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Orbital’s Wonky Journey: New Album and UK Tour

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Set to a video of metropolitan streets clothed in night and street-lamp glow, Orbital’s song “Never” sounds like a middle school dance party filled with prepubescent Star Wars droids, whooping with awkward, naive excitement for the very first time. The track was released late last year to promote the British duo’s re-emergence in the musical world, and their upcoming, eighth studio-album Wonky, to be released on April 3, 2012. Ending a five-year hiatus, brothers Paul and Phil appeared at Big Chill 2009 as headliners, and then continued to play sold-out shows and prominent festivals (Glastonbury and Coachella) through the following year. Unlike the previously offered track description, this is not Orbital’s first time. And they are certainly not naive or prepubescent, though the ruling is still out on them being space droids. The group emerged in the late ‘80s, and unleashed a steady stream of singles in the ‘90s including: “Chime,”“Style,”“The Box” and “Satan.” With their re-entrance into the electronic music world, Orbital infuses their carefully cultivated aesthetic with the newest generation of musicians and sounds, including MC Lady Leshurr, who steps in for the electro-rap title track, and a post-dubstep rework of their hit track “Satan,” newly christened as “Beezlebub.” Produced by Mark “Flood” Ellis (previous credits: PJ Harvey, U2, and Nine Inch Nails), Wonky is destined to become a massive album in 2012, containing inevitable festival anthems, club favorites, and a new chapter in Orbital’s continually evolving story, of which Paul Hartnoll notes: “The whole process of this album has really been a case of the book writing itself.” If you are in the UK in April, be sure to catch Orbital at one of their shows listed below.

05 Manchester Academy
06 Leeds O2 Academy
07 Glasgow O2 Academy
08 Liverpool O2 Academy
09 Cambridge Corn Exchange
10 London Royal Albert Hall

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