Zang Tuum Tumb, the Big Beat Colossus and a battalion of Fairlights and Synclaviers, equipped with light pens and 8-inch floppy disc drives, line up to present... The Art of the 12" – Volume 2. A celebration/revelation extrapolation of the extended remix. To quote Chance by Act, “why quit now?”
Following the success of ZTT & Salvo's The Art of the 12” compilation – released almost exactly one year ago, we're back with Volume II. Two new, 75+-minute CDs compile the best and the rarest ZTT 80s 12” remixes, with a few special detours into related and off-shoot tracks, including:
Paul McCartney – Spies Like Us: 12” remix by Art of Noise, previously unreleased
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Julia's Song: 12”, previously unreleased on CD
Thomas Leer – Heartbeat: 12” remix, previously unreleased on CD
Scritti Politti – Absolute: dub mix by Art of Noise's Gary Langan
Godley & Creme – Cry: 12” remix by Trevor Horn
But these are more than just 12” remixes, these are full-on wide-screen cinematic extensions: for the first time on CD, The Art of the 12” II presents the 15-minute Keep The Peace version of Two Tribes by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Graham Massey/808 States' two-part, 10-minute take on the AoN classic, Moments in Love.
The resplendent Teutonic beats of Propaganda are back in full effect: The Art of the 12”, Volume II features two tracks previously only available on vinyl: Dr Mabuse Der Spieler and Dr Mabuse (Special Instrumental Mix) as well as a hitherto unheard 12” of Sorry For Laughing. Propaganda's Claudia Brucken teams up with Thomas Leer for another previously unreleased track: the Whammy Mix of Act's Chance.
Add in never-before-heard 12” mixes by Instinct, Frankie Goes To Hollywood (of both War! and Relax), Nasty Rox Inc., and rare-as-f*** mixes of the Mint Juleps (with Horn at the helm, sampling Martin Luther King), Das Psycho Rangers and Art of Noise, and add in six micromixes – the pioneering interludes as used on The Art of the 12” Volume I to break up the long-form madness – and you have the first essential compilation of classic pop in 2012.