The new three-disc compilation looks back on the WAU! Mr. Modo catalog.
Founded at the end of the 1980s by Alex Paterson of The Orb and ex-Killing Joke bassist Martin Glover, AKA Youth, WAU! Mr. Modo was one of the first labels devoted to acid house, dub and ambient. In addition to The Orb, the imprint housed Sun Electric and often overlooked artists like Paradise X and STP Twentythree. The basis of WAU's artistic ethic was to value sampling over conventional production methods. "We set about sampling our record collections and creating new music with a new vocabulary," says Glover. "We practically got rid of all musicians and created entire tracks from collaging other records."
Impossible Oddities collects almost 40 of the label's tunes, including a previously unreleased version of The Orb's classic "Little Fluffy Clouds." Slated for release late next month, the package consists of three discs, one of which is mixed by The Orb.
01. The Orb - Little Fluffy Clouds [Demo Version]
02. Eternity - Ashram House (Extended Mix)
03. The Orb - Tripping On Sunshine (Live Mix)
04. Discotec 2000 - Feel This
05. STP Twentythree - Let Jimi Take Over (Ultramix 1)
06. Johnson Dean feat. Lynda Law - Somebody Somwhere (Black Country Mix)
07. Uncle 22 - Love
08. Paradise X - 2 Much (Out Of This World Mix)
09. Delkom - Superjack (Orbital Infusion 2000)
10. Sun Electric - O'Locco (Orbital Therapy Part 1)
11. Indica All Stars - Open Our Eyes (Original)
12. Indica All Stars - Open Our Eyes (New Style Version)
13. Mystic Knights - Filo Funk
01. Zoe - Sunshine on a Rainy Day [Reformation Version]
02. Blowfly - Work Your Body (Work Your Body Mix)
03. Eternity - Blackcurrant
04. Insync - Reflection
05. Readymade - See Saw (Victor)
06. STP Twenty Three - Some Lovin' (Just a Beat) (Massive Mix)
07. Uncle 22 - Sulpher Salsa
08. Lyndsey Holloday - Feel the Love
09. Insync - Dark Side of the Moon (Original Mix)
10. Mystic Knights - The Wrath of Khan (Long Play Mix)
11. Uncle 22 - Is It House?
12. Sound Irritation - Seventh Seal
CD3: Mixed by The Orb
01. Uncle 22 - The Man From...
02. Sun Electric - O'Locco (Orbital Therapy Part 5)
03. STP Twentythree - Goldfinger (Alpine Drive Mix)
04. Paradise X - 2 Much (Out Of This World Mix)
05. Georgette Della Rosa D'ya Wanna (Roots Mix)
06. Readymade - Ambient State (Edit)
07. Insync - Dark Side of the Moon (Ambient Mix)
08. Mystic Knights - Filo Funk
09. Jam on the Mutha - Hotel California (Orbitally Ambient Mix)
10. Appolo XI - Peace (In the Middle East)
11. STP Twentythree - I'm Gonna Love You (Pablo Style Mix)
12. Delkom - Superjack (Neutron Infusion 9000)
Year Zero will release Impossible Oddities on November 9th, 2010.