Released in USA by Hypnotic / Cleopatra on Sep 2nd 97. Released in Japan on Flavour June 98.
This is a full track listing :-
In terms of rhythmic style each track is rather different, but the album flows perfectly.
Ring of Fire is full on techno, Rite of Spring is more house than techno, Merkaba is techno/breakbeat. All the other tracks are breakbeat based with Exdreamist and Wave Bender displaying strong drum n'bass elements.
There is a strong Balinese/Indonesian influence on the album which also carries through to the artwork. The tracks Sinom X Files and Borobudur feature major vocal samples from music we have found on our frequent Indonesian visits. Ring of Fire is based around a tribal drum sample from the island of Timor.
One significant collaboration that occurred was with Talvin Singh, who's club Anokha we visited regularily as a source of inspiration. We coupled this with a major sample from the late great Don Cherry taken from a track we did with him back in the 70's. The result we feel is a classic track that typifies the "psychedelic freestyle" approach. We've called the track "Don Corleone".
We feel that this album is particularily in tune with our musical aspirations and with the current state of dance music - and not least in its very "7 friendly" release date. (7-7-97).
For a further discussion of "psychedelic freestyle" go here.
The first single Rite of Spring was released 2 weeks before the album on 23rd June 1997, just prior to our major live show at Glastonbury. Here is a short review from Record Mirror :-
"A fantastically atmospheric piece that features a haunting synth melody over a gently swishing rhythm that subtley evolves into a relentlessly pounding groove. The inevitable 303s find their way into the equation but thankfully they don't overpower the highly infectious hook, which is the key to this track. It gets into your head just like Underworld's "Rez" and is set to become a huge underground hit, maybe even a crossover smash too. Watch this space."
The CD single is BFLD42 and has five tracks :-
On June 16th 1998 we released, on vinyl 12" only, a set of killer remixes of RING OF FIRE from the Golden Section album. As a DJ promo Ring of Fire has been getting loads of club play. It was techno single of the week in Mix Mag Update, and techno single of the month in Wax magazine.
This is now available on CD together with the track Borobudur from CD NOW. (type System 7 in the search box)
Here's the lineup :-
SIDE A 1. The Advent Touch III
2. The Advent Touch I (edit)
3. The Advent Touch II
Remixes and Additional Production by THE ADVENT
SIDE B 1. Troniq Mix
2. Volcaniq Mix
Remixes by SYSTEM 7