The New Composers* ‎– Sputnik Of Life

Vinyl, 12", White Label, Stamped


A Sputnik Of Life (Mix 1)
B1 Sputnik Of Life (Mix 2)
B2 Sirens Of Titan


The centre of the record has a stamped 3 legged symbol and a sticker with 'The New Composers Sputnik Of Life' on it.

Came with info sheet from Ark records, which reads:
"Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty-three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules - and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as progress"
- Ransom K. Fern

Musical hub of the post-perestroika pop art movement in Leningrad, The New Composers team up with Liverpool based Ark Records to produce the first in a series of new artist releases by Ark - "Sputnik of Life" b/w "Sirens of Titan" - The New Composers debut single ...

In 2019 Russian boutique label Maschina Records reissued the single from the original master tapes with inclusion of previously unreleased Ambient Mix of "Sputnik Of Life" on limited edition black and super limited white vinyl.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: SPUTNIK OF LIFE A R
  • Matrix / Runout: SPUTNIK OF LIFE B1 R

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none New Composers Sputnik Of Life(4xFile, FLAC, EP) Psychonavigation Records none Ireland 2016
MASHLP-037 New Composers Sputnik Of Life(12", EP, Ltd, RE, RM, Whi) Maschina Records MASHLP-037 Russia 2019 Sell This Version
none New Composers Sputnik Of Life(4xFile, MP3, EP) Psychonavigation Records none Ireland 2016
none New Composers Sputnik Of Life(4xFile, WAV, EP) Psychonavigation Records none Ireland 2016
MASHLP-037 New Composers Sputnik Of Life(12", EP, RE, RM) Maschina Records MASHLP-037 Russia 2019 Sell This Version


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January 26, 2020

I've actually had and sold two copies of this 12". The first has faded from my memory and the second was a copy I found in the bargin bucket in a shop in Shorditch which I expect isn't there and longer called 'Smallfish'...and then I sold it again on here.....I'm not sure why. It's a great track with THAT bassline that I have been trying to find the identity of for , it must be, 30 years now.... I have found something close in this;
..but I'm not entirely sure that is the first example because the one I'm thinking of is much less cluttered with samples....
Anyway, very decent bit of house music history which just seemed to appear out of nowhere and got played everywhere !


June 21, 2018
edited over 2 years ago

'Round about 1995 I was working in a 2nd hand record shop. This place was a real dump with a hole in the roof out the back (not near the records), no toilet and few customers. That place was horrible to work in the winter of '95.... I wore 10 layers of clothing.

The boss bought 5000 12" singles off a local DJ who was going off travelling. This guy had hawked his records all over town but no one wanted them so my boss made a lowball offer of £200 which was accepted. There was a ton of great stuff in there as you may well imagine.

One day some clued-up guy came into the shop and went through the boxes. He found this weird looking 12" with the three-legged alien. He gave a cry of joy and said to me "if you ever see this record, just buy it". There was no indication of the artist - and he didn't say - but he did tell me that Dr Alex Paterson of The Orb used to DJ with it. We had it priced at £4 so he went off happy.

A couple of years later I was working in a slightly better shop 'round the corner. Every day people bought in boxes of records to sell. This was pre-internet so collections came in all the time. I always got first chance to go through the racks. The boss wasn't interested in dance records - except for making money. One day I saw the three-legged alien again so I bought it for myself. I still didn't know who it was by.

A few years after THAT Dr Alex Paterson came in to the radio station I also worked in at the time. I had bought my 12" in for him to identify. He took a look at it and then said after a few moments "New Composers" and the mystery was at last solved.

I have a 4 track CDr promo by New Composers which I can't see on Discogs. Tracks are: Onion Pizza, Entropy, Chronavtika and Automatic Fantasy. Tracks from 1994 - 2000. Looks to be on the Musa label. Has artwork but no other details. Maybe I will add this at some point.


January 30, 2017
killer track from 1990!really need it in my collection again..anyone selling? ill give em good money for mint copy!


November 5, 2014

"Он ждёт тебя, согрей его, прибавь ему любви и света !"


July 5, 2011
wicked dubby bleepy old skool piano prodded obscure gem . like sort of kraftwerk if they recorded for warp records lol. has a loud "SPUTNIIIIIIIIIK" shouted in middle . hardly ever heard or saw this about back in the day . worth old skool acquisition , i have it on one of my mix tapes from may 92 so it is well before that the release date


November 29, 2008

Think about Kraftwerk meeting Model 500's "Strings Of Life", with the added bonus of the russian accent : this one is a killer indeed. New Composers were hitting hard with this first release, and achieving the marriage of electronic bleeps with a fantasticely danceable housey mood.
The Mix 1 is the most famous (the one later featured on the LP), and the most energetic, while the Mix 2 sets the piano appart to focus only on the bleeps + stomping beats.
The 3rd track is a strange and original beatless piece, with Eric Satie-esque piano pattern plus vocalizings.
This legendary release has gained a cult status due to its small circulation then, and to the fact it never got any proper release except for this stamped promo for DJ. Often appears on ebay at ridiculousely high prices, but worth having : this is a perfect example of "Techno-house", and of a time when superb production and undergound spirit could meet radio airplay.