As a companion to Underworld week, I thought we’d have something to act as a contrast to that trance techno. What better than the pastoral English sounds of Ultramarine.

The music of Canterbury duo Ultramarine resists easy classification, drawing as it does from ambient, techno, folk, and eclectic ’70s Canterbury art rock artists like the Soft Machine, Caravan, and Robert Wyatt, who occasionally performed live with the group and appeared on their United Kingdoms album. The group, which is made up of Paul Hammond and Ian Cooper, has a distinctively British sound and employs a wide range of instruments and sounds.

Hammond and Cooper first collaborated in the avant-garde band A Primary Industry during the mid-’80s. When that band split, the duo named themselves Ultramarine and recorded Folk in 1990. Their second album, Every Man and Woman Is a Star, appeared in 1992 and earned praise for the duo as one of the first home-listening electronic groups. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

A mini greatest hits selection:

Ultramarine – British Summertime live At The Brain  

Ultramarine – Saratoga Upstate Mix  

Ultramarine – Stella Connects  

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~ by acidted on January 2, 2010.

4 Responses to “U IS FOR ULTRAMARINE (PT 1)”

  1. […] were Ian Cooper and Paul Hammond (more here). They produced the classic album Every Man And Woman Is A Star. Today’s track is a remix of […]

  2. […] in the first place. It was because it contained a remix by pastoral IDMers Ultramarine (previously here), whose work on Every Man & Woman Is A Star is just wonderful. Sadly, this 1997 remix […]

  3. […] – previously here). Free download. There’s more than a little of wondrous 90s act Ultramarine […]

  4. […] might recognise “Every Man And Woman Is A Star” as the title of Ultramarine’s perfect pastoral techno release from 1991. Twenty-three years later it still sounds wondrous and […]

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