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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1, ORANGE!, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, orange!, 9, 10 ....., 15 Sept. 2003
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Simon J. Whight "fourfourfun" (Manchester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Peel Session (Audio CD)
Quite a small offering in the form of a Peel Session here. You get a very slightly modified version of Aquarius. No bad thing. Aquarius is one of the lighter, more funky moods from Music Has The Right To Children. Popular with Ninja Tune DJ's. A tune of two halfs, one grooving away with the word ORANGE repeated every bar or so. It takes off on a trippy uplifting second half, counting its way to sixtyten. Happy Cycling is something that (as far as what I can see) isn't available on any BoC album so far. Shame too, its a wicked track. This is why you should be buying this mini EP. Chunky scattered breaks, eerie mood, gradually adding on more and more layers of sound, gentle synths, seagulls in the distance. At the end of the track, shifts up a gear into something just plain beautiful. Olson is a reworking of one of the shorty beatless tracks from Music Has A Right To Children ... the only shame here is that it leads you wanting to hear more after it finishes. So hence the 4 stars. The 4 stars, however, go up to 40 if you happen to own Music Has A Right To Children, since its just one more piece in the wonderful world of BoC that you own now. Make sure you check the other Warp offerings in the form of Peel Sessions from Autechre, Plaid and Black Dog.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride of Scotland, 21 Jan. 2002
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Possibly the greatest export from Scotland in years, musicical genious, and tendical memories of summer drives in the highlands, recommended to anyone with musical patience. Carfully listen for hidden sounds and words, which surface after months of listening!! Given time this will be massive. Well before its time. I can't say enough!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the world of Boards Of Canada, 15 Dec. 2000
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P. Godfrey "mcbpete" (SW England) - See all my reviews
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Worth getting just on the strength of Aquarius, this single is what introduced me to a band I had never heard of. After purchasing this I immediatly bought "Music has the right to Children" which continues Boards Of Canada's excellent track production. The songs on this single are a mix of trip-hop, ambient, lo-fi ramblings familiar to that of the Warp label but mixes them together creating a dark, yet uplifting set of tracks. A highly recommended purchase.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous and hypnotic, 9 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Peel Session (Audio CD)
well what can be said about boards of canada that hasn't been said before...nothing much.
I bought this cd when it came out because it was on warp records and i still play it regularly today...mellow but full of life. Happy Cycling in particular is a track that bursts with the most lush slice of analogue heaven after 5 minutes of hynotic beats.
I have never met anyone who doesn't like Boards of canada...and if i ever did...i would know that we could never be friends :O)
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5.0 out of 5 stars 17 Minutes of Pure Musical Pleasure, 20 Oct. 2007
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D. Newton (Swindon, Wilts) - See all my reviews
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Even if you already have `Happy Cycling' as a bonus track on your version of `Music Has The Right to Children', this Peel Sessions EP has appeal far wider than that of the Boards of Canada completist.

The two `Music...' album tracks here, `Aquarius' and `Olson', are significantly different. `Aquarius (Version 3)' on this EP is a superior version, benefiting from a richer vocal track and generally groovier feel. It is worth noting that this particular track made it onto John Peel's list of his 50 greatest all-time pieces of music which is quite a recommendation. `Olson' is steeped in quiet, simplistic melody and again is arguably better than the album version, appearing slightly more fully realised here.

`Happy Cycling' itself is the duo at their hypnotic best. Fractured beats play over eerie synth washes with added seagull samples and heavily treated backward vocal samples. A beautifully simple melodic keyboard line appears towards the end of its eight-minute or so length. Fantastic, and worth the price of the EP for this track alone. Overall, a faultless little CD. I agree with a previous reviewer that this would be a good place to start if you are new to Boards of Canada. If you don't like what is on offer here then there is not much hope for you!
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride of Scotland, 21 Jan. 2002
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Possibly the greatest export from Scotland in years, musicical genious, and tendical memories of summer drives in the highlands, recommended to anyone with musical patience. Carfully listen for hidden sounds and words, which surface after months of listening!! Given time this will be massive. Well before its time. I can't say enough!
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mellow yellow, 21 Feb. 2005
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C. J. Statham - See all my reviews
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This EP is truly exquisite... All the hallmarks of a BoC album, but somehow a little more special. As with all their releases, there seems to be a special memory switch that they turn on in the back of your mind; one that you forgot about.... It illuminates ome haunting memory of a 70's style home video... Takes me back... Laying back on the top of boat in the gulf of Thailand. Everything orange... The sea spray flecking my face as I watch the curly clouds roll around in a dark blue sky... aaaahhh.
BoC make music to watch the world unfold to...
Boooooodifull.
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