Following a string of well-received EPs on Cin Cin, Exit Strategy and Get Physical - with support from the likes of John Talabot and Bicep - Belfast’s LOR is gearing up to release his debut album Lunar Orbit Rendezvous, the first offering on his newly minted label LOREC. Out this Friday, the album charts a journey to the moon across 10 tracks of lush, old school electro.
LOR has put together this excellent mix for us showcasing some of his biggest musical influences. From Kraftwerk and Japan to Orbital and Squarepusher, dig in below...
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
Gregory Ferguson aka LOR, Belfast, human male.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the internet is also acceptable)?
John C. Houbolt, mastermind of the Lunar Orbit Rendezvous technique, could probably illustrate it best:
Where was the mix recorded?
It was recorded in the spare room of my parents’ house which was where my first studio was located when I was in my late teens. The aim of this “album” mix was to select my biggest musical influences and somehow blend the various genres and tempos in a way that had some sense of continuity. It was an interesting challenge, and one which I had to approach differently to my usual DJ mixes.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Fast forward a few years - you are on one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX BFR rockets, destined for the moon. After the hubbub of takeoff, the craft eventually settles down into a steady cruise. It’s time to gaze out the window for a while and enjoy some music...
What should we be wearing?
Check out the clothes they wear in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
'Adnans' by Orbital
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
FabricLive 09: Jacques Lu Cont
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Gosh, that’s hard. I’ll say Sven Väth. I did shots with him in a bar in Sarajevo once, a long while ago. He seems like a jolly chap, and he’s a great DJ.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
It was a very basic Numark starter set - two turntables and a mixer. The decks were quite hard to control and moving onto Technics from that was like heaven! I now use a Pioneer XDJ RX - an excellent little unit.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
What were the first and last records you bought?
If we’re going with physical records, it would be:
First - Vanilla Ice 'Ice Ice Baby'
Last - Wendy Carlos 'Switched On Bach'
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
My own remix of David Douglas 'C’est La Nuit' - it’s an absolute bastard, as it turns out!
Upcoming in the world of LOR?
Another album and a lot of EPs... when they’ll arrive I don’t know but they’re on their way.
Anything else we need to discuss?
Not really, it’s past my bedtime! Thanks for having me!
Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois - Under Stars
Orbital - The Moebius
Kraftwerk - Numbers
Gary Numan - Airlane
Japan - Talking Drum
Roman Flügel - The Mighty Suns
Dorisburg - Gloson
Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois - The Secret Place
Aphex Twin - Flim
Kraftwerk - Vitamin
Squarepusher - Port Rhombus
Plastikman - Gak
DJ Hell - Car Car Car (Roman Flügel Remix)
Orbital - Adnans
Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois - An Ending (Ascent)
Lunar Orbit Rendezvous is out 14th September via LOREC, pre-order it here.