Biography

The English duo Orbital was formed in the late eighties by the brothers Paul and Phil. Their electronic project Orbital became truly legendary and had a huge impact on the development of the dance music in nineties. The band turned out to be extremely popular: Orbital style included elements of techno, ambient, house and other genres, and such a cocktail was quite to the taste of millions of music lovers.

Hartnoll brothers’ musical career began in 1989, when they recorded Chime at home, and later that composition became the real rave anthem. The material for the debut album was ready pretty soon: the very first duo’s long play titled Orbital was released in 1991 (quite often that studio work is called Green Album, and the band’s second album - Brown Album). The musicians worked perfectly with the samples: they also used samples from the composition Mad World by the famous Tears For Fears. As the result, the sound proved to be interesting and was enjoyed by many listeners. Two years later the second studio attempt Orbital 2 (1993) was issued and it got fair reviews from the critics. Moreover, magazine Q included Orbital 2 into the list of 90 Best Albums Of The 1990s, which proved the highest quality of that long play.

The third album Snivilisation was released in 1994 and one track from that record, Are We Here?, was created jointly with Alison Goldfrapp. In 1997 Snivilisation was included into the list of The 25 Best Dance Albums Ever by Q magazine, and that fact once again showed the strength of that studio attempt. It was followed by In Sides in 1996, which was just interesting and original as its predecessor and it was also critically acclaimed. The musicians had a lot of ideas to present, and the duo’s fans enjoyed them in such albums as The Middle Of Nowhere (1999), The Altogether (2001) and many others. In 2002 Orbital pleased their listeners by releasing an extremely strong compilation album Work 1989–2002, which included the musicians’ best songs, singles and rare records.

The seventh studio attempt Blue Album was issued in 2004 and was much enjoyed both by the fans and experts. Three years later the duo’s discography was enlarged by the wonderful record Orbital: Live At Glastonbury 1994–2004 (2007), which presented the rare live performances. Orbital: Live At Glastonbury 1994–2004 managed to preserve the energy and atmosphere of Orbital shows, and there is no doubt that this album will be interesting for the dance music lovers and for the band’s fans particularly.

Studio Albums

Orbital, Wonky mp3Wonky
2012
  • Electro
  • Techno
Orbital, Blue Album mp3Blue Album
2004
  • Acid Techno
  • Ambient
  • Ambient Techno
  • Breakbeat
  • Electronic
  • Techno
  • Trance
Orbital, Octane mp3Octane
2003
  • Ambient
  • Dark Ambient
  • Electronic
  • IDM
Orbital, The Altogether mp3The Altogether
2001
  • Breakbeat
  • Electronic
  • IDM
  • Techno
Orbital, The Middle of Nowhere mp3The Middle of Nowhere
1999
  • Ambient Techno
  • Breakbeat
  • Electronic
  • Techno
Orbital, In Sides mp3In Sides
1997
  • Ambient Techno
  • Electronic
  • IDM
  • Techno
Orbital, Snivilisation mp3Snivilisation
1994
  • Ambient Techno
  • Breakbeat
  • Electronic
  • Techno
Orbital, Orbital 2 mp3Orbital 2
1993
  • Acid Techno
  • Ambient Techno
  • Breakbeat
  • Electronic
  • Techno
Orbital, Radiccio mp3Radiccio
1993
  • Techno
  • Trance

Singles

Orbital, One Perfect Sunrise mp3One Perfect Sunrise
2004
  • Ambient
  • Ambient Techno
  • Breakbeat
  • Electronic
  • Techno
Orbital, The Saint mp3The Saint
1997
  • Ambient
  • Ambient Techno
  • Breakbeat
  • Electronic
  • Techno

EP

Orbital, Times Fly mp3Times Fly
1995
  • Ambient Techno
  • Electronic
  • Techno
Orbital, Diversions mp3Diversions
1994
  • Techno

Compilation albums

Orbital, B-Sides mp3B-Sides
2002
  • Ambient
  • Ambient Techno
  • Breakbeat
  • Electronic
  • Techno
Orbital, Back To Mine mp3Back To Mine
2002
  • Downtempo
  • Techno