Kinetic Research

This timeless dance classic, strongly associated with Orbital, has dozens of remixes, none of which are labelled ‘original version’. The main hook of the track is so strong that it could be argued that it doesn’t matter which version you listen to – there’s almost certainly one suitable for your dance music sub-genre of choice. Here I will be looking at the older remixes from 1991-1993 as well as the Orbital connection.

As far as I can tell, the track first appeared on the 1991 EP Hooked On Hope, produced by Michael Hazell under the artist name Pied Piper, with the track title Kinetic (Love and Pride Mix). A limited edition remix 12″ followed – billed as “Orbital Remixes” – except there was only one Orbital Remix plus another uncredited remix entitled Kinetic (I’m In Heaven Mix) which is basically the same as the Love and Pride version with some added female vocals – she sings “I’m In Heaven” aptly enough!

In 1992, legendary Belgian Techno label R&S Records issued the track with a change in artist name from Pied Piper to Golden Girls. There was an excellent new remix from Frank De Wulf and the Orbital Remix was also included in shorter form than the seven minute remix from 1991.

In 1993 R&S Records issued their own remix 12″ featuring a beautiful ambient/electronica version by David Morley, a heavier Rave remix by Cubic 22 and the ‘Smythotts mix’ by Michael Hazell, which I cannot find online but is said to be very similar to his two versions from ’91.

The track was released again and again with various new remixes in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2008 and 2013 – most re-releases included the Orbital remix too. Orbital themselves sampled the track for their 2002 single Frenetic, adding an extended intro and full vocal to the familiar hook (an edited version appeared on their ‘best of’ album Work). It’s unclear exactly how much input Paul Hartnoll had on the original track. He is credited as being a member of the Golden Girls alongside Michael Hazell and often listed as co-producer, but he is not mentioned in the credits of the Pied Piper releases – just the singular credit to Orbital for their remix.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. stevenger says:

    Either I’ve got fat thumbs or the Cubic 22 link also goes to the Morley Apollo remix.

    Really liked this dig into the history/evolution of the track. More please! I’ve definitely heard that flute/whale sample or similar, though not on this tune. Liked Orbital’s take, with and without “vocals”. That ambient mix made me think of FSOL too, but then I’m a man of limited reference points, ha!


  2. acidbearboy says:

    Link updated, sorry. Perhaps that flute is a pan pipe of some description? First tune that popped into my mind was Enigma’s Sadness from a similar period. Check it


  3. acidbearboy says:

    Just listening to Enigma now whilst reading Wikipedia. Those flute sounds are synthesized Shakuhachi apparently – of Chinese / Japanese origin. There’s a handy list of pop music featuring them on the wiki page

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