Release Date: Jun 22, 2018
Record label: Cooking Vinyl
Following two relatively streamlined releases for Kompakt (including 2016's COW / Chill Out, World!, the closest they've come to producing a purely ambient album), the Orb decided to make a more ambitious, diverse, collaboration-heavy album in the spirit of some of their earlier works. On 2018's No Sounds Are Out of Bounds, Dr. Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann are joined by past contributors Youth, Jah Wobble, Roger Eno, and Gaudi in addition to a host of newcomers.
The Orb's 15th album No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds, released 27 years after their first, does not start as it means to go on. A bright, poppy synth meets dubstep-inspired bass for the misleadingly named opening track The End Of The End, sounding very unlike what we've become accustomed to from the ambient collective. However, halfway through the song takes a turn into more traditional dub, an influence that has permeated through their long discography and is present on many other tracks.