From the opening tracks the Hartnoll brothers' resurrection is vibrant and energised, staying true to the melodic techno tenets that made Orbital such a musical force in the 90s. Vintage analogue synths, pulsating beats and ethereal instrumentation all clock in from the word go.
But there's a welcome nod to fresh ideas and experimentation too: track 'Beelzedub' is an energised dose of dubstep, reworking the classic 'Satan' with a sprinkling of Skrillex. Electro-pop chanteuse Zola Jesus is used to devastating effect on the lavishly beautiful highlight 'New France', arguably one of the tracks of the year.
The tempo rises once again through euphoric 808 anthem 'Stringy Acid' and UK MC Lady Leshurr blasts away with a confident machine gun rap on a title track that veers into the surreal with its cat mewls, echoing chimes and punchy Basement Jaxx-esque bounce (listen and watch the video starring Mathew Horne below).
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It's hardly ground-breaking territory for Orbital - the brothers don't wander too far from their instantly recognisable sound and were still clad in torchlight headsets during live performances for Mixmag and BBC Radio 6 this year. But it is an exuberant triumph and a worthwhile addition to their rich career so far.
Tracks to download: 'New France', 'Beelzedub', 'Wonky'
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Watch the music video for 'New France' below:
Watch the music video for 'Wonky' below: