still slipping vol. 1 by Joy Orbison album review by Fran González Aparicio foe Northern Transmissions

XL Recordings/Hige Finger

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Joy Orbison

still slipping vol. 1

It’s hard to believe that, after a decade of being a discreet but constant fixture on the UK music scene, Peter O’Grady has decided to re-introduce himself through his first LP. For more than ten years, the London DJ and producer has been busy releasing singles and remixes that helped to define the club scene in the UK. still slipping vol. 1 arrives, after previous collaborations with James Blake, Four Tet or Overmono, The release, feels like an artistic rebirth for O’Grady, which is a good sign.

Joy Orbison, has never felt comfortable packing his music in an LP format, and that’s the main reason we haven’t see a full-length record from him so far. In words of O’Grady himself, his intention was to conceive the perfect soundtrack for people’s bus journeys, and the mixtape format was the one that best suited his aspirations. still slipping vol. 1, contains several tracks full of intense, deep and dark loops that lull us into an introspective self-absorption. Full of organic noises and repetitive beeps, “bernard? or “runnersz” are just a couple of examples that are able to take us to those listless morning odysseys that we all can relate in between some abysmal downtempo rhythms and your personal restless torrent of thoughts.

Despite the general gloomy coldness, Orbison’s new release, it also includes tracks that make it feel closer and intimate. Not only, do we see his cousin Leighann photographed by Rosie Marks on the album’s cover. We find several sampled voices from his relatives throughout the album (practically, in all of them). Other guest artists that have joined O’Grady, include meandyou label co-founder Herron working with him for the obscure ambient on “sparko,” South-London poet James Messiah sliding his spoken word through some nocturnal and altered voices in “swag w/ kav,” France-born London-based singer Léa Sen on “better,” London R&B singer TYSON knows how to wrap up the album as her delicate voice links perfectly fine with Orbison’s deep ambient-tempo in a fresh closing track called “born slipping”.

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