Part Fifty-Seven. From their relatively humble beginnings producing simple but infectious top 20 Pop-Dance tunes to their more recent sophisticated top 5 Pop-Dance tunes, classic albums, film & TV scores and beyond, Orbital have crafted some of the most innovative yet accessible electronic music since their inception in 1989 whilst at the same time retaining great respect for their live work due to their extraordinary shows around the globe which pay as much attention to the live mixing of visuals and choice of imagery, as to the live sound itself. Perhaps, though, one of their greatest achievements is their longevity which is firmly based on a sound that is recognizably their own, coupled with a will to proceed at their own pace and on their own terms with little regard to the industry machinations that surround them or the musical fads and trends that come and go.
Named after Greater London’s own circular autobahn, the M25 – central to the early Rave scene and party network in the South East during the halcyon ‘daze’ of Acid House – Orbital are manned by brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll. The duo’s popularity grew rapidly with the release of their second album, titled “Orbital 2” in 1993. The album reached #28 on the UK album charts, staying in the top chart for fifteen weeks. Orbital won a NME award for “Vibes Best Dance Act” early in 1994, but it was their headline appearance at the Glastonbury Festival on 25 June 1994 that brought them most attention. Q magazine classed it as one of the top 50 gigs of all time, and in 2002 included Orbital in their list of “50 Bands to See Before You Die”.
Since then they’ve released 7 studio albums (9 albums in total) and the newest one – ‘Wonky’ – came out only a month ago. It’s the band’s first album in eight years, and the first single (also called Wonky) gets released later this month with remixes from The Japanese Popstars, CSY & Stripes.
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FIVE SONGS YOU MUST HEAR THIS WEEK #57 – ORBITAL
THE JAPANESE POPSTARS FT. ROBERT SMITH-TAKE FOREVER
We’ve just been on tour with these guys and loved their show, this is one of my favourite tracks from their current album, and also features Robert smith.
KING CRISMON-IN THE COURT OF THE CRISMON KING
I’m just discovering prog rock properly and can’t believe how much influence on the music of the last few decades I can hear in this fantasticly melancholic track.
I’ve always loved Plaid and this is a favourite of mine from their brilliant new album Scintilli, it’s so electronic and so emotional.
JOANNA NEWSOM-GO LONG
I wouldn’t have thought that just some one singing and playing the harp could hold so much of my attention, but this is so captivating, I can’t even listen to this with out getting a lump in my throat.
Great new track from Tom, it’s a bit more electronic than recent releases. Total electronic journey music, prog techno anyone?