The late-90s craze for 'chill-out' could well be laid at the door of The Orb, but don't hold it against them. Purveyors of cerebral, abstract and quite lush electronica nearly a decade before Air got around to releasing 'Moon Safari', The Orb virtually invented ambient house. But they escaped dinner party hell by way of an eye for the curious, esoteric end of sampling. The first Orb record, 1991's 'Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld' featured the sound of seagulls and astronauts, manna for spaced-out and exhausted disco kids. However, label problems after the release of harder second album 'UF.Orb' meant The Orb were out of action longer than they probably wanted to be. No matter, because already their place alongside the likes of Aphex Twin and their idol Brian Eno was assured.