I was introduced to Steve Hillage's 70s solo albums (Fish Rising/Motivation radio etc.) about 20 years ago, and very narrowly missed out on working with him in the early 90s when we were both working with Chrysalis in London (long sad story). I then 'discovered' System 7 quite by accident and was really excited. This was the first System 7 album i bought, and it coincided with a move toward Electronica in my own career (i was a guitarist in rock/funk bands, but had recently started producing electronic music for Film and TV), so it came as a pleasant suprise to hear how well Steve had incorporated his fluid and inspired guitar playing into a genre that traditionally doesn't sit well with the Electric guitar. Very few people have got away with it, especially in 4/4 dance numbers. Anyway, there are some really inspired moments on this album,and i responded most at the time to 'Mekotoub' which is a trance 4/4 number near the end of the album. But in retrospect, i think System 7 are best staying more ambient and chilled, as there are people out there who do 4/4 trance shakers with more confidence and believability than System 7. It is within the more laid back tracks on this album that Steve and Miquette really channel their sublime qualities best. On the whole though, i think this is an excellent piece of work, and the mix of tempo/style keeps things fresh.
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