Aphrodite – Spice (Of The Gods Remix) (Aphrodite Recordings, 1997)
The original version of ‘Spice’ was released in 1996 as the B Side of ‘Style From The Dark Side’. In 1997 Aphrodite remixed it for his Moods EP and the Aphrodite Recordings label compilation, adding dialogue samples from Dune to the previously instrumental cut.
The remix sticks pretty close to the original, keeping the saxophone hook while upping the new age synths during the rather un-Aphrodite style intro. To this he adds the Dune samples, starting with the introductory monologue of Princess Irulan: “In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the spice Melange. The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness”. Just before the drop he adds the second, this time Baron Vladimir Harkonnen from this scene: “He who controls the spice controls the universe”. Once you get to the drop though the track is much more of a typical Aphrodite tune with streamlined breakbeats and his usual bassline. While the Dune samples add some interest I prefer the original as it’s a bit less cheesy and has better Sandy/Think based drums, although the remix is the more well known version.
The remix is available to purchase digitally via Beatport (it’s listed as the original mix, but isn’t). Aphrodite has of course remixed the tune a few more times, with the ‘Even Spicier’ mix appearing on his Aphrodite LP for V2 in 1999 and an unfinished 2010 version available to download for free from his Soundcloud page: