Category Archives: Colourbox

Pump Up The Volume

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Pump Up The Volume (UK CD)
01 Pump Up The Volume (Re-Mix)
02 Pump Up The Volume
03 Anitina [The First Time I See She Dance]
04 Anitina [The First Time I See She Dance] (Re-Mix)
05 Pump Up The Volume (7″ Re-Mix)*

*Bonus track

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Pump Up The Volume (US CD)
01 Pump Up The Volume (US Radio Edit)
02 Pump Up The Volume (US 12″ Remix)
03 Anitina [The First Time I See She Dance]
04 Pump Up The Volume (Bonus Beat)
05 Pump Up The Volume (Instrumental)

INFO > In 1987, an unlikely collaboration between electronic outfit Colourbox and alt rockers A.R. Kane yielded a worldwide hit single, accelerated the development of British house music, and ignited a legal controversy over sampling. Released by 4AD Records, the double A-side “Pump Up The Volume/Anitina” was the sole output of M|A|R|R|S, an acronym derived from the project participant’s first names:

M = Martyn Young (Colourbox)
A = Alex Ayuli (A.R. Kane)
R = Rudy Tambala (A.R. Kane)
R = Russell Smith (A.R. Kane)
S = Steven Young (Colourbox)

As the two groups failed to connect in studio, Colourbox and A.R. Kane worked independently to produce separate recordings, to which the other party would add additional parts: A.R. Kane’s screeching guitar work features on “Pump Up The Volume”, while Colourbox programmed the drums for “Anitina.” Also involved were DJs CJ Mackintosh and Dave Dorrell, who contributed scratching and samples.

Between UK and US remix versions, some 30 records were sampled on “Pump Up The Volume”; however, Stock, Aitken & Waterman let loose the lawyers over the use of 7 seconds from their track “Roadblock.” Although litigation didn’t hamper the success of “Pump Up The Volume”, the backlash over unlicensed samples would keep lawyers busy and complicate matters for other artists in the late-1980s.

There was no follow-up to “Pump Up The Volume”, making M|A|R|R|S perhaps the ultimate one-hit wonder.

The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme

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01 The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme (12″ Version)
02 Philip Glass
03 The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme (7″ Version)

INFO > This 1986 single from brothers Martyn and Steven Young is the greatest World Cup anthem that never was—a brilliant effort denied official recognition. The original 4AD 12″ vinyl (BAD 605) has been digitally recreated here from CD sources. Minimalist B-side “Philip Glass” pays homage to the track’s namesake.

Yé Ké Yé Ké

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01 Yé Ké Yé Ké (The Afro Acid Remix)
02 Akwaba Beach
03 Yé Ké Yé Ké (The Afro Acid Edit)

INFO > One of Africa’s best-selling singles of all time, “Yé Ké Yé Ké” first appeared on Mory Kanté’s 1984 album, “À Paris.” Resurfacing three years later on Kanté’s “Akwaba Beach” LP, the song was reworked for a single release, and became an international hit in 1987. In the wake of “Pump Up The Volume,” the public was eager for more M|A|R|R|S, so “Yé Ké Yé Ké” was ‘aciduously’ remixed by Martyn Young, with assistance from Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins).

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01 Yeke Yeke (The Afro Acid Edit)
02 Yeke Yeke (Hardfloor Edit)
03 Yeke Yeke (Hardfloor Mix)
04 Mogo Djolo (Ambush Vocal Mix)

INFO > Mory Kanté’s classic single was revisited in 1995, and enjoyed renewed chart success thanks to a techno makeover from Hardfloor.