||U.F.Orb CD (1992)
Thrash albums A worthy successor to the group's first release, the watershed double-disc THE ORB'S ADVENTURES BEYOND THE ULTRAWORLD, U.F.ORB ranges a little further afield in composition and concept. With a keener sense of focus and a greater willingness to step outside the rave-oriented dance meters of the duo's debut, Alex Paterson and Kris Weston (a.k.a. Thrash) delve more heavily into found sounds, samples, and audio collage.
The opener and the chimerical, mesmerizing "Blue Room," demonstrate a particular affinity for manipulating sound into abstract, mind-teasing formations. The influence of heavy dub--the sort practiced by Lee "Scratch" Perry and King Tubby--is apparent here as well, especially on the aptly named "Towers of Dub." But the Orb still creates pulsing, beat-based music for this outing, particularly on the title track and the tense "Close Encounters." U.F.ORB demonstrates the group's prowess at melding the rhythmic elements of house with the avant-garde, organic soundscapes of ambient music, and confirms its status as a highly influential act in the development of electronica.
Out-of-print in the US. Single disc pressing of their sophomore ambient/chill out classic from Alex Paterson and Kris Weston. It was recorded with former PiL bassist Jah Wobble and keyboardist Miquette Giraudy, as well as guitarist Steve Hillage. Seven tracks including 'Towers Of Dub', 'Majestic', 'Close Encounters' and the aforementioned 'Blue Room'. Universal.
The Orb: Dr. Alex Paterson, Thrash.
Additional personnel: Aisha (vocals); Steve Hillage (guitar); Tom Green (flute); Marney ...