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Guest mix: Alex Paterson from THE ORB

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We’re pretty psyched about the prospect of seeing The Orb live in Brixton next month, where Alex Paterson will revisit the classic Adventures Beyond The Underworld album.

This special event even features a special Orb line-up, featuring previous Orb collaborators Youth (Killing Joke), Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy (Gong/System 7) and Paul Cook (The Sex Pistols), among others.

People should be bored of bands performing their ‘classic’ albums live by now, but the prospect of a live Adventures Beyond The Underworld is an ambitious and exciting project – the album was conceived as a two-hour long psychedelic trip; a kind of dream music that segued surreally between ambient, progressive, psychedelic, breakbeat, space rock, hip-hop and dub lysergic states.

Not only are we witnessing this magnificence live, but we are honoured enough to have an exclusive guest mix from the master himself, Alex Paterson, drawing from and recontextualising components of his 1991 masterpiece.

Alex Paterson – The Orb’s Adventuring Beyond The Stars mix

Tracklisting:

  • Maria Kpucmanuhckar – Russian Love Song
  • Orb – Backside Of The Moon
  • Wagon Train –
  • Orb – Into The 4th Dimension
  • Q1.1 I
  • Custard – Boom Bang Bombay
  • Spastik ( Dub Fire Rework )
  • Star 6&789 The Orb
  • Princ Thomas Alpine Evening – The Orb
  • Outlands – Remix – The Orb
  • Alpine Princ Thomas Reremix
  • Towers Of Perpetual Dawn
  • Loving U
  • Thursday’s Keeper – The Orb
  • Huge Ever Growing Remix – Orb
  • DDD ( Flow Remix ) – The Orb
  • Perpetual Remix – Wearherall – The Orb
  • Lovin U – The Orb
  • Chill Out – KLF
  • Let The Music Play – The Orb
  • Lovin You 60 Min Edit
  • LFC – African Version – The Orb

You can buy tickets here for The Orb performing Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld live, July 29, Brixton Electric


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Dub on different drugs

Featuring : The Orb

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Maybe this is an approximation of the “righteous dub” William Gibson heard bleeding out of Maelcum’s headphones. Although that might create an unintended implication that dub is somehow only futuristic when it’s approximated by white European producers, which is patently not the case.

Rather, it’s probably that demographic of dub aficionados who made dub New Age – comedown-y and painless, stripped of anger and dread, made pretty and synthetic – but entertainingly so – a kind of VR dub.

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That’s what The Orb sound like to us, anyway. You could make a case that is dub diluted, but their noise is no less hallucinatory than Actual Dub – it’s just on different drugs. Nineties-strength MDMA instead of ritual ganja.

The Orb – Valley

From Orbvs Terrarvm (1995) 


Two seascapes with clouds generated by Nelson Max at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. From Creative Computer Graphics (1984).