Electronic music pioneers Orbital join us at Miranda in The Ace Hotel London on Wednesday October 10th 2018 as part of our celebrations for National Album Day to look back their iconic fourth album In Sides. Orbital will be interviewed by Classic Album Sundays founder and BBC 6music host Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy on the making of the album and it’s lasting legacy. This will then be followed by a full album playback on our world class audiophile soundsystem. Th evening will wrap up with a Q&A allowing fans to ask questions of their own.
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The album’s title is a reference to the fact that the original vinyl LP release of the album was as a 3-LP vinyl box set, with one track per side of each disc. In Sides saw the band continue the process, begun on their previous album Snivilisation, of moving away from making music for the rave scene towards more intricately crafted melodies and reflective, downtempo tracks. Gathering widespread acclaim not just from dance music magazines but also the UK’s more traditional rock music papers such as NME and Melody Maker, the album is considered by many reviewers and fans to be among Orbital’s best work.
Being able to host this event is exciting for all of us as it once looked impossible after Orbital’s surprisingly bitter break-up in 2012. Driven apart by music’s strange and infamous brother-vs-brother dynamic, Paul and Phil didn’t speak for five years after the ‘Wonky’ tour ended.
“When we fell out, I just couldn’t enjoy any of the amazing things we’d done over 25 years with Orbital,” says Phil. They’d been onstage with Stephen Hawking at the Paralympics, in front of the whole world. They’d remixed Madonna. They’d played Glastonbury many times and travelled the world. “And this silly row sort of poisoned it. How daft is that?”
Now the brothers have a pact. Whatever happens, Orbital does not stop. “We’ve learned to talk to each other rather than let things stew, and it’s much better,” says Phil. “We used to waste a lot of energy wondering what the other one was thinking and getting on each other’s nerves. But now we actually talk! And it’s brilliant.”
“It was silly really,” adds Paul. “We’re brothers and business partners and creative partners, so we were three times as likely to fall out. But in the end we had to remind ourselves that Orbital is something we’re really proud of and that we love doing it.”
Join us for a special evening to experience Orbital’s In Sides as never before.
The album is available to buy here.
Time & Date: Wednesday 10th Ocotber 2018 19:00 – 22:00
Miranda, Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ
Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy with Orbital
Dynavector D17D3 MC Cartridge, Rega P9 Turntable, Rega IOS Phono Stage Audio Note Jinro Integrated Amp, Chord Signature Speaker Cable, Chord Signature Tuned Aray interconnects, ISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner and Klipschorn Loudspeakers