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Sevenoaks, Kent, England (1989 – 2004, 2009 – present)

Orbital are an music duo consisting of brothers Phil Hartnoll and Paul Hartnoll formed in Sevenoaks, Kent, England whose career originally lasted from 1989 until 2004.

Orbital reformed in 2009 with the original lineup of Phil Hartnoll and Paul Hartnoll.

Orbital took their name from Greater London’s orbital motorway, the M25, which was central to the early rave scene and party network in the South East during the early days of acid house. One of the biggest names in British electronica during the 1990s, Orbital were both critically and commercially successful, being particularly known for an element of live improvisation during their shows, a rarity with techno acts. They were initially influenced by early electro and punk rock.

In 1989, Orbital recorded a track called “Chime” on their father’s cassette deck. It was released on Oh Zone Records in December 1989, and re-released on FFRR a few months later. The track became a rave anthem, reaching number 17 in the UK charts, and earning them an appearance on Top of the Pops, during which they wore anti-Poll Tax t-shirts. A few singles and EPs followed, and their first self-titled album, a collection of tracks recorded at various times, was released in late 1991.

In late 1992, the “Radiccio” EP barely reached the UK top 40, but it included probably their most well-known song, “Halcyon”. The song featured a backwards sample of Kirsty Hawkshaw from Opus III’s “It’s a Fine Day”, and B-side “The Naked and the Dead” was similarly based on a line from Scott Walker’s rendition of Jacques Brel’s song “Next”.

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  • itsAbiz

    Halcyon On And On ♥

    18 Apr 7:45pm Reply
  • NoMercy13

    great techno oldscool.Vivat!

    8 Mar 11:57am Reply
  • LUCKYPIPEBOMB

    i found orbital 2 at a thrift store in seattle and decided to get it cus i THOUGHT id heard of em before.. i was right, it was EXACTLY what i was looking for! one of the greatest things ive ever liberated from any establishment ill tell ya what

    18 Feb 5:24am Reply
  • danielexciter

    amazing

    13 Feb 3:28pm Reply
  • musicsdope

    Orbital - [Wonky CD1 #01] One Big Moment {5:59/6:17} Far out

    25 Jan 2:15am Reply
  • GuilhotinaRecs

    Do you like underground EDM? Then you might wanna listen to the duo Bitch Bros! The most prolific rising underground EDM duo from Brasil! :D

    24 Jan 4:22pm Reply
  • businessera

    Mortal Kombat

    18 Jan 12:27pm Reply
  • Collector97

    Good!

    9 Jan 5:23am Reply
  • My_Sharona

    Brings back memories <3

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Isawitcoming

    brings me back to such a better time in life, forever will love them <3

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • echouno

    Muy buena version del Doctor WHO?. Hoy en su aniversario.... LA mejor version de Dr who

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • loogee

    Gods in the heaven of electronic music. Beautiful sounds and melodies. Sometimes for dance and always for headphones 8-)

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Neon_Spadezzz

    I think I'm starting to idolize this band. I have many favorites. Thank you Phil and Paul Hartnoll for the great music.

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MeltingCORE

    Got Wonky and I love every song on it! Lush (Live) and Stringy Acid. <3 I have to check out their older stuff now. :)

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Diversant4556

    Technologicque Park <3

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • GoodBoy288

    Belfast

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • EdRooney

    Listening to Orbital compels me to weep, I get overwhelmed by certain songs. I am fortunate to have met them and sad that I will never get to meet them again.

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Walking_Up

    my pure love <3 it IS like the best band of all time, very true

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • slidein

    The best band of all time!!! I really love it!!!

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • RmaNTrance

    One Of The Pure Electronic Music Geniuses !

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
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