any doubts as to the veracity of the gushing recollections, the mix will set you straight. What Pritchard and Middleton have given us is not a history lesson to be schooled on; they’ve shared a mix that feels personal and lives up to the emotional expressionism they originally set out to create.
» Kuri Kondrak | May 31st, 2011

Re: Global Communication - Back in the Box (2011)

Posted: Sun 05 Jun, 2011 4:56 pm
by Steve Sole
I've been looking for the unmixed vinyl of this but can't find it anywhere.. Does anyone have any info?
Also, do any of you know where I can get this in the states? Everywhere seems to be importing from the UK and it's gonna be expensive to get all three releases.