Category Archives: Qattara

Abduction V:02

Various Artists
“Abduction V:02” (Mix By Qattara)
1997 Solid State Records (UK)
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CD 01: Big C Mix
1.01 The Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea
1.02 Last Rhythm – Last Rhythm
1.03 Orbital – Chime
1.04 Joey Beltram – Energy Flash
1.05 The Sabres Of Paradise – Smokebelch II
1.06 The Disco Evangelists – De Niro
1.07 Eagles Prey – Tonto’s Drum
1.08 Datura – Yerba Del Diablo
1.09 Chicane – Offshore
1.10 Coyote – Spirits Dancing
1.11 Tallulah – Everything
1.12 Spooky – Stereo
1.13 Dos Piratas – Sonrisas
1.14 Beat Foundation – Virginia
1.15 Mary Kiani – With Or Without You

CD 02: Alex Whitcombe Mix
2.01 Leftfield – Not Forgotten
2.02 Ritmo Rivals – Americano Slide
2.03 Delta Lady – Anything You Want
2.04 Dr. Atomic – Schudelfloss
2.05 Evolution – Metropolis
2.06 The Visions Of Shiva – Perfect Day
2.07 Horse – Careful
2.08 React 2 Rhythm – Intoxication
2.09 L.S.G. – Hidden Sun Of Venus
2.10 Paul van Dyk – Forbidden Fruit
2.11 Bedrock – Set In Stone
2.12 Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar
2.13 Dum Dum – One Earth Beat
2.14 Qattara – The Truth
2.15 Seventh Sense – Get The Music

The second volume of “Abduction” comprises a solid selection of progressive house classics, DJ mixed by Andy Cato and Alex Whitcombe.

Cuerdas [Strings]

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Dizzy
“Cuerdas [Strings]”
1997 EastWest (UK)
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01 Cuerdas (Radio Edit)
02 Cuerdas (Qattara Remix)
03 Cuerdas (Dizzy’s Co-ordinated Remix)
04 Cuerdas (Distant Drums Remix)
05 Cuerdas (Dizzy’s Original Mix)

Forgiven [I Feel Your Love]

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01 Forgiven [I Feel Your Love] (Radio Edit)
02 Forgiven [I Feel Your Love] (Dub Vocal Mix)
03 Forgiven [I Feel Your Love] (Loop Da Loop Hardstep House Mix)
04 Forgiven [I Feel Your Love] (Qattara Remix)

INFO > “Forgiven” was the follow-up to The Space Brothers’ debut single, “Shine.” The 1997 release peaked at 27 on the UK Singles Chart.

Shine

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01 Shine (Radio Edit)
02 Shine (Full Vocal 12″ Mix)
03 Shine (Qattara Remix)
04 Shine (Canny Heavenly Remix)
05 Shine (Huff Remix)
06 Shine (Fade’s Vocal Sanctuary)

INFO > Since 1996, Rick Simmonds and Stephen Jones have released material as Ascension, Chakra, Essence, Force Majeure, Klymax, Lustral, Oxygen, The Realm, and Sapphire. Issued on Manifesto in 1997, “Shine” was their first single as The Space Brothers, the duo’s longest running and most successful alias. It’s one of Simmonds & Jones’ better productions, and the single features equally decent remixes.

All I Wanna Do

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01 All I Wanna Do (Radio Version)
02 All I Wanna Do (12″ Extended Mix)
03 All I Wanna Do (Trouser Enthusiasts Toys Of Desperation Mix)
04 All I Wanna Do (Xenomania Dream House Mix)
05 All I Wanna Do (D-Bop Innocent Girl Mix)
06 All I Wanna Do (Qattara Mix)
07 All I Wanna Do (Trouser Enthusiasts Ultra Sensitive Dub)
08 All I Wanna Do (Dizzy Mix)
09 All I Wanna Do (Sharp ‘System’ Dub)

INFO > 1997’s “All I Wanna Do” was the first single issued from Dannii Minogue’s third album, “Girl.” Written and produced by Xenomania, the song marked a stylistic shift for Dannii toward club music, further emphasized by the single’s remix package.

And now for a bit of fun:

With Or Without You

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01 With Or Without You (Eddy Fingers Radio Mix)
02 With Or Without You (Planet Album Mix)
03 With Or Without You (Qattara Tartan Trance Mix)
04 With Or Without You (Spiritual Masters Kik Mix)
05 With Or Without You (Mrs Wood’s White ‘N’ Wood Remix)
06 With Or Without You (Canny Remix)

INFO > Covering a U2 song can be risky business, but that hasn’t hindered countless efforts to tackle the band’s iconic catalog. Produced by Eddy Fingers, Mary Kiani’s trance house take on “With Or Without You” is hardly essential listening. The remixes don’t do much to improve the tune, although I am partial to Qattara’s ‘Tartan Trance Mix’ (referencing Kiani’s Scottish heritage).

Extremis

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01 Extremis
02 Extremis (Qattara Remix Edit)
03 Extremis (Download Mix)
04 Extremis (Qattara Remix)

INFO > Electronic collective Hal produced the theme to 1996 BBC documentary series “Future Fantastic”, which was narrated by Gillian Anderson. Hal and Anderson collaborated on the single “Extremis”, which peaked at 23 on the UK Singles Chart in 1997.

Trivia > After I got married in 1998, Gillian Anderson topped my ‘exception list.’

100%

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01 100% (Lord ‘N’ Elliot Radio Edit)
02 100% (One World Radio Edit)
03 100% (Tall Paul Remix)
04 100% (Dr. Ju Remix)
05 100% (Qattara Remix)
06 100% (Motiv 8 Remix)
07 100% (Eddy Fingers Remix)

INFO > Scottish songstress Mary Kiani first found fame in the early-1990s as the voice of rave group The Time Frequency. After going solo in 1994, Kiani racked up several UK hit singles, no doubt helped by Mercury’s seemingly unlimited budget for remixes. Annoyingly, both the Qattara and Eddy Fingers mixes are faded early on the CD single of “100%” to comply with UK chart rules.

Yim

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01 Yim (Hybrid Radio Edit)
02 Yim (Original Radio Edit)
03 Yim (Qattara Mix)
04 Yim (Hybrid’s Sunrise Remix)
05 Yim (Graham Gold Mix)
06 Yim (Original Tel Aviv Club 12″)

INFO > Released in 1998, “Yim” is a one-off single from Israeli producers Jez Ansell and Sharon Choopie Freundlich. The track’s lyrics are from 17th century Hebrew poem “Im Nin’alu” by Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, most famously set to song by Ofra Haza:

Im nin’alu daltei n’divim
daltei marom lo nin’alu.

Even if the gates of the rich are closed,
the gates of heaven will never be closed.

Don’t Be Afraid

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01 Don’t Be Afraid (Brittany Radio Mix)
02 Don’t Be Afraid (Brittany Remix)
03 Don’t Be Afraid (Tall Paul Remix)
04 Don’t Be Afraid (Original Mix)
05 Don’t Be Afraid (Distant Drums Mix)
06 Don’t Be Afraid (Brittany Dub)
07 Galaxia (Qattara Remix)
08 Galaxia (Original Mix)

INFO > “Don’t Be Afraid” was the first of three singles released by Ferry Corsten under the alias Moonman. Originally released in 1996, the single was licensed by Heat Recordings for a UK release the following year; the CD issue also includes mixes of “Galaxia” (tracks from both discs are consolidated here). Along with reworks from Jim Eliot and Paul Newman, the package also features remixes by Beat Foundation bandmates Andy Cato and Mike Mukhopadhyay under their respective guises as Qattara and Distant Drums.