A History of ‘Frames & Felix Lloyd - Pacifique (Polographia Remix)’
The genealogy of some songs is fascinating. Tracing the lineage of a song back to its basic elements is often as rewarding as the song itself. Take ‘Frames & Felix Lloyd - Pacifique (Polographia Remix)’, for example. It’s a fantastic piece of electronic music, with enough tropical vibes to make you want a dozen cocktails served in coconuts and a moonlit beach to dance on.
This Polographia remix is one of four on the recently released Pacifique Remix EP from Frames and Felix Lloyd. The EP also features a bass-heavy, trap-sounding remix from Moonbase Commander, an up-tempo dance interpretation from Murat KILIC, as well as the Osaka mix, a deep, smooth house track.
The four remixes provide four great, individual takes on Frames and Felix Lloyd’s ‘Pacifique’. All of the tracks on the Pacifique Remix EP have a sound and a feel that is unique from the original and the other remixes, except for one thing. The one common thread between these songs is that resonant synth line – you know the one – that was first featured on Deep Forest’s 1992 ambient-electro hit ‘Sweet Lullaby’.
The original ‘Pacifique’ (confusingly, named after a different Deep Forest single) is a pretty straightforward cover of ‘Sweet Lullaby’, sped up a little and with a sprinkling of tropical percussion. It’s pretty groovy, sure, but the reason it got its very own remix EP is surely because of the universal appeal of ‘Sweet Lullaby’. That synth line alone has more or less become a cultural icon amongst twenty-somethings, thanks to everyone’s Mum and their undying love for chill-out compilation CDs.
Interestingly, ‘Sweet Lullaby’ itself was inspired by a traditional Baegu lullaby from the Solomon Islands. The vocal sample used in the track, a performance of ‘Rorogwela’ sung by an old woman named Afunakwa, was recorded by a Swiss-French ethnomusicologist in 1970. It tells the story of a boy comforting his orphaned younger brother: “Young brother, young brother, be quiet. You are crying, but our father has left us. He has gone to the place of the dead, to protect the living, to protect the orphan child.”
So, from a moving piece of traditional music from the island of Malaita, we’ve moved incrementally forwards, and arrived at a golden, summery piece of electronica, released this past week on Sweat It Out Music. It’s funny how these things work out.