Orbitals album releases are timeless. Now 8 years since their last release any discerning electronica fan might have felt that the Orbital sound is complete. Enter, 'Wonky', Orbitals long anticipated 9th album is finally here and what a blessing it is. Before anyone fears the worst, Orbital have remained true to their simplistic yet often orchestral sound without being wrapped up by current trends. However, present throughout the album they have sought to translate the current musical fashions into their own interpretation. Isn’t that what they’ve always done, which in turn has led to what all those close to Electronica and Techno perceive as the Orbital sound.
One Big Moment
One Big Moment is a careful blend of old Orbital peppered with the promise of what’s to come on the album. Melancholy melody and a stripped back drum pattern and some truly mood enhancing layer building
Kicking off with a solitary piano and bouncing bass, Straight Sun is learns towards the Deep House genre more than the usual Orbital tech style. A warm synth melody is the star of the piece whilst Orbital ensures an array of sounds are used throughout.
Never, this emotive piece was released for free download about 8 months ago. Chord changes and layer building designed to make you smile. Never, will add a spring to your step and have your arms in the air. Never by ORBITAL
New France has a darker feel to it than the album so far, added to this is a sense of urgency, gifted by the Zola Jesus vocal. Classic Orbital mood building on this one.
Orbital are well known for their mini epics. Distractions is the first on the Wonky album. Kicking off with a mellow first section, the truly infectious filtered female vocal kicks in before a chaotic, violent mid-section takes hold. Orbital has achieved yet another piece of music which requires to be fully listened too. With multiple styles and pattern variations combined to form the whole, Distractions is a must for your ears.
Headbending stuff. A nice solid 303 runs through this track creating an old classic sound. True to the title Orbital make use of the acid sound and throughout there is a good sampling of raw classic effects.
One of the more meaty pieces on the album. Kicking off with a menaning bassline and striding Dubstep beatline this angry piece features bold, almost ear pieceing synth lines and effects. Beezlebub increases pace mid-way with some old School Drum and Bass rhythms, proving Orbitals production agility.
Wonky (feat Leshurr)
The album title track is a breakbeat number at heart, packed with intriguing sounds. On the build Leshurr brings a rapid lyricism and with the break comes the true reason for the title of this peace. Wonky synth and tonal melodies ride over the beat line but the rhythm and vibe also keep to the good side of the dance floor.
Where’s it going?
The final piece to the Album is a purist Orbital techno track. Pattering acid drops, raw crisp snares and layer upon layer of synth feature here. Mood shifts add intrigue throughout, along with a wide variety of electronic sounds and atmospheres.