NOW PLAYING: The Orb, ‘Oblivion’

The Artist/Album: The Orb, Orblivion (Island, 1997)

A Short Review: A surprising hit stateside, where it cracked Billboard’s Top 200 chart and produced a token “electronica” track (“Toxygene,” a remix Jean Michel Jarre refused to release), the Orb’s fifth album samples everything from Cold War paranoia to Mike Leigh’s penultimate film (Naked) in its pursuit of transcendent techno and runaway drum breaks. While an expanded double-disc edition is available, we recommend tracking the double LP pressing down and getting lost in every single loop.

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