Orbitals place in music history is without question (and I’m a big fan too) but news of new material from the Hartnell brothers for the first time in some years was greeted with some apprehension here. This was mainly because of some sub-par records post Middle of the Road and a severely lacklustre performance at Electric Picnic following their re-union which felt hugely dated, static, lethargic and left an overarching feeling this was a simple exercise in nostalgia, maybe they should left well alone. For the sake of balance perhaps they were just rusty after a number of years out.
What of the new stuff?
On hearing ‘Don’t Stop Me’ (Yes it’s just one track) it appears they’ve stuck with their trademark trancey experimental synths which you’d expect, fused with samples from Buggles ‘Video Killed the Radiostar’ (I think) and many of the characteristics of ‘modern’ electro and house, bringing it nicely up to date. It’s not groundbreaking stuff but certainly a very welcome development.