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MP3 of the Day #902: Orbital

 
By on Friday, 11th August 2017 at 10:00 am
 

If you’re an electronic fan, I bet you have already heard about this. As a public service, however, especially knowing that many of you regular TGTF readers out there identify as primarily indie pop/rock fans, I thought you should know that Orbital are back! Back in February, they released ‘Kinetic’, their first music in 5 years, since the release of the ‘Wonky’ LP.

This summer, they have returned with another new track, and one they have made free to all. We’re not sure if ‘Copenhagen’ is a signal that a new album from Phil and Paul Hartnoll is on the horizon. For now, I can say for myself that I’m just chuffed they’ve released new material, and it’s a banger. Listen to and grab it for your very own from the Soundcloud embed below. To see them live, they’ve only got two indoor shows for the rest of 2017: the 1st of December at Manchester Apollo, followed by the 2nd of December at London Hammersmith Apollo. To catch up on more of our past coverage of Orbital that is, well, a bit aged to say the least, go here.

 

Top Albums of 2012: Editor’s Picks

 
By on Tuesday, 18th December 2012 at 11:00 am
 

Wowsers, has this year flown by or what? I can scarcely believe we’re ready to celebrate Christmas in a week’s time, but you know what that means, boys and girls. It’s time for the editor’s top picks of 2012. Unlike most lists that have already published either in print or online, there will be no mentions of Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar or DIIV. Sorry. No, and this year, I tried to get away from dance as I could, which seems really odd considering where I found myself 2 years ago; this is probably good commentary on the music scene at large, where beats – either urban or poppy – have invaded nearly every facet of radio and except for the odd album or two, I found these to be completely devoid of heart. Or character. (But there were 3 in my top 10 that were arguably dance albums, so maybe there’s still hope…) Without further delay, here are my picks for 2012.

The-Crookes-Hold-Fast-cover1. The Crookes – ‘Hold Fast’ (Fierce Panda) – In the shadow of love – in its electric (2010’s #1, Delphic’s ‘Acolyte’) and nostalgic, life affirming (2011’s #1, Noah and the Whale’s ‘Last Night on Earth’) forms – my #1 this year goes as far back to basics with the good ol’ pop-tinged rock ‘n’ roll of Sheffield’s Crookes. I’ve always thought that the smartest songwriters are those that can write catchy tunes while also offering up thought-provoking, intelligent lyric; guitarist Daniel Hopewell fits this description to a T.

This album would feel equally at home in the 1960s as it does in 2012. There is no studio trickery or fancy production here, just heartfelt (and heartbroken in ‘Maybe in the Dark’) feelings being sung to memorable melodies that can help to remind you of simpler times. Or simply remind you of the important people who have coloured your life. Do yourself a favour and get this album. If you’re not sold yet, read my review of ‘Hold Fast’ here.

Keston-Cobblers-Club-cover2. Keston Cobblers’ Club – ‘One, for Words’ (Beatnik Geek) – It has been shown to us time and time again that family members who sing together make some incredible music. (For one, the Beach Boys.) In Julia and Matthew Lowe, we have familial alchemy at work again, this time on some incredible folk pop. When one album can make you laugh, make you cry, make you wistful for a former lover, make you remember through happy tears your life experiences, that is truly special indeed, and that’s what I’ve gotten out of ‘One, for Words’. I expect to be playing this album again and again until my final days. You can read my review of their debut album here.

Grimes-Visions-cover3. Grimes – ‘Visions’ (4AD) – Claire Boucher is now one of the hottest commodities in the music business these days, and surely the biggest game changer from Canada since Arcade Fire. Every time I tried to catch the baby-voiced master of synths and sequencers in 2012, I never actually managed to get in. Thankfully though, I have this album to keep me company whenever things have gone boring in my life. Variety is the key word of this album, with ambient, industrial, pop and minimalist genres all touched on for one eclectic group of songs. Every time you pick up this album, you’ll hear something exciting you missed the last time around, and I don’t think it’s possible for ‘Visions’ to get old. Read my review here.

Casiokids-Aabenbaringen-over-aaskammen-cover4. Casiokids – ‘Aabenbaringen over aaskammen’ (Moshi Moshi) – There’s no way I could have forgotten the craziness of Casiokids’ third album. Even in the middle of winter, thoughts of a pineapple-shaped maraca, the sheer wonkiness of ‘Det Haster!’ and ‘Dresinen’, and disco and jungle beats working in harmony on the same album easily warmed my heart. This is controlled chaos, in a way that only Nordics manage to do it. And even if you go into this album thinking, “no way is this album going to lift my mood”, trust me, it will. You’ll even leave it with a knowing yet silly grin on your face.Read more here.

Husky cover5. Husky – ‘Forever So’ (Sub Pop) – The Husky debut album was an example of when you keep hearing the name of a band so many times, you’re wondering what the fuss is all about. Well, wonder no more. If you’re the first-ever signing to a indie label as storied as Sub Pop, then you better bring the goods, and Husky Gawenda and co. do just that in a Fleet Foxes meets the sadness of Nick Drake vehicle. If you’ve ever been slayed by gorgeous harmonies, this album’s for you. Read my review of it here.

After the cut: some albums that just missed the top 5 cut, and others that disappointed.

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Live Gig Video: Orbital perform ‘Where Is It Going?’ at the Paralympics

 
By on Tuesday, 4th September 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Let’s see how long this video stays online. Orbital, who returned to the fold in April with ‘Wonky’, their first album in 8 years, performed last week at the Paralympics opening ceremony. Appropriately, they chose to include some disabled musicians in this rousing rendition of ‘Wonky’ closing track ‘Where Is It Going?’ And as if something massive like playing at the Paralympics opening ceremony wasn’t surreal enough, scientist Stephen Hawking joined them. Ian McKellen also got into the act; he was seen raising a sign during the cover of Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ ‘Spasticus Autisticus’ done with defiant gusto by another group of musicians. Watch it below.

 

MP3 of the Day #551: Orbital

 
By on Wednesday, 30th May 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Electronic music titans Orbital returned in April with new album ‘Wonky’, and here’s a remix of the title track by CSY and Stripes.

 

Orbital / December 2012 English Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 11th April 2012 at 9:00 am
 

Orbital, who have just released their new album ‘Wonky’, will be touring England in the weeks before Christmas. Tickets go on sale this Friday (13 April) at 9 AM.

Want some Orbital freebies? Get the L-Vis 1990 ‘rewound’ remix of ‘New France’ here, and first taster and album track ‘Never’ here.

Tuesday 4th December 2012 – Leicester O2 Academy
Wednesday 5th December 2012 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Friday 7th December 2012 – Preston 53 Degrees
Saturday 8th December 2012 – Sheffield O2 Academy
Wednesday 12th December 2012 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
Friday 14th December 2012 – London Brixton O2 Academy

 

Video of the Moment #753: Orbital

 
By on Monday, 2nd April 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Orbital‘s long awaited return to the fold, ‘Wonky’, was released today. So how about the video for the title track? Co-produced and co-directed by and starring Gavin and Stacey actor/sometimes London DJ Mat Horne, it’s got talking and singing cats you have to see to believe. I’m wondering what he put in his cuppa…

Grab a free remix mp3 of ‘New France’ here.

 
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