Orbital – Wonky Orbital – Wonky

Somedays, I miss the 90’s. This nostalgia only comes because I remember it as a time when electronic records came in large cinematic albums. Of course, I only remember it because I was purchasing CDs at The Wall and only had a 1/10th of the resources now available. Regardless, electronic music presented as a feature length movie is refreshing and this is what drives Orbital‘s first record in 8 years. Orbital is an English act who stomped through the 90’s with semi amazing releases. Successfully mixing a wide variety of styles, the group was a beacon of hope for a genre-less future. As soon as the century turned, it would be flying cars and jetpacks until the end of time. Sadly, today, we do not all wear the same shiny uniform and eat meals in pill form. While my dreams of future utopia were never realized, Wonky gives a glimpse of things which could have happened.

Compared to the very uneven Blue Album in 2004, Orbital has maximized their strengths with a record which is entertaining and dazzling. Amplifying the ambient sections and softening the acid elements, Orbital strikes a balance which could be one of their best albums made in decades. This success not only comes with collaborations from the very hip Zola Jesus but the group’s research in the progression of electronic music. Wonky does not pull from the past yet makes strides towards a shiny one uniform future. It is an album which is ultimately refreshing as well as completely forgettable.

When Wonky works it is when the album becomes a silver blur like the passing of a speeding bullet train. When the album becomes noticeable it is usually due to mistakes, fuckups and head scratching songs. Beginning with “Stingy Acid,” the last half of the record falls into an abrasive mire. Embracing floor banging dubstep, “Beelsedub” is nauseating while the antics of Lady Leshurr on Wonky is somewhat if not entirely infuriating. Wonky as an entire product is frustrating because two or three songs spoil what could have been a sleek seamless electronic record.

In a style predominantly filled with singles, EPs and mixes, it is refreshing to embrace a full length record. Even more so, it is interesting when electronic music combines aspects of intelligent concepts with a the spirit of uplifting dance. i feel like it is 1995 and I am standing in front of the dance/electronica section at Sam Goody of Tower Records. The future is vast with a selection of 10 or 12 albums encased in a ridiculous amount of plastic.

One Big Moment
Straight Sun
New France (Featuring Zola Jesus)
Stringy Acid
Wonky (Featuring Lady Leshurr)
Where Is It Going?

Orbital - Wonky, reviewed by Kaptain Carbon on 2012-07-05T10:17:07-07:00 rating 3.0 out of 5

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