Orbital - Classic or Dud?

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Matt DC, Thursday, 21 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

i liked the mutations ep and the tune in mortal combat - they ok

a-33, Thursday, 21 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Are we here? I'm over there, probably saying Classic.

Jeff W, Thursday, 21 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh God, Classic, by so far it's not funny. The last LP was a bit rubbish, but the previous ones are all brilliant, In Sides and Brown especially.

Nick Southall, Thursday, 21 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

A magnificent duo who've made a string of good or great records. I don't go a month without listening to something of theirs.

Martin Skidmore, Thursday, 21 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

TOTAL CLASSIC. Some of the largest techno influences: Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Richard James (aka Aphex Twin) and Orbital.

p & p are real cool in person, too.

christopher, Friday, 22 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

four years pass...
Heard something new from Paul Hartnoll tonight on Zane Lowe, ethereal and crunchy, very Orbitalesque (ish?), would fit nicely on Snivilization. Apparently there's going to be a new Orbital album soon, could be a disaster but I'm quite stoked about this.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Monday, 23 October 2006 19:44 (thirteen years ago) link

If there is one dance/electronica act that is undeniably classic, then Orbital is it. "In Sides" is the best album of the entire genre.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Monday, 23 October 2006 20:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I thought they broke up after Blue in '04. Gotta link for any info on a new album?

turkey (turkey), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 05:56 (thirteen years ago) link

Loopz the official Orbital site has a bit on it but info is very, very sketchy.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 16:50 (thirteen years ago) link

They definitely did break up. I hope if they're bringing out a new album it's better than the last couple which were really disappointing. However i'm really excited about hearing it!

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 16:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Those recent ones kind of suggested they had lost it, so I don't think breaking up was the stupidest thing to do at the time.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 20:39 (thirteen years ago) link

just in today - new paul hartnoll 12" - dec 4th - on kids label

http://www.kidsthelabel.co.uk

tracks : patchwork guilt/gloopy

and both are very classical orbital styled tracks ..

mark e (mark e), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 13:20 (thirteen years ago) link

i thuoght they split up!?

wogan lenin (dog latin), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 13:31 (thirteen years ago) link

never mind.

wogan lenin (dog latin), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 13:32 (thirteen years ago) link

I suppose Paul Hartnoll didn't split up.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 13:34 (thirteen years ago) link

amoebas can split themselves

latebloomer: Veteran of the Mai Tai Massacre (latebloomer), Wednesday, 25 October 2006 15:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Okay, so is this like the shortest Orbital thread on ILM or what?

Dugga Dugga Dugga (Bimble...), Thursday, 26 October 2006 04:23 (thirteen years ago) link

six months pass...
i have seen the light and it is titled 'middle of nowhere'. only took eight years.

That one guy that quit, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 13:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Hahahaha! Better late than never! (Now go immerse yrself in In Sides and Snivilization.)

HI DERE, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 13:53 (thirteen years ago) link

He might mean the Hanson one.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 14:01 (thirteen years ago) link

hurrah for MoN which is > Snivilisation > Insides. today.

Alan, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 14:04 (thirteen years ago) link

really? should i try MoN? i'm still totally sold on brown.

CharlieNo4, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 14:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Hahahaha! Better late than never! (Now go immerse yrself in In Sides and Snivilization.)

-- HI DERE, Wednesday, May 2, 2007 4:53 PM (16 minutes ago)


oh i've been all over those forever! it was liking 'in sides' so much that left me underwhelmed by 'middle of nowhere'. but i'm over that now.

That one guy that quit, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 14:11 (thirteen years ago) link

The true test is when you go "Wait, there's actually some really awesome stuff on The Altogether!"

HI DERE, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 14:20 (thirteen years ago) link

never got that, so will update in 2015

That one guy that quit, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 14:20 (thirteen years ago) link

"Wait, there's actually some really awesome stuff on The Altogether!

or even the last album (which i never listen to)

the first three tracks on MON are so great. still dislike 'Style'.

In Sides would probably win an Orbital albums Poll, don't think it's worth doing one. An Orbital non-singles tracks poll might be more fun.

blueski, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 14:24 (thirteen years ago) link

meanwhile i heard the first minute or so of 'Frenetic' the other day for the first time and finally understood why that track doesn't get much love. it really sucks until the 'Kinetic' hook comes in properly.

blueski, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 14:26 (thirteen years ago) link

insides ftw

sleep, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 14:32 (thirteen years ago) link

and of course halcyon + on + on

sleep, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 14:33 (thirteen years ago) link

I don't think I will ever get sick of listening to "Way Out/Spare Parts Express". Middle of Nowhere could be just those two tracks and I would barely notice. (OK, "Nothing Left" is pretty nice too.) As time goes on, it gets more and more cemented as my favorite Orbital song (I think of it as one song, don't make me split it up!).

Vinnie, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:19 (thirteen years ago) link

ditto to vinnie. mostly. insides is really not all that.

Alan, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:20 (thirteen years ago) link

I don't think I will ever get sick of listening to "Way Out/Spare Parts Express". Middle of Nowhere could be just those two tracks and I would barely notice.

this is where i've been for all these years... but then i reached further in.

That one guy that quit, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:21 (thirteen years ago) link

'in sides' opening and closing tracks still godhead.

That one guy that quit, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:22 (thirteen years ago) link

so much so that they sampled most of them on MoN.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Pop Will Eat Itself were sampling their previous albums when Hartnolls wuz nipXoRs

Alan, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:24 (thirteen years ago) link

KLF sampled the same two songs throughout their entire career but HELL THEY WERE THE KLF!

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:25 (thirteen years ago) link

i wonder why they didn't just get Alison G to sing 'Autumn'. i suppose Pooka or whatever they were called brought a slightly different quality to it - more 'waily'. the opening lines of the song are wonderfully sinister.

blueski, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:29 (thirteen years ago) link

insides is really not all that.

STONE THE INDFIDEL

HI DERE, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:43 (thirteen years ago) link

this is where i've been for all these years... but then i reached further in.

I've tried, but it's been tough. I know I've heard the whole thing at least ten times by now, and I've had it for years. But putting "Way Out/Spare Parts Express" first kills the album for me. It's just such a perfect song, nothing else on the album really compares after listening to it. And I never want to not listen to it when I pull out the album!

I'm starting to think my relationship with this song is unhealthy.

Vinnie, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:44 (thirteen years ago) link

srsly d00d. the box, ace, the rest, fnuh. altogether aside, probly my least listened to orbital album. maybe i'll have a relisten.

Alan, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:45 (thirteen years ago) link

"Adnan's" is possibly my favorite thing they've ever done. I'm not super invested in "Dwr Budr" but everything else on that album is essential listening for me.

HI DERE, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:50 (thirteen years ago) link

the box, ace, the rest, fnuh.

dude 'The Girl With The Sun In Her Head' surely. 'P.E.T.R.O.L.' kicks bottoms. 'Dwr Budr' is as sinister, melancholy and lush as anything they've done, 'Adnans' too for that matter. i never used to like it as much as the second album and thought the highs on it were no greater than the high on 'Sniv'...perhaps I still don't but it really is a great piece of work as a whole.

blueski, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:51 (thirteen years ago) link

i've seen Orbital only 4 times ever, all at festivals (in 97, 99, 02 and 04).

blueski, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:52 (thirteen years ago) link

but as i've said elsewhere on ILM if Orbital were to ever come back and do one of those 'perform the entire album from start to finish' gigs, I would now want it to be InSides.

blueski, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:53 (thirteen years ago) link

'OUT THERE SOMEWHERE' FFS PEOPLE

That one guy that quit, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:54 (thirteen years ago) link

Saw Orbital at the Royal Albert Hall ('96?) and that remains one of the most incredible gigs I've ever witnessed in my life.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 15:57 (thirteen years ago) link

ok, i WILL have a relisten. but it's still MoN all the way for me.

i think i saw orbital 7 times! five times at glasto (ISTR the same as steve, with added sometime around 1994, though 02 i was not into it so much for some reason), once at Brixton wossname, and once at Hammersmith Palais (though i was super grumpy from ticket shananigans, and it was the Altogether tour meh-ness)

Alan, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 16:01 (thirteen years ago) link

The first couple of minutes of Dwr Bdr are amazing and spine-tingling. In fact the second half of The Box is probably the bit I was most tempted to skip last time I listened to InSides, maybe I've just heard too much.

The first three tracks on MoN are incredible but I remember thinking at the time the album sagged hugely after that. It's improved with age if anything, possibly because around 2004 loads of dance music sounded like MoN (Nothing Left in particular). I Don't Know You People is still a bit crap though.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 16:03 (thirteen years ago) link

(this sounds like a record for me - i.e. the act i've seen the most live. i'd have to count times i've seen New Order...)

Alan, Wednesday, 2 May 2007 16:04 (thirteen years ago) link

snorebital

koogs, Thursday, 31 March 2016 17:32 (four years ago) link

their brief death metal phase: gorebital

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 31 March 2016 17:35 (four years ago) link

gonna go ahead and write the Orbituary

frogbs, Thursday, 31 March 2016 17:51 (four years ago) link

These were all proposed Orbital album titles until that other band had to go and use up all the Orb related puns

Vinnie, Thursday, 31 March 2016 23:59 (four years ago) link

The last great Orbital release imho was their single Don't Stop Me/The Gun Is Good. The latter is actually in my top 10 of their best tracks, which is saying a lot considering how much I loved their stuff from 92-99.

octobeard, Friday, 1 April 2016 05:14 (four years ago) link

have we ever polled orbital?

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 1 April 2016 15:13 (four years ago) link

As in a ballot-based tracks poll? I don't think so?

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Friday, 1 April 2016 20:45 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

https://vimeo.com/166207798

schwantz, Tuesday, 21 June 2016 18:47 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

so Paul made an album with Vince Clarke and nobody's talking about it? does anyone have it?

frogbs, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 12:49 (three years ago) link

I wouldn't say *nobody*...

http://thequietus.com/articles/20721-vince-clarke-paul-hartnoll-2square-album-review

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 13:08 (three years ago) link

I didn't even know about this! I find the idea of this one a bit more exciting than the Gore collaboration.

the hair - it's lost its energy (Turrican), Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:40 (three years ago) link

It isn't very good, not terrible either but just sort of watery and unmemorable.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:41 (three years ago) link

Yeah, I'm not expecting it to be amazing, but I'll still give it a listen out of curiosity.

the hair - it's lost its energy (Turrican), Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:45 (three years ago) link

It's total comfort food; I liked it a lot.

Don't boo, vote (DJP), Tuesday, 16 August 2016 16:47 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

New single out on Friday!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BikAp_qHV5t/?taken-by=orbital

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 20:26 (two years ago) link

the track itself is on both their recently-released live albums. sort of an Orbital-meets-Plaid sort of deal. hopefully there's a B-side!!

frogbs, Wednesday, 9 May 2018 20:51 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

New album is actually great! It's got silliness and some serious bangers. Love the title track, The Raid, P.H.U.K., Tiny Foldable Cities and the fantastic There Will Come A Time.

Feels more "Orbital" than Wonky, but far less "phoned in" than the Blue album felt.

octobeard, Friday, 14 September 2018 05:34 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

here's a really cool project, a 5 1/2 hour compilation of live performances with tracks often blending together several live performances. also a couple of "Choose your own adventure" elements. have not been through it all yet but so far it's sounding amazing

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nykrdz6hjgy82v5/AAD9I1pz04bEte6D0T6O0KrYa?dl=0

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:19 (one year ago) link

sounds awesome, link is broke tho??

Randomly been playing the crap out of Middle of Nowhere lately :D

maffew12, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:22 (one year ago) link

would love that link!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:43 (one year ago) link

Google led me to the group on FB it originated from. The uploader is aware of the problem with the link but is currently following Orbital on their tour in Australia.

groovypanda, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 23:08 (one year ago) link

(I'm assuming it's a Dropbox thing as they're not fond of lots and lots of people downloading the same file/s)

groovypanda, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 23:09 (one year ago) link

YSI frogbs

steven, soda jerk (sic), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:36 (one year ago) link

It’s like, super big. All the files are flax’s.

Can soulseek it though...username is bonzalez

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 01:14 (one year ago) link

All the files are flax’s.

thanks but nah then! :D (what's the actual project called though, I'll see if someone's converted it)

steven, soda jerk (sic), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 06:01 (one year ago) link

Timeless Soundtrack Live 1990- 2018

No idea if that's what the files are labelled though

groovypanda, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 06:41 (one year ago) link

https://www.borndirty.org/forums/showthread.php?t=18549 final artwork is done, everything is in that dropbox link (quite complicated with the three (four?) different versions you can make, extended/overburn or alternative options with fades or various tracks even)

StanM, Monday, 11 March 2019 19:05 (one year ago) link

the "OMT050 - Timeless Soundtrack Live 1990-2018" folder contains a .torrent file that may be even better than getting everything via dropbox

StanM, Monday, 11 March 2019 19:07 (one year ago) link

I think I gave their last album maybe 2 or 3 listens and I haven't felt the need to put it on since. I'm still listening to Wonky a lot, though.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 11 March 2019 19:16 (one year ago) link

3 gigs, dang! okay i'm in. thanks!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 11 March 2019 19:18 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

nice little mix for 6music today

Tracklisting for @orbitalband Friday Mix @BBC6Music

"The Glasshouse With Butterfly” Floex (UNRELEASED EXCLUSIVE ORBITAL REMIX)
”Bad Boys Cry” Mark Lower ft. Scarlett Quinn
“H3liX” Funkagenda
”Dextrous” Nightmares on Wax
”Maru” Plaid (UNRELEASED EXCLUSIVE ORBITAL REMIX)

— maryanne hobbs (@maryannehobbs) May 10, 2019

groovypanda, Friday, 10 May 2019 12:06 (one year ago) link

^ that is 1:34:56 into this

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0004t24

koogs, Thursday, 16 May 2019 08:52 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

finally giving the OMT050 set a proper listen and its really great. it starts with "Out There Somewhere" so you know this is really a "for the fans, by the fans" sorta thing. bounces all over Orbital's career, often blending 2+ performances of the tracks together (mostly to get the transitions they want), almost sounding like one really long show in a sense. sound quality is pretty good for the most part ("I Don't Know You People" sounds fairly poor but that's it) and the track selection is really nice...first half is nearly all stuff from Sniv, In Sides, and MoN, including the full version of "The Box"...at least, everything up to the vocal part). I think the focus was to capture the performances where they add in new loops or drop in unexpected samples.

on the other hand lmao its 5 1/2 hours long

frogbs, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 15:22 (one year ago) link

"maru" remix >>> anything on monsters exist
plaid melodism / orbital brashness seem to work well together, hope there will be more.
imagine what orbital could do with "do matter"!

scanner darkly, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 23:18 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

🔘 BACK IN THE DAY BEFORE OUR GEAR HAD USEFUL SCREENS BUILT IN WE HAD TO WRITE OUR OWN LABELS | NOW YOU KNOW WHY THE TORCH GLASSES CAME IN SO USEFUL | YOU TRY READING THIS LOT IN THE SMOKE AND STROBES WITHOUT THEM 🔘 pic.twitter.com/XT98f3GNxy

— Orbital (@orbitalband) September 30, 2019

groovypanda, Monday, 30 September 2019 19:23 (ten months ago) link

wasn't there supposed to be a massive 30th anniversary thing coming out this year

frogbs, Monday, 30 September 2019 22:16 (ten months ago) link

seven months pass...

Brown album listening party tonight and In Sides tomorrow

(Both at 9pm BST so tonight's is just under 12 hours away from now for any non-Brits)

groovypanda, Thursday, 14 May 2020 08:25 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

just in case you'd forgotten, Satan pwns

shout-out to his family (DJP), Monday, 6 July 2020 19:28 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

In 45 minutes on YouTube, Paul Hartnoll will introduce the audio from the first ever Orbital gig.

He will take you back to Feb 1990 in London. Join the listening party and SUBSCRIBE to the ORBITAL YouTube channel.

Premiere link is livehttps://t.co/6YxP5KLi6j

— Orbital (@orbitalband) August 1, 2020

chonky floof (groovypanda), Saturday, 1 August 2020 19:32 (one week ago) link

Fifteen minutes to go. Double dropping espressos as we speak.

Stanley Halfbrick (Noel Emits), Saturday, 1 August 2020 19:45 (one week ago) link

Nice! Thanks for the notice

maf you one two (maffew12), Saturday, 1 August 2020 20:07 (one week ago) link

This is great

Steppin' RZA (sic), Saturday, 1 August 2020 20:16 (one week ago) link

Yeah

Hoping (and presuming) it will find its way onto the interweb in mp3 format soon

chonky floof (groovypanda), Saturday, 1 August 2020 20:18 (one week ago) link

Get a Bandcamp, Orbital!

Not only was the set ace, it's astounding how clear & sharp the sound was, for a 30-year-old tape played through a TV. Wonder if it was a straight stereo output, or they recorded multitrack and Paul was able to polish it up a bit for this stream.

Steppin' RZA (sic), Saturday, 1 August 2020 20:36 (one week ago) link

DAT I imagine. Chime famously recorded on cassette though.

Stanley Halfbrick (Noel Emits), Saturday, 1 August 2020 21:00 (one week ago) link

Sure, but I mean what they were feeding to the DAT.

Steppin' RZA (sic), Saturday, 1 August 2020 21:26 (one week ago) link

rad!

davey, Saturday, 1 August 2020 21:58 (one week ago) link

this is me, in sides stan numero uno
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCyxLCe8dKc

davey, Saturday, 1 August 2020 21:58 (one week ago) link

(it's not me)

davey, Saturday, 1 August 2020 22:07 (one week ago) link

someone sign him up

maf you one two (maffew12), Saturday, 1 August 2020 22:09 (one week ago) link


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