May 29, 2017

The Orb - U.F.Orb (1992)

The Orb is the brainchild of Jimmy Cauty of The KLF. This is where Cauty was able to focus the bulk of his ambient musings while his primary group was typically split between break music and Kraftwerk/Eno inspired ambient. The first two Orb albums established the essence of ambient house by effortlessly melding sound-collages and deep, juicy four-to-floor house pulses. I feel that this sub-section of ambient music is the easiest portal to the lucid genre since the traditional house bits make the vast sections of detached sampling a little more friendly and entertaining. U.F.Orb is the follow-up to The Orb's debut, The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld. Due to how long each album is, I haven't ever had the chance to do a side-by-side comparison, but from what I remember about each, I feel that this sophomore effort is a little more straighforward and, at a half hour shorter, an easier album to digest. I wouldn't say one is better than the other, but the debut feels a lot more planned out and deeper than this; like how Ridin Dirty is to Super Tight or The Dark Side Of The Moon is to Meddle. U.F.Orb radiates peaceful hallucinogenic vibes. I don't mean bursts of psychedelic energy like Funkadelic or Syd Barrett though; more like dropping off your body and entering the world of DXM or Ketamine. I am not saying that any album can capture the experience of a drug, but the album's personality is definitely similar to some disassociative trips. If you're ever in the mood for some easy-going, positive, soothing music, then you should cop this. "But...there is a third world, the world of objective contents of thoughts". Enjoy.