Legendary electronic music duo Orbital have collaborated with Sleaford Mods on their fabulous, furious joint single “Dirty Rat”. It is the first track to be lifted from Orbital’s new album Optical Delusion, set for release on February 17, 2023 and available to pre-order now.
The brilliant video for “Dirty Rat” was directed by Luke Losey (Smiley) and shot in Leysdown-on-Sea on The Isle Of Sheppey.
Italian duo Agents Of Time have been incredibly busy over the past few years, from releasing a string of classic singles – including their recent single for Afterlife, The Mirage, – to remixing The Weeknd’s Take My Breath. But the biggest news is here now – their second album, Universo, is ready. Elevating their trademark melodic techno with an exquisite pop-ness, Universo has found its ideal home with Kompakt, following their Music Made Paradise 2020 debut EP for the label. It’s a meeting of minds that makes perfect sense.
Andrea Di Ceglie and Luigi Tutolo, the two members of Agents Of Time, used their time during the pandemic to work on Universo, an album loosely conceptualised around their ‘personal universo’, a manifestation of the world Di Ceglie and Tutolo built both within and around their studio. This accounts for the sparkle and brightness of Universo – it’s full of personality, vim and vigour, the duo experimenting with their music, exploring its furthest corners. If you come to Universo expecting just another album of melodic techno, get ready to be pleasantly surprised – there’s a whole lot more going on here, and it’s all equally compelling.
After a typically poetic opening gesture – the swirling, synaesthetic, self-titled intro track – expectations are immediately blindsided with the two-step pop of Fallin’, sung with gentle clarity by guest Audrey Janssens, a dream of a song that harks back to the glory days of early ‘00s UK garage.
Interstellar Cowboy is a confident, lithe, disco-fied strut; the gentle minor-key piano of Liquid Fantasy spirals into a gorgeously melancholy techno-pop epic, Vicky Who?’s voice rich with yearning. Janssens also reappears on the electro-swirl of Poison; Dream Vision revisits their single The Mirage, soft with sweeping strings, loaded with drama; Part Of Life sashays into view with a schaffel-stomp.
This rich variety throws the more dancefloor-focused tracks, like Ciao, into even starker relief – they’re more decisive, streamlined, yet rich with detail, chugging, Moroder-esque bass meeting strobe-lit synths that fire melodies out into the firmament. Universo feels texturally dense, but it still breathes, its sounds so tactile you want to reach out and grab them, its tunes so seductive you can’t get them out of your head. Universo is a fiercely beautiful album, brave in its spirit, a perfectly poised meeting-point of pop melody and stylish, lush techno: Agents Of Time in excelsis.
Release Date: 14th October 2022 on Kompakt
Kid Moxie – Creep (Radiohead cover). Made for TV show “Maestro” by C. Papakaliatis.
Buy/Stream it here: https://KidMoxie.lnk.to/Creep
Out August 31. Directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones. Trailer edited by Euan McGrath.
The new album ‘Cheat Codes’ is out now: https://DMxBT.lnk.to/CheatCodesID
Taken from “Neapoly”, out now on Smallhouse Records / Specials Digital Athens
Orbital’s ’30 Something’ is out now on Vinyl Boxset/CD/Digital Download. Buy: https://orbital30something.lnk.to/Buy