I know what Somnambulist means, but I don’t know how to pronounce it.

Tonight’s post is all about the beats! I’m totally dancing as I type this. Okay, not really, but I would be if I was standing up.

Hymn (Menacing)
Hymn (Dirty Hypo)
Hymn (Lucky Orgasm)
Hymn (I Believe)

The original version of Hymn is the opening track on Moby’s Everything Is Wrong album, and I think that it is one of the greatest opening tracks ever. It’s a quiet, beautiful tune that is almost zen-like. Of course, on Everything Is Wrong it is immediately followed by the freakishly fast-paced and upbeat “Feeling So Real,” so that feeling of oneness is pretty short-lived. These remixes are great, but they don’t have much in common with the original track, and are actually dance tunes for the most part. My favorite is the “Lucky Orgasm” mix…which is something I really hate saying.

What does that even mean? Does that mean you were lucky to have an orgasm, or that your orgasms are good luck? Never mind. I have more jokes/material on this topic, but my mom reads this blog.

Somnambulist (Sander Kleinenberg’s Convertable Mix)
Somnambulist (Burufunk Mix)

I remember when this song came out. I was living in Toledo, Ohio (not something I recommend) and the city just got an awesome all-dance radio station. It was independently run, and if I recall I didn’t even have commercials! I remember the craziest thing about it was that it was owned by a Christian company. My friends and I all found it funny that a religious group was hosting a radio station that featured music made to listen to while heavily medicated. I think it only lasted about a year or so, but during that time they played various versions of this track nearly everyday. What’s really weird about these versions is that they strip out all the crazy stutter effects of the original, which was the biggest draw of the track when it first came out. Regardless, they still excellent remixes of a great song. These are from a 2×12” single, but I only have the second record. If anyone has the Junkie XL remix that’s on the first, I’d be very appreciative if they sent it my way.

Oh, and it means “sleepwalker,” in case you were still wondering.

5 Responses to “I know what Somnambulist means, but I don’t know how to pronounce it.”

  1. Drew says:

    I’ve got that JunkieXL version mp3 if you still need it – it’s in 192 kbps, but it sounds pretty good. Oh, I just figured out your email, will try to send to you


  2. regularjoe says:

    I grabbed an old UK single of Hymn and the mix is about 30 minutes long. It was a two-part single and I heard it before the album Hymn was on came out. What is on the album is just a tiny fragment of the mix I first heard. While I wasn’t expecting the uber-long mix on the cd I was surprised by how abbreviated it was.

  3. Stephen says:

    sum NAM bew list

  4. DJBen says:

    Oh, Q96.9. Short lived, but so good! Toward the end, they started sneaking in a bunch of hip-hop. But that small amount of time that we had it was good times. Got introduced to a ton of stuff I’m sure I wouldn’t have heard otherwise. Thanks for bringing back those memories!

  5. juniorDJ says:

    Hit me up if you’re still in search of the Junkie XL mixes… I have them in 320k MP3s…

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