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Neptune Merrick Amazing job on the production & sounds...This is in a true dub styley. Super rich warm & crisp. Such a nice bit of bonus knowledge to know about being in The Thompson Twins, def rocked out and dj'ed those tunes back in the day...Great Work!!! Up there with the top producers in my book...Adrian Sherwood, Bill Laswell etc...!!!
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freewheelindave I really enjoy this album's refreshing retake on some of my already favourate tracks. Brilliantly recorded I'm setting up my new sub with these sounds as we speak. Thanks Tom Bailey for a really enjoable ear fest. Favorite track: Lost in Translation (International Observer Meets Horace Remix).
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rivendell The guy of off of the thomson twins, well i never, well done you I say, great album (ha, album get me) its all floating about in the ether or something. Favorite track: Autumn Leaves (International Observer's Oak Tree Dub).
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Oliver Cobbett The echoing horns and distorted vocals create a very submerged and atmospheric sound. Favorite track: Nowhere Dub (International Observer Remix).
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about

As a collection of International Observer’s remixes, ‘Touched’ collates over 15 years of studio trickery into a single disc, picking up some old favourites, a few hard to find obscurities and a handful of unreleased gems along the way.

International Observer’s Tom Bailey has had an illustrious career: as well as being in pop trio The Thompson Twins and ambient/dance duo, Babble, he has contributed his keyboard skills to Foreigner, Grace Jones and Debbie Harry, and created the Indian fusion group Holiwater Band.

This collection reflects that musical history, going from platinum selling pop acts like Bic Runga and Stellar* to the underground electronica of Pitch Black and Warp Technique, from modern reggae stars The Black Seeds to globetrotting beatsmiths Bombay Dub Orchestra and Minimal Compact. It even includes a remix of his son Jackson’s acclaimed Tapes project (championed by Thom Yorke amongst others).

Indicating the many years he spent there, more than half of the tracks originate in New Zealand, and some have never previously been available outside of those shores.

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released August 11, 2014

Bic Runga - Drive (International Observer's Doordashan Mix)
Written and produced by Bic Runga
Originally featured on the 'Roll into One' single
Published by B.K.BRic Music / Warner Chappell Music Publishing
Kindly licensed from Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand
bicrunga.com

Bombay Dub Orchestra - Monsoon Malabar (International Observer Remix)
Written by Garry Hughes and Andrew T. Mackay
Originally released on '3 Cities in Dub'
Published by Six Degrees Music
Kindly licensed from Six Degrees Records
bombaydub.com

Pitch Black featuring Brother J - 1000 Mile Drift (International Observer Remix)
Written and produced by Mike Hodgson and Paddy Free
Originally released on 'Rhythm, Sound and Movement'
Published by Native Tongue
pitchblack.co.nz

Warp Technique - Nowhere Dub (International Observer Remix)
Written and produced by Bill Fuller and Tom Burrows
Originally released on 'Make' EP
Published by Copyright Control
facebook.com/warptechnique

The Black Seeds - Come To Me (International Observer Remix)
Written by The Black Seeds, produced by Lee Prebble
Originally released on 'Specials'
Published by Native Tongue
Kindly licensed from Proville Records
theblackseeds.com

Minimal Compact - Autumn Leaves (International Observer's Oak Tree Dub)
Written by Birnbach/Fortis/Franken/Sakharof/Spigel, produced by Colin Newman
Original track released on 'Raging Souls'
This version never released before
Published by Strictly Confidential/Crammed Music
Kindly licensed from Crammed Discs
crammed.be

Pitch Black - Lost in Translation (International Observer Meets Horace Remix)
Written and produced by Mike Hodgson and Paddy Free
Originally released on 'Frequencies Fall'
Published by Native Tongue
pitchblack.co.nz

stellar* - Slack Bastard (International Observer Dub)
Written by Boh Runga, produced by stellar* and Tom Bailey
Originally featured on the 'What you Do' single
Published by Copyright Control
Kindly licensed from Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand
stellar.co.nz

Banco De Gaia - Oreia (International Observer's Monkey Forest Dub)
Written and produced by Toby Marks
Originally released on 'Rewritten Histories Vol.3: 2002-13'
Published by Copyright Control
Kindly licensed from Disco Gecko Recordings
banco.co.uk

Tapes - Lowry Dub (International Observer's Daddy Dub)
Written and produced by Jackson Bailey
Original track released on 'Hissing Theatricals'
This version never released before
Published by Copyright Control
Kindly licensed from Tapes
jahtari.org

Bic Runga - Drive (International Observer's Interstellar Underpass Mix)
Written and produced by Bic Runga
Original track released on 'Drive'
This version never released before
Published by B.K.BRic Music / Warner Chappell Music Publishing
Kindly licensed from Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand
bicrunga.com

Original prints and art direction by Lauren Drescher
laurenbibidrescher.com
Art production by Sofia Drescher and Nick Caro

Mastered by Toby Marks

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