Apollo 440 was formed in 1990 in Liverpool by brothers Trevor and Howard Gray with fellow Liverpudlians Noko and James Gardner, although Gardner left after the recording of the first album. The name comes from the Greek god Apollo and the frequency of concert pitch — the A note at 440 Hz, often denoted as “A440”, and the Sequential Circuits sampler/sequencer, the Studio 440.
After relocating to Camden, Apollo 440 recorded their debut album, Millennium Fever, and released it in 1994 on their own Stealth Sonic Recordings label (distributed by Epic Records). The band had been most known for its remixes until the release of Liquid Cool in the UK. However, it was not until the success of the singles Krupa (with a Gene Krupa sample) and Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Dub (with a Van Halen sample) that their own musical efforts were brought to international attention — particularly the latter contributed greatly to pushing Apollo 440 into the spotlight.
Currently, the band resides in Islington, London, having once again moved its headquarters (affectionately labelled Apollo Control). In 2007, the band played a tribute gig to the late singer Billy MacKenzie and decided to go on after that. The band website says that they “are still working hard as producers and media gurus, now specialising in synching work for film and television”, whatever that means.

Liquid Cool is a fantastic record that still stands up today. Here’s the more unusual Biostatic Ambient Mix and an example of their remix work with Manic Street Preachers (as Stealth Sonic Orchestra):

Apollo 440 – Liquid Cool (Biostatic Ambient Mix Pt 1)
Manic Street Preachers – Kevin Carter (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Soundtrack)
Apollo 440 website
Apollo 440 MySpace

~ by acidted on February 24, 2008.

3 Responses to “A IS FOR APOLLO 440”

  1. […] and final single “So Cool” (1992), with remixes provided by Apollo 440 (previously here). The Ragga mix doesn’t have much by way of anything by Ragga and the So Cool mix isn’t […]

  2. […] Apollo 440 were formed way back in 1990 by Trevor and Howard Gray with fellow Liverpudlians Noko and James Gardner, although Gardner left after the recording of the first album. Their peak commercial years were 1997-99 when they had huge hits with Ain’t Talking ’bout Dub and Stop The Rock (albeit that their creative peak had been 1994′s brilliant Liquid Cool).  But their commercial success saw those dance fans seduced by Millennium Fever and Electro Glide in Blue turned off and they became subject to a law of diminishing returns as their brand of dance rock fell out of favour. More history here. […]

  3. […] 43, is Apollo 440 and their brilliant 1994 track Liquid Cool about cryogenics. From the art work sleeve to the […]

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