Monday, 2 March 2015

Track Of The Day: The Orb - 'Soulman' (Villod Remix - Thomas Fehlman Edit)

Last year, legendary electronic duo The Orb released a 3CD compilation of remixes, live tracks and singles from the 90’s and early 2000s. You can read a review of it HERE. Following on from that collection, their 21st century catalogue is highlighted on ‘History Of The Future Part 2’, released on the Malicious Damage label a few weeks ago. From it (and featuring Lee 'Scratch' Perry) here is Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer's Villod remix of 'Soulman', which has been edited by Orb member Thomas Fehlman.

A press release reads that "This collection serves as a comprehensive, second closing compendium on the Orb’s illustrious history, before focus moves to their new album, planned for release on Kompakt during summer 2015.

‘History Of The Future Part 2’ starts after Alex Paterson left his major label experience with Island Records behind him and struck into the new millennium with different record labels, new and old collaborators and a volley of sonic experiments which, while retaining the essential Orb ethos, charted new stratas while returning to the underground which spawned it. While casual attention often seems to fall on early Orb hits such as ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’ and ‘Blue Room’, the 21st century saw the fullest realisations of Alex Paterson’s original Orb mission. 

The Orb’s spaced odyssey since the 90s hits period was, in many ways, more exciting, innovative and even fun now the pressure was off and the real mischief could start. But the last 15 years have also seen some magnificently ground-breaking music, as beautifully displayed in this sparkling new collection. Bass is the place."

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