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Movement in Still Life

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October 8, 1999

Release date
8 October 1999

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73:52 (UK)56:35 (US)74:04 (4xLP)

Movement in Still Life(1999)
Extended Movement(2000)

Electronica, Electronic dance music, Breakbeat

BT albums, Electronic dance music albums

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Movement in Still Life is the third studio album by electronica artist BT. Released, in the United Kingdom in 1999, with a modified version for the United States in 2000. The album features a transition towards hip hop and includes the singles "Godspeed", "Dreaming", and in the US, "Never Gonna Come Back Down".


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In the United States, Movement was entirely revamped for an American audience. This pressing edits every track by a few minutes and appears in an unmixed format with pauses between songs. The track listing was also re-arranged: acoustic closer "Satellite" was moved to the middle of the record and was replaced by straight hip hop track "Love on Haight Street", while the album's opening was also moved to the centre of the record, and was replaced by "Madskills Mic-Chekka" and the US single "Never Gonna Come Back Down", which featured Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing on vocals. "Ride", "The Hip Hop Phenomenon", "Giving Up the Ghost" and "Namistai" were replaced with "Shame" and "Smartbomb"; the latter of which would be sampled for *NSYNC's international hit "Pop", which was also produced by BT.

The Australian pressing of Movement in Still Life uses the UK track listing, but replaces "The Hip Hop Phenomenon" with "Never Gonna Come Back Down", mixing it into it surrounding tracks with transitions.

There exists two versions on vinyl: a double-LP version containing a variant of the UK track listing, and a quadruple-LP version featuring eight tracks, with one song per side; this second version wholly features extended mixes. Several of these extended mixes were later added to a Special Edition double-CD set from Hong Kong, which also included other extended mixes.

Cover art

The art of the main album cover is a photogram, Invocation, by Adam Fuss.


Movement in Still Life ties These Hopeful Machines with the most singles BT ever released from one album, largely due to the differences between the UK and US versions. Tracks like "Godspeed" and "Mercury and Solace" did well in the UK, but would not fare well on US radios, where "Never Gonna Come Back Down" and "Shame" performed well on American alternative rock stations. "Smartbomb" was used in several films, most notably in 3000 Miles to Graceland, and was used in the video game FreQuency. The Plump DJs remix of "Smartbomb" and "Hip Hop Phenomenon" were featured in the video game SSX Tricky. The Plump DJs remix also appears in Wipeout Fusion. A remix of "Never Gonna Come Back Down" was featured in FIFA Football 2002.


  • BT – all other vocals, instruments and programming
  • Musicians

  • Peanut Butter Wolf – record scratching on "Movement in Still Life" and "Love on Haight Street"
  • Planet Asia – vocals on "Madskillz-Mic Chekka"
  • Hutchi – vocals on "Madskillz-Mic Chekka"
  • Rasco – vocals on "Madskillz-Mic Chekka", "Smartbomb" and "Love on Haight Street"
  • DJ Davey Dave – "cuts" and "scratching" on "Madskillz-Mic Chekka" and "Smartbomb"
  • Jan Johnston – vocals on "Mercury and Solace", backing vocals on "Dreaming"
  • DJ Rap – vocals on "Giving Up the Ghost"
  • Kirsty Hawkshaw – vocals on "Dreaming" and "Running Down the Way Up"
  • Scott Frassetto – live drums on "Satellite"
  • Richard Fortus – guitars on "Shame", "Running Down the Way Up" and "Smartbomb"
  • Mike Doughty – vocals on "Never Gonna Come Back Down"
  • Fifty Grand – vocals on "Love on Haight Street"
  • Production

  • Sasha – co-production on "Ride"
  • Adam Freeland – co-production on "Madskillz-Mic Chekka"
  • Kevin Beber – co-production on "Madskillz-Mic Chekka"
  • Tsunami One [Adam Freeland & Kevin Beber] – co-production on "The Hip Hop Phenomenon"
  • Paul Van Dyk – co-production on "Namasté"
  • Hybrid – co-production on "Running Down the Way Up" and co-credited with "Godspeed"
  • Songs

    Movement in Still Life6:33
    Madskillz - Mic Chekka5:36


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