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Orbital unveil new anniversary album, ’30 Something’

The influential duo are celebrating their 30th anniversary

By Elizabeth Aubrey

Orbital - Credit: Kenny McCracken

Orbital have today (April 20) unveiled details of a new anniversary album, ’30 Something’.

Set for release on July 15 via London Recordings, it’s described as “a musical celebration of the pioneering career of the hugely influential electronic music duo comprised of brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll”.

It’s being released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Orbital forming and can be pre-ordered here.

Speaking about the release, Phil Hartnoll said in a statement: “What’s been amazing for me is looking at our past and thinking of all the people who’ve come to see us, they are absolutely brilliant, warm and create such an amazing vibe.

“They are now bringing their kids to our gigs, they love it.”

His brother Paul added: “Now we’re diving into our past and reminding ourselves, blimey, we really did that. And it’s still got something to say.”

The album was also previewed today by a new mix of ‘Where Is It Going?’, which features posthumous vocals from the late Stephen Hawking. It was first premiered during the 2012 London Paralympics Opening Ceremony.

Listen to the track here:

“This is our special Paralympic version of ‘Where Is It Going?’, featuring the fantastic Stephen Hawking,” Orbital said in a statement about the track. “He’s tackling the big question of the unification of physics and the understanding of a theory of everything.

“We’re not there yet, we can’t even find a unification socially as a species but hopefully one day we will find out where we are going…”

The new album features a collection of reworks, remakes and re-imaginings of what are described in a statement as “landmark Orbital tracks based on the duo’s unrivalled live show”.

Orbital tracks such as ‘Chime’, ‘Satan’, ‘The Box’, ‘Impact’ and ‘Halcyon’ will feature on the album alongside guest mixes from artists including Joris Voorn, Jon Hopkins, Dusky, Jon Tejada, Yotto and David Holmes.

Orbital will also play at a number of festivals in the UK and Ireland this summer – check out the dates below:

12 – Beyond The Pale Festival, Wicklow, Ireland
18 – Another Day Festival, Live At The Marquee, Cork, Ireland

12 – Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival, Stirling
23 – Kaleidoscope Festival, Alexandra Palace, London

19 – Stowaway Festival, Stowe, Bucks
27 – Moovin Festival, Stockport
28 – Solfest, Cumbria