Psychedelic electronica from ex-Gong guitarist who worked with The Orb before founding System 7

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With a career that draws lines between ’70s prog and ’90s deep house and techno, Steve Hillage and his partner Miquette Giraudy have been at the forefront of psychedelic electronica for over 30 years. Recording as System 7, their 1993 debut UK album 777 predated Underworld’s attempts to create intelligent tech house, reaching No 19 in the album charts and spawning the Top 40 hit, “7.7 Expansion”.

Fire (1994) featured collaborations with Laurent Garnier, Youth, The Drum Club and Derrick May, and its sibling album, Water, remixed the same tracks into one album-length ambient flow.

Never a duo to rest on their laurels, Golden Section (1997) saw System 7 embrace breakbeat and drum’n’bass, with Talvin Singh and Don Cherry along for the trip.