Saturday, 12 December 2009

Pop Ambient 2010 with new Orb track

Taken from XLR8R site (thanks to Guiesepe Eisonhawk for info):

Longstanding German techno imprint Kompakt is releasing Pop Ambient 2010, the tenth release in their annual compilation series of lush and relatively formless music, this January. The 13-track release, curated by label head Wolfgang Voigt, is purported to be "a defining moment for the series—a change in pace but a familiar face for those that have been yearning for our annual remedy," and features both new and previously released tracks from the likes of The Orb, Popnoname, and recent XLR8R-featured artist DJ Koze. Fans can get their hands on the tastemaking compilation when it hits retailers January 18. Check out the artwork and tracklist below.

1 Marsen Jules - The Sound of One Lip Kissing
2 Brock Van Wey/BVDUB - Lest You Forget
3 Triola - Shildergasse
4 Wolfgang Voigt - Zither Und Horn
5 Andrew Thomas - Clouds Across Face
6 The Orb - Glen Coe
7 Mikkel Metal - Blue Items
8 DJ Koze - Bodenweich
9 Jürgen Paape - 864M
10 Dettinger - Therefore
11 Thomas Fehlmann - In the Wind
12 Popnoname - Deutz Air
13 Brock Van Wey/BV - Will You Know Where to Find Me

Monday, 5 October 2009

David Gilmour New Album Collaboration with The Orb's Dr Alex Paterson

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour is to collaborate with The Orb's Dr Alex Paterson to work on a new album.

In an interview with The List, Dr Alex Paterson said "I’ve just started work on an album with David Gilmour from Pink Floyd which I think every Orb and Pink Floyd fan will want to hear."

The album is likely to be in the very early stages so it is not likely to be released any time soon.

Found here and here.

Thanks to Guiesepe Eisonhawk for info!!

Monday, 14 September 2009

The Orb - BBC 6Mix

Last saturday The orb did a nice mix for BBC. You can listen to 2 hour show here. theORBscureDDJ made it available for download on his blog. Here's the tracklisting for this stripped down mix:

1. Baghdad Batteries
2. I don't know - but sounds very Fehlmannish
3. I don't know - nice dub
4. Styrofoam Meltdown
5. Dolly Unit (majestic flowing mix)
6. Orban Tumbleweed
7. Woodlarking
8. DDD (thomas fehlmann flowing disco mix)
9. Pebbles
10. Raven's Reprise
11. Edelblau

Friday, 11 September 2009

Another mysterious remixes & Alex' collaboration

Aaron Miles has pointed out that KLF Communications site is listing 4 Orb remixes I have never heard of:

Run of Run DMC - Praise my DJ's (Orb Mix) 4:15
Scott Brown - Johnny (Orb Mix) 2:08
Subsonar - Stand Strong (Orb Duat Remix) 8:10
Red 5 - Life Me Up (Orb's Up Remix) 5:39

Discogs lists only Red 5 mix, but claims that it was made by some other Orb, not ours. Don't know if it's true or not.

And also some sources claim that album All in a Day by hip-hop artist Backyard Dog features guest appearance not only by Alex Paterson, but also "by the late Kirsty MacColl, Steve Hillage, the Beloved and Jeremy Healy's Easy Posse."

If you have more info about these facts, let me know.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Another Baghdad Batteries bonus track

If you buy Baghdad Batteries through iTunes you will get bonus track: Plastic Thrills (5:17). Thanks to Aaron Miles for info.

Interesting Orb spotting..., in new iTunes 9 info. Spotted by Brian Frick.

The Orb to perform in Poland

The Orb will be the main star of FreeFormFestival 2009, which will take place in Warsaw, Poland on 16th and 17th of October. Details to follow.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Mysterious Orb remix - Lindsey Cockwell

Some of you might remember the mysterious promo CD-R for Badorb's Bless You compilation which included exclusive track Tiny Snatch by Lindsey Cockwell. Aaron Miles was able to find this track and noticed that it sounds very orb-ish. It might be produced by Orb or remixed by the band (the track is 3:26 long). Lindsey Cockwell official site has interesting quote: "...Somewhere in the middle of all this her ear for melody was spotted by Alex Patterson of the Orb who produced a version of her song 'Tiny Snatch Of Daylight'..." The track has basslines and pretty good production. Her own stuff is quite minimal in comparison.

So, if someone knows anything about this track - let me know.

Baghdad Batteries t-shirts

Info from Malicious Damage:

we're now taking orders for the new orb album BAGHDAD BATTERIES
[plus associated t-shirts]
if you order it before next monday you should have it
through your letterbox by the time it's in the shops
[UK only - the rest of the world may take a little longer]

Friday, 21 August 2009

Gel-Sol's Adventures Beyond the Plunderworld

Gel-Sol, the man who can be easily named Andy Hughes' successor, made free download album, called 'Gel-Sol's Adventures Beyond the Plunderworld'. The cover looks somewhat familiar...

album cover

Check out his website for more very nice and interesting music.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Baghdad Batteries details

Thanks to polar-sequence, we have now Baghdad Batteries entry on Discogs. The album should be out on September 7, and it's quite short - only 53:21. Check this out.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

HFB remixed Blue Pearl

"Blue Pearl's 1990 hit "Naked in the Rain" has been remixed and re-released. Get your HFB mix without spending a penny right here:

Then tell everyone else and let's see if we can go viral!"

Info taken from HFB's myspace.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Andy Hughes passed away on June 12th

Very sad news today:

"Electronic music engineer/producer genius Andy Hughes of The Orb sadly passes away on friday 12th June 2009"

More info here.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

DDD (Dirty Disco Dub) Remixes - new Orb single


1. DDD (dirty disco dub) 5:02
2. DDD (dirty disco dub) (radio edit) 3:31
3. DDD (dirty disco dub) (belka and strelka remix) 5:03
4. DDD (dirty disco dub) (thomas fehlmann remix) 9:39
5. DDD (dirty disco dub) (codemonkey remix) 8:55

Released by Six Degress as a digital single only. You can get it here.

Both tracks 4 & 5 were previously available on 'Full Orbient' podcast, but Fehlmann remix was named 'flowing disco remix' and Codemonkey was named 'tripswitch remix'.

Monday, 1 June 2009

US tour delayed

The Corpral spoke:

"dear friend sorry but due to unfortunate circumstances beyond the control of The Orb (more on this later) the north American tour delayed!?"

Thanks to Guiesepe Eisonhawk for info.

Edit: more info here.

Sunday, 31 May 2009

The Orb To Perform Tubular Bells

by Paul Cashmere - May 31 2009

House pioneers The Orb will pay tribute to Mike Oldfield`s classic `Tubular Bells` with a special performance of the piece called Orbular Bells.

The performance will take place in London on June 6th as part of the British Music Experience, a new and permanent exhibition to be housed at the O2 Arena.

The Orb will perform a DJ set featuring the Tubular Bells music while in another performance, The Hard Bell Ringers of Great Britain will do their own version of the classic on the same day.

Paul Lilley, curator of The British Music Experience, commented: "Tubular Bells is a much loved classic British album and I can't think of a more appropriate place to celebrate it than at The British Music Experience, fast becoming the home of music history in the UK. Interactivity is key to the exhibition and I know children and adults alike will be clamouring to have a go themselves."

The event is free to attend.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Baghdad Batteries delayed

Bad news from Malicious Damage:

"the release has been delayed until september 7th so we won't be taking advance orders until august"

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Liquidator Chelsea Mix (HFB vs The Orb)

Strange track called 'Liquidator Chelsea Mix (HFB vs The Orb)' is available as a free mp3 on Get it here.

Thanks to Aaron Miles for info.

Ketama Live vol.3 (Tundra and Sunflakes) - new mix by The Orb

Suddenly appeared here and there. Here's the tracklisting:

1. Autolump - Is It Likely (That A German Person Will Hear This?) 7:50
2. The Orb - DDD (Belka & Strelka Mix) 5:04
3. The Orb - Angel 4 Matrix 3:34
4. Caned & Able - Soul Clap 4:06
5. Vin100 & Merka - Ruski 5:49
6. Belka & Strelka - Tico 1:00
7. Nu Galaxy Constellation 253 - ARI (Ant) 7:14
8. HFB - Broken 5th Harmonic 5:36
9. Nina Walsh - Strong (The Power Remix) 3:36
10. Vin 100 & Hektagon - Perpetual 4:51
11. Hugh & The Sounditions - Asaram 4:23
12. Rootmasters - Janis Joplin’s Mum 4:39
13. Canola Tenderfoot - First Come First Served 3:15
14. Transit Kings - The Last Lighthouse Keeper 6:36

Released in Russia on World Club Music label. First one in Ketama Live series was mixed by Youth, second one by Cell.

Edit: added track durations.
Edit2: Some more shots of the digipak and CD itself.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Transmission Remix

Somehow I missed it:

we’ll have the transmission dance alone video ready and online by next monday to coincide with the digital release of the EP
here’s the tracklisting:
1: dance alone [single edit] 4:26
3: dance alone [ambient drift mix] 11:02
4: dance alone [detroit tech mix] 4:50

From Malicious Damage mailing list.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Baghdad Batteries tracklist

Seminal UK ambient outfit The Orb are set to release their new LP, Baghdad Batteries in July. 

Widely credited as a driving force behind the early '90s chill out and ambient house movements, the group has existed in various different formats during their two decade life span, with founding member Dr Alex Paterson remaining the only consistent player throughout. Baghdad Batteries heralds the reunification of Paterson and long-term collaborator Thomas Fehlmann who last sparred together on 2005's Okie Dokie It's the Orb on Kompakt. 

The album will be the third in the Orbsessions series for UK imprint Malicious Damage, although whereas the previous two entries were comprised of "nuggets trawled from the vaults," the latest offering will be composed of brand new material recorded at Fehlmann's Berlin studio. So how does it sound? Expect a "subterranean house pulse beamed up from the Earth's core, resulting in a new form of space disco which sounds as old as time itself while brushed with the most future-pointed minimal techno shadows," and you'll be somewhere close. 

01. Styrofoam Meltdown
02. Chocolate Fingers
03. Baghdad Batteries
04. Raven's Reprise
05. Dolly Unit
06. Super Soakers
07. Suburban Smog
08. Orban Tumbleweed
09. Pebbles
10. Woodlarking
11. OOPA

Malicious Damage will release Baghdad Batteries by The Orb on July 6, 2009.

Taken from
Resident Advisor web site. Thanks to Aaron Miles for info.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

New Orb tour dates

The Orb have just updated their tour schedule on Myspace. Check it out. Mostly USA dates.

Friday, 10 April 2009

New Orb album news + The Orb has remixed Transmission

Info from Malicious Damage:

"THE ORB: BAGHDAD BATTERIES {orbsessions vol iii}

this is all mixed, mastered and being manufactured at the moment... it's all
brand new material from alex paterson and thomas fehlmann, it'll be released on july 6th and here's a slice of the press release: "... the good Doctor sets the controls beyond any Earthly confines and gets down to stratospheric sound painting and advanced sonic science, sprinkled with an avant garde disregard for conventional structures. These startling electronic odysseys are hatched with long-time collaborator Thomas Fehlmann, The Orb's Berlin connection who's been there from the first album and last made his towering presence felt on 2005's Okie Dokie album for the renowned Kompakt label, bastion of Berlin techno. Such is the case with Baghdad Batteries where the pair have injected some of these breathtaking outings with a subterranean house pulse beamed up from the Earth's core, resulting in a new form of space disco which sounds as old as time itself while brushed with the most future-pointed minimal techno shadows..."



the second single in the download series hidden foto banks is now available on itunes:

they did a fantastic set on the friday night at the-situation and there's another couple of gigs on the way

25th April at Ironworks, Inverness, Scotland

6th June at Inspiral Lounge, Camden, London

the video for hidden foto banks is slightly behind schedule but it should be up on youtube by the end of next week and single no. 3 should be available in a month or so



we're releasing dance alone from the sublimity album as a download single on may 11th... it's accompanied by 3 remixes including a killer orb remix [THE LEGEND OF A VISITING ORB, FROM ANOTHER TIME & SPACE]"

Friday, 3 April 2009

HFB's album release date

Apparently the album will be released September 2009. And his title has changed to Hell, Fire & Brimstone.

HFB's second single is also out...

The new single “Hidden Foto Banks” is out in the usual download places… we’ve also had an offer for a remix from someone a bit special… please no peeking under our hats! And Colesy has the video nearly ready.

Info taken from HFB's blog on myspace.

HFB's first single is already out.

Somehow I missed it. The first High Frequency Bandwidth single, called Hitchocock's First Bugle, is already out on digital download sites (like It also have interesting video. And according to their official management site, HFB's debut album, called Paradise Ali, will be released near the end of 2009.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

The Orb at Camp Disco VIII

From organizer's site:


Performers Include The Disco Biscuits – All 3 Nights, Nas & Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, STS9, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, The Orb, DFA Disco Tent, Chromeo, Shpongle, Dr. Dog, K'Naan, and Many More!"

More info here.

Monday, 23 March 2009

More info on new Orb album

According to Dave Booth, who spoke with Malicious Damage, Baghdad Batteries will be brand new Orb album (recorded by Alex with Thomas Fehlmann), and not part of Orbsessions. However, Orbsessions 3 will appear sometime in the future...

Thursday, 19 March 2009

The Orb in the Bay Area

Little info, but interesting:

The Orb will be playing the bay area in June and are already set. 

I assume it means USA...

Monday, 16 March 2009

Discography updated

Thanks to Aaron Miles I was able to update my text-based discography - especially Thrash part. You can follow the link on the right or just click here to retrieve the file.

Friday, 13 March 2009

HFB already did a remix...

...for Loverush UK! 

Loverush UK! Ft Molly Bancroft - Fountains Of Youth (HFB Rmx) (4:10)

High Frequency Bandwidth Asked To Remix Talvin Singh

High Frequency Bandwidth have been asked by Mercury Music Award Winner Talvin Singh to remix a track from his 4th-coming re-release of his first album, & in return, Talvin will remix a track from the HFB album"Paradise Ali". Details.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Alex Paterson live

Alex will play on Malicious Night, Thursday, April 2, London, UK. Details.

New Orb album announced!!

Info from Malicious Damage label:

"There'll be a new orb album released on malicious damage in june
it's called baghdad batteries, is the third in the orbsessions series and it's all brand-new material from alex paterson & thomas fehlmann - full details will be announced shortly but if you want a sneak preview make sure you turn up for the first night of the malicious gigs as we'll be playing a few tracks"

Monday, 9 March 2009

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Detailed Orb discography

I like text-based discographies. Since 2001 I was constantly updating The Orb discography based on old Lazlo Nibble's work. And now I want to share my work with you. The file (270 kB big) contains all Orb releases, remixes and compilation appearances every Alex Paterson collaboration & dj mix, Andy Hughes, Andy Falconer & Kris Weston discographies and much more. Take it from here. It is rough text, so it includes some mistakes, my comments etc. See it in a text editor and do not wrap lines (some are quite long).

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Some older releases

The Orb has made a very nice mix for Resident Advisor (released 8 Jan 2009). The page also contains interview with Youth. You can download the mix for free from here (it's not available from Resident Advisor site anymore). The tracklisting is not given, but I was able to reveal most of the tracks, so it goes like this:

1. Ulf Lohmann - Audrey (4:05)
2. Ulf Lohmann - Kristall (3:50)
3. unknown (3:48)
4. The Orb - The Forest of Lyonesse (0:21)
5. Andrew Thomas - I Am Here Where Are You (3:42)
6. The Orb - Snow Bow (2:03)
7. Gas - Gas 1 (9:46)
8. Klimek - Sun(rise) (4:14)
9. Köhncke/Heimermann - Albatros (8:03)
10. Thomas Fehlmann - With Oil (3:04)
11. Ulf Lohmann - Nicht die Welt (2:22)
12. Markus Guentner - Chrom (6:41)
13. Ulf Lohmann - Audrey (4:10)

Most of the tracks are taken from various Pop Ambient compilations. Track 3 is still a mystery to me. If anyone knows what is it - let me know.

Paterson has also returned to make remixes. Last year we were able to have remix for Infadels (made by Alex and Tim Bran): Circus of the Mad (orb remix) (5:40) released on A Million Pieces single (details) and a mix available on Verve//Christmas Remixed compilation. It's track 5: Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World (the orb remix) (5:31) (details - made by Alex and Thomas Fehlmann). Both mixes are totally different - Infadels one is in The Dream fashion and Armstrong is more Okie Dokie-ish.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Thomas Fehlmann remixes Depeche Mode

On April 20th we will receive new Depeche Mode album. Deluxe version of Sounds of the Universe will contain new Thomas Fehlmann remix - Little Soul (thomas fehlmann ambient mix). More details on official DM site.

OOPA - new Orb track

In celebration of 100th release, Shitkatapult label has released compilation called Strike 100. It contains new track from The Orb called OOPA (6:14). It sounds very Fehlmann-ish - just in Okie Dokie fashion. Details on Discogs here.