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Jan 22 2012

Jones

Published by under Blog,General,Loopz,Orbital



Not many people realise that behind Orbital, is an array of people who do their bit to keep turning the giant M25 wheel. Years ago, that wheel was tiny AND stiff. Not many had heard of these 2 bald techno boffin heads (as one publication referred to them!). In fact most people didn’t really GET Orbital.

Jones was THE man to promote and publicise Orbital from Satan onwards. Not Satan LIVE…but the original release of Satan in 1990. I was nowhere on the scene then, as I was just a fan who was frantically trying to get as much Orbital music purchased. I was writing a paper zine called Loopz and was trying to fill it with Orbital material. By pure accident, I managed to make contact with Orbital during a power cut at Oscillate. I actually climbed on the stage in a drunken state, which still makes me shake my head to this day! That’s a story in itself! It wasn’t until I got passed a phone number for someone called Jones that thing’s really did happen.

Jones probably thought I was some kind of freak wanting to spread Orbital’s music in any way I could and especially via a paper zine. I reckon Orbital did too! Hell, who wouldn’t! But, after a few phone calls and chats, the table’s turned. He started to ring me, to tell me Orbital news and happenings. He would give me heads up on interviews or features in magazines. He actually got behind this very strange concept of what I wanted to do. I always remember he sent me an audio tape of In Sides weeks before its release. Never told me he was going to do that neither…

The paper zine moved quickly into a website and it was then I got invited around to meet the man who was promoting Orbital, like there was no tomorrow. I was on a work course in London, so caught the tube up to Muswell Hill. I remember being mesmerised by the mass of posters, press releases, flyers, cd’s, tapes, designs etc. all around his flat. He was obviously doing even more than I thought. We chatted for hours about Orbital and other artists he was looking after at the time. I remember he working with Planet Mu, Leila, Cabaret Voltaire / Richard H Kirk, Pentatonik to name a few. I remember he was very much into Factory Records as well. My head was spinning by the time I left.

Years passed and Loopz grew to be a popular website. I posted a lot of updates in those days and that’s because I was constantly being fed by Jones. I also remember listening to the Orbital Peel Session CD years after its release and idly looking at the cd inlay. “Sleeve by Jones”? Eh! I rang him to confirm it was him! Of course it was, but it was also no big deal hence why he never mentioned it before. He was also behind many other covers like Funky Alternatives 6, Cabaret Voltaire “I Want You”, Pentatonik “Petrushka”, Ultramarine “Every Man and Woman is a Star”, YMO “Hi Tech / No Crime” and YMO “Reconstructions”.



Orbital – Peel Session Cover


In 2001, he phoned me to say he was quitting it all. He said that the major record labels were becoming increasingly difficult to work with. So he wasn’t just quitting promoting Orbital but he was totally finished with all of it. I was totally gobsmacked, wondered what happens next and he basically seemed over the moon!

Unitary PR closed and off he moved back to Wales and randomly he kept in touch over the years. He said he always kept an eye out on how the Loopz thing was doing.
I’m a great believer in not forgetting how you achieve what you have achieved. Sometimes we forget to acknowledge those who have been a definitive piece of the jigsaw puzzle. This is a nod from me to Jones!

RIP.

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Jan 21 2012

Loopz – Random Sweet Selection Mix / Compilation

Occasionally I create a Mix /Comp for my own pleasure or for selected others. This one is basically a random selection of tracks that i played a lot in the last year. Some were used when i was training / running and some were just played whilst i did online/website work. It’s random, but mainly nodded towards electronic, electro, up beat stuff.  Plus one track that sticks out like a sore thumb.

If you want to know any specific tracks then drop me a mail. Remember to always support the artists!

Cheers Steve (Loopz)

p.s. Yes that is me Djing in Bristol! If i remember right, it was to support Frog Pocket! Good times

 

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Jan 19 2012

Orbital – “Wonky” – 1st April 2012

Orbital’s 8th album entitled “Wonky” will be released on the 1st April 2011.

Full track listing including timings are shown below:-

1). One Big Moment (6.16)
2). Straight Sun (5.28)
3). Never (4.43)
4). New France featuring Zola Jesus (4.47)
5). Distractions (7.04)
6). Stringy Acid (5.19)
7). Beelzedub (4.54)
8). Wonky featuring Lady Leshurr (6.13)
9). Where Is It Going? (5.50)

Wonky was recorded in a small studio in Orbital’s Brighton home base, then mixed in London with help from internationally acclaimed producer Mark “Flood” Ellis, whose stellar list of previous collaborators includes PJ Harvey, U2, Nine Inch Nails and The Killers. Paul credits Flood with giving the album a more rounded, holistic sound.

I mostly remember Flood from all the electronic stuff like Cabaret Voltaire, Depeche Mode and Renegade Soundwave,” Paul says. “One of his first and greatest loves is electronic music. He’s actually got a bigger synthesizer collection than us. He also has a good structural overview of music, because he’s not just a dance producer, he comes from a more holistic song viewpoint, which is how we like to approach it. I didn’t want to work with just a dance producer because I don’t think this is a dance album, it’s an electronic album.

A series of Dj Sets allowed Orbital to road test the new tracks and see what the crowd reactions were like. “That was really beneficial to our writing,” Phil says. “Trying out tracks in front of audiences, listening through their ears, getting responses. That’s been a really good string to our bow.

Probably one of the most talked about elements from the New Album video diaries, was the emotional and musical road map drawn on the white board. This was covered with little post-it notes, which on some occasions were torn off and discarded during the video diary. As Paul described, “The whole process of this album has really been a case of the book writing itself”.

As usual, the fans and media are always asking if this will be the last album from Orbital. We have been here before of course,but Phil sums up his thoughts on the matter.

For me these feel like the most enjoyable Orbital times that we’ve ever had.  I’s just getting better and better. It feels like a new beginning.”

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Jan 14 2012

Spirit of Talk Talk feat Paul Hartnoll

Published by under General,In the News,Paul Hartnoll

 

 

 

 

 

Spirit of Talk Talk is a richly illustrated, beautifully designed book celebrating the music and art of the legendary Talk Talk. The book will contain Iconic artwork, original cover concept sketches, hand written lyrics from Mark Hollis, as well as various ephemera, posters, and related items of interest to fans.

There are also 80 written contributions from bands, label owners, DJs and creatives, all of whom have been inspired or influenced by the music and art of Talk Talk. Paul Hartnoll (ORBITAL) contributes to the book alongside James Lavelle (UNKLE), Alan Wilder (former Depeche Mode), Richard Wright (Pink Floyd), Karl Hyde (Underworld) and many more.

There is a website setup to establish what visitors are interested in buying this book. This will help ensure the book goes ahead and get’s published. Please visit the website here.

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Jan 05 2012

2 Orbital tracks on WipEout 2048 (Sony Vita)

 

2 Orbital tracks on WipEout 2048 (Sony Vita)

 

Details are still a little scarce but it’s now confirmed that ORBITAL have contributed 2 tracks to the up and coming WipEout 2048 game on the new Sony Vita.

The 1st track is a re-working of “P.E.T.R.O.L”, which incidentally was on the first and original Wipeout game in 1995. The reworked version has the title of “P.E.T.R.O.L (Final Drop Mix)”. The 2nd track is called “Beelzedub” and is their totally revamped version of “Satan”. This track has been briefly previewed on their Video Diaries from last year and has been played out during their DJ sets in 2011. This track will also feature on the new ORBITAL album due for release in April.

The full tracklisting for the soundtrack is as follows:-

Anile – Change Of Direction (WipEout mix)
Camo+Krooked – Breezeblock (WipEout mix)
Deadmau5 – Some Chords (WipEout edit)
DirtyLoud – School Of Funk
DJ Fresh ft. Sian Evans – Louder (Drum Sound & Baseline Smith Mix)
Future Sound Of London – We Have Explosive (2011 rebuild) WipEout edit
Kraftwerk – Tour De France 2003 (WipEout edit)
Noisia – Regurgitate (WipEout 2048 Edit)
Orbital – P.E.T.R.O.L (Final Drop Mix)
Orbital – Beelzedub
Rockwell – BTKRSH (WipEout edit)
The Chemical Brothers – Electronic Battle Weapon 3
The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die (Liam H re-amped mix)
Underworld – Kittens (Will Saul & Tam Cooper Remix)

The game is set to be released in Japan first, on January 19th and then in Europe and America on February 22nd. More details will be posted as we get them.

Steve (Loopz)
twitter: steveloopzprice

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