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The Orb

NO SOUNDS ARE OUT OF BOUNDS

COOKING VINYL

Little by The Orb is concise, but the ambient techno of 2015’s Moonbuilding 2703 AD and 2016’s COW, welcomed as a return to their strengths, was certainly less meandering than normal. Talk of a rebirth, however, was wishful thinking. Luckily, No Sounds…, which combines idiosyncratic, stoned grooves with the pop mindset that brought early success, provides greater justification for such sentiments. Other Blue Worlds harks back to 1992’s Blue Room, and Little Fluffy Clouds is recalled in the echoing voices of Wish I Had A Pretty Dog. Similarly enjoyable are the downbeat, Air-like Doughnuts Forever, Rush Hill Road’s celebratory reggae – as poppy, thanks to Hollie Cook’s guest vocals, as anything they’ve ever done – and Wolfbane, which merges airhorns, anti-war sentiments, and Youth’s double bass. Easy On The Onions, meanwhile, is even tastier, with Jah Wobble’s hypnotic bassline slowly dissolving into a pool of Roger Eno’s reflective pianos. Don’t fear the reefer.

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Issue 16 of Long Live Vinyl hits the shelves on what would have been Prince's 60th birthday. Our cover story focuses on the astonishingly prolific decade between 1978-88, when the Purple One released 10 albums that shaped the future of pop. We also round up the 40 essential Prince releases on vinyl that your collection should not be without and profile the cover art that accompanied his remarkable catalogue. Elsewhere this issue, we speak to The Smiths legend Johnny Marr about how he made his best solo album yet – Call The Comet – in his home city of Manchester, hear how Josh T Pearson raised the bar with his own latest record, and sit down for a chat with post-punk icons Wire. In our packed features section, we find out which record changed everything for former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler and meet famous 4AD artist in residence Vaughan Oliver to talk through his classic designs for the Pixies, The Breeders and Cocteau Twins. Also this month, we turn the spotlight on a label that's become a Chicago institution with a mind-bogglingly diverse roster – Drag City, Mark Elliott travels to Belfast for his latest cratedigging adventure in The Trip, and we take an in-depth look at the making of Carole King's career highlight, Tapestry. If all that's not enough, our packed reviews section rounds up new releases and reissues by The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, The Orb, Kamasi Washington, Let's Eat Grandma, Richard Hawley and many more, plus you'll find expert hardware buying and HIFI DIY advice, as well as turntable, speaker and accessory reviews. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers. Pick up your copy today!
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