Unreleased Track from the Million Dollar Hotel Sessions finds an Alternate Home

AllStar by Lisa Ladouceur (2000-07-02)

An unreleased track from the Million Dollar Hotel sessions featuring Bono on vocals will see release on the upcoming Mocean Worker album, due this September on Palm Pictures.

“Air Suspension,” which appears briefly in the movie as background trance music during a fight, was omitted from the film’s soundtrack. Mocean Worker, a.k.a. Adam Dorn, who co-wrote the tune with the U2 singer while working on the soundtrack, has radically altered the original recording for his own record. He calls the revised version “Beck meets Underworld.”

“I saw Bono at the movie premiere in Berlin and asked him if I could do something with the track for my album, but that I wanted to change it a lot,” explains Dorn. “He said, ‘Go for it.’ I was shocked. I mean, we really got along, he’s a great guy. But I honestly didn’t think it would be a possibility.”

Dorn, who has recorded three electronic albums under the Mocean Worker moniker, produced several jazz albums for the 32 Jazz reissues label and contributed bass and programming on many other recordings (including discs by David Sanborn and Jason Miles). He says working with the superstar singer was a breeze.

“He’s actually really cool and the management people are even cooler. It’s this rare scene. They were so helpful. I’ve worked with other guys like him that have 30 assistants, never call you back, the manager is a nightmare. With these people, everyone was just totally cool. They rushed him my disc while he’s working on the new U2 album in France and he called me back right away with suggestions and his O.K.”

“Air Suspension” will appear on the new Mocean Worker release, Aural & Hearty, which also features guest DJ Roc Raida from X-ecutioners. In the meantime, Dorn continues to work with Laurie Anderson on her upcoming disc.

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