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THE ORB
‘Bicycles and Tricycles’ -- Release Date 3rd May 2004
The Hexus/Cooking Vinyl
See the Orb LIVE in Dublin's Ambassador Theatre May 7th

The Orb will release their album ‘Bicycles and Tricycles’ on The Hexus/Cooking Vinyl, in May 2004. Long considered the originators of ambient house music and catalysts to the rise of electronic music in the charts, The Orb are now celebrated for a career of deftly free-spirited, good-humoured musical creativity.

‘I believe in 12 year cycles,’ says The Orb’s main protagonist, Alex Paterson. ‘It’s a Chinese thing, like the months of the year, the beginning of a new chapter.’ And so this is how the Orb have gone full cycle, from a burst onto the dance scene with the single “Loving You/A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld”, (often credited as the first chill out club track) to today, with their new album ‘Bicycles and Tricycles’.

The Orb’s early releases on Big Life Records charted new territory in dance music in the UK and America. “The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld” (1991), “U.F. Orb” (1992) and “Live 93” (1993) mapped the band’s stratospheric creative development as legend grew around the intensity and brilliance of their live shows. From this era came the classic “Little Fluffy Clouds”, which has since become synonymous with the band and the era.

Once on Island Records, The Orb continued to expand creatively, with “Pomme Fritz (The Orb’s Little Album)” (1994) and commercially, with “Orbus Terrarum” (1995). “Orblivion” (1997) was their best-selling album to date, due in no small part to the radio success of the track “Toxygene”. They followed up with a ‘Best Of’, entitled “U.F. Off” (1998), and “Cydonia” (2001).

“My motivation comes from having to prove to people that I can do it,” explains Paterson. “I still have the same desire I did when we first started. In fact, my girlfriend’s always telling me to calm down!” “Bicycles and Tricycles” is an entirely modern effort in the vein of 21st century dance and leftfield music, and a return to the calibre of innovative recording that brought the band critical and commercial acclaim. It features Alex’s long-term collaborators Thomas Fehlmann, Simon Phillips, John Roome and Jimmy Cauty alongside UK MC’s The Corpral and Soom-T.

Paterson and Co. have been enjoying a variety of high-profile gigs in anticipation of the release, including last summer’s open-air performance at Cornwall’s Eden Project, in its vast natural ampitheatre surrounded by eco-domes. They also played the Fuji Rock Festival (complete with Can-Can dancers for “Little Fluffy Clouds”…) and New Year’s Eve in Tokyo. “Bicycles and Tricycles” will be supported by a tour in early May (Dublin show May 7th at the Ambassador Theatre), plus DJ dates in the US, Australia and all over Europe.

MAY - 5 WED UK - MANCHESTER @ HOP & GRAPE, 6 THUR UK - GLASGOW @ THE ARCHES, 7 FRI UK - DUBLIN @ AMBASSADOR, 7 SAT UK – SHEFFIELD @ LEADMILL, 9 SUN UK - BRISTOL @ ACADEMY, 10 MON UK - BRIGHTON @ CONCORDE 2, 14 FRI UK - LONDON @ THE CORONET - 9.00pm - 3.00am

 
 
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