Boomkat Product Review:
Alex Paterson steers The Orb on mission calling for common sense and set to a lushly widescreen backdrop taking in cinematic beat-less works alongside throbbing ambient house and newer strains of pop funk, expanding a style he’s helped shape for 30 years.
“Abolition Of The Royal Familia is the 17th album from Alex Paterson and his rotating roster of collaborative cohorts. The album forms part two of a pair – a continuation of the same “anything goes” ethos as the previous, critically-acclaimed long player No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds. This new offering marks the first album with Paterson and Michael Rendall as main writing partners.
‘Abolition…’ features guest turns from Youth, Roger Eno, Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy (from Gong and System 7), Gaudi, On U-Sound’s David Harrow, Alex’s dog Ruby, a 17 year old trumpeter called Oli Cripps (who was working a Saturday job in Alex’s local record shop when the pair met), his cousin Leyton on whistle, real strings courtesy of Violetta, and a whole lot more.
With it’s provocative, mafia-alluding title, Hogarth/Chapman Brothers inspired cover by artist Pure Evil and a no-longer-present sample of Prince Charles (removed for litigious reasons), ‘Abolition..’ continues The Orb’s recent run of records which protest against the establishment, albeit in their own roundabout and idiosyncratic way.
The album is in part inspired by and in retrospective protest of the royal family’s historical endorsement of the East India Company’s opium trade, which was hugely damaging to India and caused two wars with China in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Humour, samples, deep ambience, cerebral throbbing dub, classic house, the white island, hip hop, psych and heartbreakingly beautiful contemporary composition are recognisably present, as is, perhaps less expectedly, a proudly pop element.”