Now that Decibel Festival has announced Orbital as one of the 2012 headliners, the Hartnoll brothers are making a few online exclusives available in advance of their arrival. And that's to say nothing of their fine new full-length, Wonky.
First up: a relentless, yet accessible mix for Needle Exchange featuring favorites from the 1980s-2000s, combined with three Orbital cuts. Personally, I never get tired of Yazoo's "Situation" (which they splice and dice with NIN's "Closer").
Below: performances of "Wonky" and "Beelzedub" from the Brooklyn Academy. Both come with the on-screen warning, "This video contains strobe lighting."
And here's Decibel founder Sean Patrick Horton's statement about the band:
"The first electronic dance music CD I purchased was Orbital's '2' [1993's 'brown album'] back in 1993. Unlike the industrial music I was listening to at the time, what struck me immediately with Orbital was there were no vocals. The emphasis was entirely on the sound design and composition, which were unlike anything I had ever heard prior. Orbital has always held a special place in my heart both as producers and performers. They were one of the first purely electronic live acts to headline major festivals and tours globally, which pushed the idea of live electronic music performance into the forefront of early rave culture. As Decibel curator, I have taken the stance that live electronic music performance is crucial to the Decibel brand and no performance duo in history is more relevant to me personally than Orbital. It’s worth noting that 2012 celebrates the 20th anniversary of my discovery of Orbital and it is with great pleasure that I announce they will be one of the headliners for the 2012 Decibel Festival."
A dubstep remake of 1991's "Satan," which samples the Butthole Surfers.
Earlier this year, former Stranger contributor Michelangelo Matos interviewed Orbital's Phil Hartnoll for NPR's The Record here. And in case you missed it, Dean Fawkes recently posted a two-hour compilation of their Glastonbury performances. The ninth annual Decibel Festival runs from Sept. 26-30, 2012.