The Orb 'COW/Chill Out, World!' (Kompakt)
This year marks the silver jubilee of The Orb’s dub ambient testament ‘Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld’, an album that was as much a feature of post-rave comedowns as a packet of large Rizla. But the duo also proved their mojo was still as strong as ever with last year’s ‘Moonbuilding 2703 AD’, which meandered between scuttling breaks, stoned house and chill-out jams. As the title of this new LP suggests, it’s the latter that’s the foundation here. In particular, the beautiful and ambient narco-breakbeat of ‘4am Exhale’ and swooning downtempo of ‘9 Elms Over River Eno (Channel 9)’ are two gentle, aural hugs from these two esteemed purveyors of sonic sunshine.
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