Orbital

Formed 1989.
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Paul from Orbital catches up with Liz Kershaw

Paul Hartnoll from Orbital catches up with Liz Kershaw on the phone.

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Biography

Orbital are an English electronic dance music duo from Sevenoaks, Kent consisting of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll. Their career initially ran from 1989 until 2004, but in 2009 they announced that they would be reforming and headlining The Big Chill, in addition to a number of other live shows in 2009. The band's name was taken 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. In addition, the cover art on three of their albums features stylised atomic orbitals. Orbital were both critically and commercially successful, and known particularly for their element of live improvisation during shows, a rarity among techno acts. They were initially influenced by early electro and punk rock.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Wonky

    Wonky 2012

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    A fantastic return which will appeal to middle-aged ravers and fresher ears alike.
  2. Review of The Altogether

    The Altogether 2001

    Reviewed by Christian Hopwood
    ...proof positive that Orbital have never been a band to rest on their laurels...
  3. Review of Orbital

    Orbital 1991

    Reviewed by Chris Power
    For all its disparateness, the energy and creativity at play make this irresistible.