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Sevenoaks, Kent, England (1989 – 2004, 2009 – 2014)

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. In 2014 they split up again.

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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  • kineticwaves

    I hope they come back and make another album. "Wonky" was so cool!!

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
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    6 Nov 2014 Reply
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  • minimoog70

    They're on hiatus really : )

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • alin1

    @LCDnewOrder: Add also The Knife to the list.

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • LCDnewOrder

    Oh my god, no. What is it with bands breaking up this year? Rashad dies, Frankie Knuckles dies, Crystal Castles split and now Orbital break up again? God must hate electronic music to let this happen.

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Babs_05


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  • alin1

    Orbital announce split again, Paul Hartnoll to release solo album as 8:58:

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Manic-Insanity

    Oldskool techno!

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Hoban_Wash

    Halcyon And On And On - awesome. OST Hackers

    23 Jul 2014 Reply
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  • itsAbiz

    Halcyon On And On ♥

    18 Apr 2014 Reply
  • NoMercy13

    great techno oldscool.Vivat!

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • danielexciter


    13 Feb 2014 Reply
  • musicsdope

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

    25 Jan 2014 Reply
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    24 Jan 2014 Reply
  • businessera

    Mortal Kombat

    18 Jan 2014 Reply
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  • My_Sharona

    Brings back memories <3

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