- Record Label
- Emotional Rescue
About this item
Lace up your dancing shoes and let your hair down, it's time for another Emotional Rescue. The archival kings come to the aid of ailing dance floors everywhere with a much needed reissue of Ramm's sublime "Spark The Universe" with a brand new mix on the flip by label head Chuggy. A fusion of late 60s psychedelic pastiche, 80s new wave power, white soul passion and a healthy dose of dub, this 1983 cut should have been a massive hit on its release. It wasn't - but it has become a favourite amongst the more discerning DJs across the globe and second hand prices have recently soared to three figures.
Before going on to carve a successful career in 'electronica' project, Euphoria, Toronto's Ken Ramm had shown his considerable writing and playing ability with the 1981 debut LP Dragon and this 1983 follow up, known simply as Ramm. Coming together through a meeting with a then relatively unknown producer, Daniel Lanois, via a mutual interest in tape loops and dubbing, it was the suggestion to bring in local vocalist Lorraine Segato that Ramm formed. Recording at Lanois' Grant Avenue Studios, his interest in mixing past and present technology, with multiple digital delay units, harmonizers and other effect processors allowed Ramm and Lanois to explore using the studio as an instrument alongside real musicianship.
Backwards guitars, tremolo bar dives and guitar harmonics are incorporated with the vocals and percussion to perfection. With a 'Dance' and alternative 'Dub', the song's hypnotic and dreamy feel superimposed over beats pin-pointed to the later Euphoria project and with the addition of a latter day 'Discomix', from the labels' own Chuggy, "Spark The Universe" deserves it's place on contemporary dancefloors.
Patrick says: Alternative disco destroyer "Spark The Universe" back in press for all your DJ needs! Forget the crappy pressings on bootleg comps, this one brings the high fidelity for the basement low lives.
A1. Spark The Universe (dance Mix)
A2. Spark The Universe (dub Mix)
B1. Spark The Universe (Chuggy's Disco Mix)