web analytics
CamrynCamryn

Unlike so many young artists whose handlers and producers mask their vocal and perform [ ... ]

+ Full Story
MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO Original FireMEAT BEAT MANIFESTO Original Fire

Whoa, the masters are at it again. This album has it all: classics remixed, cla [ ... ]

+ Full Story
HAYDEN - The Closer I GetHAYDEN - The Closer I Get

Following the major press hype surrounding his first album, the 1995 home-made effort Ev [ ... ]

+ Full Story
VARIOUS - Hardcore Heaven 3VARIOUS - Hardcore Heaven 3

Third in the series and, as ever, packed full of happening hardcore currently doing the  [ ... ]

+ Full Story
 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Articles

Few merge the innovative with the accessible like Orbital. The duo's first album since 1996's brash 'In Sides', finds the Hartnoll bros. continuing to tap the infinite potential of an electronic universe, while at the same time merging it with their considerable melodic prowess. The album begins rather unexpectedly with "Way Out," a dazzling, eight-minute cut that, contrary to the premise of its title, is as conventional a piece as Orbital has created. It features a console of synthesizers made to sound like an orchestra, with singing "strings," a plucked "guitar," Spanish "trumpet," and the woozy sound of Theremin woven over a thunderous bed of percussion. What follows is more in keeping with what you'd expect from Orbital; edgy opuses and tunes that have you hanging on for one passage to pass by on the merry-go-round. Breakbeat resistance is 100%, leaving beautifully constructed piston-pumping drum patterns and playfully intertwining synth lines.