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Nation 12 is a project that started life as a collaboration between electronic pioneer John Foxx and Bomb The Bass’s Tim Simenon back in 1989. at the time the 21-year-old Simenon’s hip hop beats and music cut-ups were right at the cutting edge of British music, as he’d not only constructed his own Number 2 single, ‘Beat Dis’ but in 1988 the dance innovator also co-produced Neneh Cherry’s Top 10 hits ‘Buffalo Stance’ and ‘Manchild’. In addition to his love for hip hop, the Brixton born producer was also a fan of electronic music, especially Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget and John Foxx. Although the latter hadn’t made a record since 1985’s In Mysterious Ways, they met up via mutual acquaintances in 1989 to discuss the idea of a collaboration. After many sessions with Simon Rodgers a record was finally produced. However the release was delayed by the closure of Rhythm King records and the tapes from those recording sessions were also lost. ‘I had one or two things on tape somewhere, but essentially I thought it was gone for good,’ admits Foxx. Then three years ago, two cassettes appeared which contained most of the material recorded by Nation 12. andthey are the source for almost all of the music on this CD release. Although there’s the odd hiss and crackle, both Foxx and Simenon believe it’s part of the album’s raw charm: ‘The music itself is primitive and promising’, says Foxx of this snapshot of a work in progress. ‘It’s like a little map of possible musics.

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  • TuZhao

    Thanks mate :)

    16 May 2010 Reply
  • Pichenette

    A bit late, but here is the mod: http://www.exotica.org.uk/wiki/Gods_%28game%29 And some remixes: http://www.amigaremix.com/remixes/search/gods

    7 Jan 2010 Reply
  • TuZhao

    Thanks! Though I found this comment (referring to Into the Wonderful) on Amazon's users reviews on Electrofear :( "I'm not too bothered that they've lost the fugue structure of the original, or even that the main riff is too far back in the mix. But - the original bass line, which was so perfect, has been replaced by a terrible-sounding bass synth that's so irritating, unmusical and intrusive that it makes the song unlistenable. And it's on every second of the track." I figure I'll have to find the original .mod :/

    12 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Pichenette

    In fact, Into the Wonderful (Gods' title theme) is included in the Electrofear album by Nation 12. It's not the same version as in the Amiga game though. Not sure how much Richard Joseph had to do with it (since he's the one who did the conversion.)

    10 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Pichenette

    Since Xenon 2's music is by Bomb The Bass, I'm inclined to think so.

    10 Nov 2009 Reply
  • TuZhao

    Is this the same Nation XII who made the awesome soundtrack for the videogame Gods?

    5 Nov 2009 Reply