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Friday, 30 June 2017

Impact


Of all the big hitters of the dance music world of the early 90s Orbital always seem to be the raviest, the least moody, the most up and optimistic. The first two Orbital albums, the green one and the brown one, are both essential snapshots of the duo and the scene. The second one (brown or 2) is a blast from start to finish, opening wiht the sampled voice talking about Moebius, time as a loop, the sampled then looped and played against another version of it. From there on in the synthesizers and drum machines take over and the Hartnoll brothers manage to make techno that is melodic and poppy, dance music that works at home, simple sounding tunes that are increasingly complex, all building towards the majesty that is Halcyon + On + On. Before that though there is the ten minutes of this track, three or four songs in one but all the same too- synths, sirens, clattering drums, breakdowns, build ups and half way through a voice... 'it's like a cry for survival'.

Impact (The Earth Is Burning)

5 comments:

Michael Doherty said...

Great tune, but the version from Glastonbury in 1994 is my favourite.

Swiss Adam said...

This one...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhVU8RKRaTY

Michael Doherty said...

Yep,it was on this https://www.discogs.com/Various-Future-Tracks/release/126580
I think Orbital have a greatest hits of Glastonbury album that it features on too.

acidted said...

true dat

Simon said...

In Sides is my fave Orbital, and one of my absolute fave albums, the proper top list, above everything else. I love Orbital, the layering of the sounds is superb, practically orchestral on In Sides.