Saturday, 30 July 2011

The Orb - Blue Room

This is the epic 39'58" mix from 1992, which is a single track cd single. I've listened to this a few times recently, and I'm sure it's not just nostalgia which has made it so enjoyable. Whilst this does transport me back to the early 90s, and the sound of this music is powerfully redolent of the spaced-out listening sessions I used to have, I still think this is objectively excellent. Alex Paterson always has had an inspired touch with samples and synth-scapes. I'm sure he is significantly aided by co-producers Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy from System 7, as well as Thrash, and of course, Jah Wobble.
The opening 6 minutes are classic ambient - spacey samples and synth washes, before a beat kicks in, followed shortly by Wobble's massive striding bass line. It is then just dubbed into oblivion over the next half an hour. Cheeky samples, cavernous breakdowns, percussion overloads, NASA type radio communications, and a great deal of liquid synth effects precede a very monged breakdown halfway through. It builds back up with a variation on the bass line, and chugs away into a blissful distant horizon.


I highly recommend the U.F.Orb album, currently available from Amazon for around the same price as a pint of beer. Much as I love beer, a pint won't be providing me with much joy 18 years after I've consumed it.
Buy it - it's brilliant.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Pharaoh Overlord - IV

Time to get posting again, now that my insanely busy time has passed. This may involve writing a bit less about the albums from time to time, and this one is a prime candidate for less words/more music.
PO are essentially Circle, and to be honest there is not a great deal of difference between this and normal Circle music, except that this is maybe more overtly metal: 'See Me Evil' definitely has essence of Judas Priest. Don't let that put you off, though, because this has all the deranged atmosphere, heavy cyclical riffing and general psychedelic miasma that makes Circle so awesome.