I assume we all know about this LFO vs F.U.S.E. collaboration between Richie Hawtin (F.U.S.E.) and Mark Bell, Gez Varley (LFO). It was released in 1995 as a single sided 12″. Ironically the catalog number states the availability as ‘limited’, PLUS8054(LIMITED), even though you can easily get the single sided EP , and it’s even available digitally.
But the lesser known LFO mix (entitled LFO Journey Mix) is the one that’s interesting to me. I found this gem on youtube the other day and while reading the comments I noticed Gez Varley (member of LFO until 1996) was there with the story of how it came to be:
This tracks is LFO vs F.U.S.E. “Loop”. This is the b-side mix which came out on “Quick One” records (A sub label of WARP) back in 1993. As far as I know this mix never came out on any +8 release. The other mix of Loop (F.U.S.E. Mix) was released on +8 in 1995.
I love that after the session with Richie, LFO (Mark Bell and Gez Varley) sat down and made a different version that never made it to the ‘official’ release on +8 but only on this “Quick One” label, invented for this release only. The version that did end up on the +8 release is released as the F.U.S.E. (aka Hawtin) mix, and this version is the (LFO Journey Mix) which triggers my assumption that they just sketched the base of the track together and ended up both finishing a different version. As the ‘official release’ is just a single sided release it makes me curious why they didn’t just release both versions of the track on the +8 release.