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This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.

The Orb: John Roome, Alex Paterson, Simon Phillips.

Ever since its double album ADVENTURES BEYOND THE ULTRAWORLD defined the "ambient house" genre in 1991, the Orb has had a serious legacy to uphold. U.F.ORB and LIVE 93 helped maintain that legacy, but the Orb struggled at times to keep pace with younger, more cutting-edge IDM acts of the '90s and 2000s. 2004's BICYCLES & TRICYCLES finds the group, masterminded by producer/mixologist Alex Paterson, with one foot planted firmly on its early innovations (which resemble the offspring of Brian Eno and a sleepy Chicago house DJ) and the other on the pulse of contemporary techniques.

"Hell's Kitchen," for example, features the lilting melody one expects from the Orb's chill-out ethos, but covered with an almost industrial beat. The dub-influenced "The Land of Green Ginger" and "Tower Twenty Three" give some heady space to the insistent 4/4 that usually dominates the ensemble's tracks. Elsewhere, the Orb is up to its old tricks of techno-touched ambient with floating vocal samples and synth washes, as on the jazzy "Gee Strings." BICYCLES & TRICYCLES proves the knob-twiddling skills of this early electronica act are still significantly up to snuff.

What the critics say...

Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "The Orb's gently pleasing grooves, with their occasional excursions into prog and techno, still work as aural enhancers for the cannabinoidally-inclined."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Orb Is (Shopping Version) - (Shopping Version)
  2. Aftermath - (with MC Soon T)
  3. Land Of Green Ginger, The
  4. Hell's Kitchen
  5. Gee Strings
  6. Prime Evil
  7. Abstractions (Trance Pennine Express)
  8. From A Distance (Blast Master V The Corpral)
  9. Tower Twenty Three - (Spud V. Kreature mix)
  10. Kompania - (Grooved Wave mix)
  11. Dilmun
Release date Australia
July 13th, 2004
Sanctuary (USA)
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