For our fourth podcast we’ve invited Gregory Ferguson a.k.a. LOR. He recently remixed Sau Poler’s Esperits on Atomnation, which slipped into sets by Dixon and Joris Voorn amongst others. We thought it was time for a little chat.
Hi Gregory, after releasing your remix for Sau Poler here on Atomnation, EP’s on both Cin Cin and Exit Strategy got praised by the scene. How was 2016 for you?
Hi! 2016 was great thank you. It was a journey that started with me just sending some music out to people and ended with the wider world reacting to it in a really positive way. It’s been very, very rewarding so far, and to work with the labels you have just mentioned has been a great privilege.
The retakes (Versions) on classic Arthur Russell, Kraftwerk and Derrick Carter tracks are now mentioned as the beginning of a great career. Why did you choose these tracks to edit?
They were all just tracks that I loved and that I felt an instinctive urge to re-work… with Kraftwerk, it was a more practical matter than the other two – the original is an amazing piece of music, and the only thing I wanted to change was the sequence of it a little and the mix, so it would work on a dancefloor but in a transparent way where it still really very much feels like the original. The other two are a lot more like remixes, more creative. I remember hearing in my head the basics of what it would sound like, and then just going with the flow from there.
Your Soundcloud says that LOR is an abbreviation of Lunar Orbit Rendezvous. Can you explain?
I am a keen stargazer and I’m drawn to anything related to space or astronomy. Lunar Orbit Rendezvous was the technique used for all missions in the Apollo space program. A spacecraft releases the lander craft to touch down on the moon, enters a lunar orbit and they “rendezvous” again later, the astronauts then returning to earth on the spacecraft.
Obviously we are big fans, and we’ve read that new “Versions” material is coming. Which classics are you reworking this time?
I’ve done some reworks of tracks by the great Larry Heard this time. Like the previous Versions EP, these just came really naturally. When I listened to these Larry Heard tracks I immediately heard ideas in my head and it just flowed. It’s not always like that with these things… it’s nice when it works. When it’s working it flows like water. When it’s not it feels like a fight and it never works out! I’m playing them in my sets and the reactions have been good, plus I have given them to some of my favourite DJs, like Kristian Âme and Roman Flügel, who I’m happy to say are playing them too.
01. LOR – Sound (Intro)
02. Auntie Flo ft Anbuley – Waiting For A Woman (Revenge Rework Dixon Beat Edit) – Philomena
03. Sau Poler – Esperits (LOR Remix) – Atomnation
04. Isolée – Pisco – Maeve
05. Love Over Entropy – Forty Four – Lossless
06. Aera – Bibimbap – Hivern Discs
07. Leif Müller – Holidays Everywhere – Mule Musiq
08. Shaded & Harvard Bass – Mental Fade – Twin Turbo
09. Soukie & Windish – No One – Igloo
10. Seth Troxler – CZ – Tuskegee
11. Daniel Bortz & Marcus Worgull – Skinner Box – Exit Strategy
12. Aera – Lumen – Hivern Discs’