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Video: Orbital – Belfast/Wasted (Wasted Vocal Mix)

Filmed in Otford and includes the pub once owned by the parents of Paul and Phil Hartnoll. Vocals by Grant Fulton. Post to celebrate the 30 Something ORBITAL celebrations.

Video: Joris Voorn – Never (Orbital Remix)

“’Never’ was mainly inspired by so-called ‘Intelligent Dance Music’ from the mid-’90s, and it went on to become one of my favourite tracks on this album. Orbital were such a formative and pioneering force in this scene and have been a huge influence on my sound. To have them remix one of my tracks is a massive honour for me.

Video: Orbital – The End Is Nigh

Reunited brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll drop new track ‘End is Nigh’ from their upcoming LP ‘Monsters Exist’ out Sept 14. This follows singles ‘Tiny Foldable Cities’, ‘P.H.U.K.’ (via COS Origins) and Steve Dub’s remix ‘P.H.U.K.U’ (via Mixmag).

The accompanying video for “End is Nigh” illustrates our subjective view of the world from doom mongering to a rose-tinted escape from reality.

Felix Green (director) explains:
“For this music video I wanted to take the phrase “The End Is Nigh” and look at it as a timeless expression. Humanity has been predicting the end of civilisation since the beginning of civilisation. The solar eclipse of May 1st 1185, for example, was documented as being a message from God prophesying trouble. “The End is Nigh” is certainly making a comeback in today’s vernacular, mainly due to the seemingly imminent dangers we face from climate change and our reckless leaders (the Doomsday clock in 2018 currently sits at 2 minutes to midnight).”

Paul Hartnoll adds:
“It’s a fab slice of techno folk horror. The beautiful people are looking for meaning in nature but can it really be found? When they think they have it they run towards an idea with an unknowable conclusion, charging with gay abandon towards a drop that means certain doom. Can an ideal be pursued at any cost? The end is nigh for some who run towards the unknown …”

‘Monsters Exist’ is a more classically structured Orbital album than their previous release ‘Wonky’, drawing inspiration from the international political landscape all the way back from Paul and Phil’s pre-rave squat-punk roots right up to the volatile tensions and erratic rhetoric of today.

Orbital – P.H.U.K.U.

Video: Orbital – P.H.U.K.

Legendary dance outfit Orbital have made a hard-hitting new video about the current situation in Britain today to accompany their hypnotic new single “P.H.U.K.” The video features searing images such as scenes of police brutality, poverty and the shell of the Grenfell Tower, juxtaposed with the latest billionaire flats at the Battersea Power Station development in London.

One half of the revered techno duo Paul Hartnoll said of the video: “It’s a snapshot of the state of Britain today, where opulence and poverty rub shoulders amidst the chaos, a disparity that can be transposed to many other nations. But as Leonard Cohen once said, light shines through the cracks, so it’s not all bad! Please Help UK? You decide…”

Video director Felix Green was inspired by the cyclical, mesmerising and relentless techno melody: “The track lends itself to highlighting some of the ironies, dissonances and juxtapositions present in UK politics and culture. It may look like we’re all totally P.H.U.K.’d but it’s actually not all doom and gloom…. we do have dancing policemen.”

‘P.H.U.K.’ drops today, June 29 – the same day Orbital headline a home town show at Brighton Racecourse. This is the second single from their forthcoming album, ‘Monsters Exist,’ which is due for release on September 14 via ACP Recordings.The songs contained on ‘Monsters Exist’ demonstrate why Orbital have remained Britain’s giants of electronic music.

Video: Orbital – Tiny Foldable Cities

Lifted from the new album ‘Monsters Exist’, out Sept 14. Directed by Felix Geen. Pre-order

Video: Orbital – Copenhagen

Video: Orbital – Kinetic 2017

Fable – Human Pretending


Human Pretending – out on 25th March 2016 via 74 Music – is a twisted piece of electronica wired together by snarling vocals and pulsing beats, brought together by the creative vision of ‘Godfather of Dance’ Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll and twenty-year old Brighton based maverick Fable.

The single was originally conceived by the pair as a subversive, leftfield entry for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest but rejected for being “a little too much for the Eurovision audience”, which comes as no surprise as Fable is anything but safe. She is otherworldly, an alien, an outsider. Fable is an incendiary creative force that does not bend to the rules – she creates them.

Human Pretending is about “the human condition,” explains Fable. “We are all flesh and bone, but we’ve convinced ourselves that intellectually we are part of something far greater, both individually and as a society. There’s a constant battle between our actual being and the personas we’ve created, to the extent we’re losing touch with who and what we really are.”

Previously, Fable has proved herself to be a worthy songstress with single Silence Myself and a creative chameleon with I Am You. However, Human Pretending channels early Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails and Björk on steroids. Fable is far removed from the soft dream pop songstresses and corporate backed ‘artistes’ being churned through the system, ready for ‘safe’ public consumption. Fable wants you to think, to feel, to wake up from your modern malaise.

Fable joined British rock legends The Cult on tour recently and has previously supported Archive and worked with Bloc Party’s Russell Lissack. The Line of Best Fit, Gigwise, Pop Justice and Clash are amongst Fable’s supporters and with her latest single Human Pretending, she’s sure to gain many more.

Human Pretending is released via 74 Music on 25th March 2016.

Video: 8:58 (Paul Hartnoll) – The Clock feat. Cillian Murphy

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Do you know what time it is? Have you got time? Is the time right, or is it out of joint? And how do you know if it’s time to change?

Technology was supposed to free us from the tyranny of time — to emancipate us from the ticking clock, the blinking LCD. But it didn’t quite work out that way. The interconnected world means tighter schedules, endless rolling news, instant communication. What do you do when time renews its mastery?

I’ve always been interested in time,” says Paul Hartnoll, until recently one half of Orbital, Britain’s beloved, torch-bespectacled electronic innovators and live techno pioneers who brought down the curtain on a 25 year career in 2014. “I’ve always had a thing for clocks, and for time as a powerful force — but also the way time oppresses you. It’s one of those things I keep coming back to.”

And he went back to it again after he and Phil Hartnoll separated last year. “Orbital had stopped working properly.” Paul explains. “We’d had a great four years since getting back together in 2008, but it was time to move on.” As Paul began to explore the new freedom of working alone, he kept returning to a doodle he has drawn since he was a teenager: a clock face with the time frozen at 8:58.

For me, 8:58 is a moment of choice,” Paul explains. “It’s almost 9 o’clock. Are you going to school? Are you going in to this job that you hate? Everybody faces that decision now and again. 8:58 am is when you’ve got to make up your mind.”

The record that came out of all this is a rich and enthralling thing in which Paul expands Orbital’s delirious complexity and weapons-grade dancefloor appeal into new and more sophisticated areas. It’s all there in a stately and exhilarating opener, where bells, pistons and angelic robot choirs resemble a future glockenspiel. It’s introduced with a spine-tingling monologue on the theme of time by ‘Peaky Blinders’ star Cillian Murphy. The name of the track, album and artist is — what else? — ‘8:58’. As Cillian Murphy says at the very beginning of ‘8:58’: brace yourself for freedom. Now.

8:58 LP is out now on ACP Recordings. Get it here: and Watch the second official video off the LP, for the track “The Clock” featuring Cillian Murphy, below. Directed by Luke Losey. Hartnoll met Murphy while working on the score of the TV show “Peaky Blinders”, which he collaborated on with Flood and PJ Harvey.

Tour dates (tickets):
09.05.15 – Glasgow O2 ABC
10.05.15 – Manchester Ritz
11.05.15 – Norwich UEA
12.05.15 – Oxford O2 Academy
13.05.15 – Bristol 02 Academy
14.05.15 – London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire