Brand new album by The Orb, my my my! This is a major new statement from the electronic duo, with four lengthy tracks on the regular edition and a further two on the special, which is a triple LP + CD. All beautifully laid out by The Designer’s Republic and released by the excellent Kompakt label.
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8/10 Ian Staff review, 19 June 2015
The brand new full length from almighty lords of ambient The Orb, released on German label Kompakt Records, is standard post-club, monged-out chillness from Paterson and Fehlmann, with four lengthy tracks of bugged out floaty dance music of a typical nineties flavour. The Orb have never really deviated from their trademark sound but that is often comforting in the vast world of ever changing genres and sub-genres of electronic dance music. The first half has lots of little nods to Orb of old with shuffling four four beats over varying library samples, almost like the missing gap between 'UFOrb' and 'Pomme Fritz', second half gets a little funked up with a track dedicated to the late great J Dilla.
Where early Orb had that tripped out LSD ambience with lots of minimal synths and field recordings of airplanes flying overhead and hippies banging on about little fluffy clouds, this is a more danceable funky ambience of a "let's find an after hours bar and have one more dance" type of post-club groove. With nearly 25 years work under their belts it's refreshing to see these old fellas still creating this kind of genre defining music, with even Sir Brian Eno often confessing his love for all things Orbesque. Even I often forget that these guys haven't stopped making music since 1991 until a record like this reminds me that I still love The Orb and probably always will.
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