Thursday, January 19, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Almost two years ago to the day, I posted a live version of Orbital’s “Halcyon,” which has one of the greatest pay-offs in live electronic music EVER. Today comes the announcement that the Hartnoll brothers, Paul and Phil, are back together and have a new album on the horizon.
“Never” is the first single from Wonky, due out in April, the duo’s first new album in eight years. That alone is exciting news. Even if the track feels a bit run of the mill.
I can vaguely remember seeing a video for the track pop up early fall last year but there wasn’t an announcement or news, just the track. The tapping beat and revolving melodies are what Orbital does best and, as the video suggests, sounds like a very late night drive home from a very late night.
Nothing monumental from Orbital, other than the standard, high level of quality the Hartnolls have always maintained. But we’ve only heard one track, so there’s no telling what else they’ve pumped out of those brilliant bald heads.
Orbital’s official website.
Buy Orbital’s music at Amazon.
According to the email I just got, the album/mixtape includes members of the Queens, NY, community organization SEVA which is working to raise awareness of redistricting efforts in the borough. Also included on the tape are Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Action Bronson, and Childish Gambino, all of whom were branded underground hip hop heroes via 2011 year-end lists.
Grab the mixtape here. I haven’t listened to it yet, or even downloaded it, but I’m sure it’s no waste of time...
*I’m calling them visionaries because Relax got a lot of spins in my world. There’s a pretty good chance it’ll be on that slow-to-appear Top 11 of ‘11 I’ve been posting, but you never know...