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My Oracle Lives Uptown
William Orbit
My Oracle Lives Uptown
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
 
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My Oracle Lives Uptown is William Orbit's eighth album, and his signature sound sleek and lush, but leaving a cool slipstream in its wake is immediately recognisable. Most of tracks on the album feature vocals, even if the...  more »

     
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All Artists: William Orbit
Title: My Oracle Lives Uptown
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
Release Date: 6/22/2009
Album Type: Import
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Styles: Ambient, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 5060186920061

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My Oracle Lives Uptown is William Orbit's eighth album, and his signature sound sleek and lush, but leaving a cool slipstream in its wake is immediately recognisable. Most of tracks on the album feature vocals, even if they are only textures in the mix - and their placement within the track is planned with a remixer s ear for shifts of perspective.

My Oracle Lives Uptown, follows his last solo album, 2006's Hello Waveforms. This is more of a party record than the previous ones, says William Orbit of his new album. It s not a serious, po-faced record, it s not ambient although it has its ambient moments. One of the things about being eclectic is that people don t know what they are going to get. But I would say that it s upbeat with a bit of glitter on it.

Although My Oracle Lives Uptown is probably William Orbit s most immediate album, it s so subtly layered that it only reveals itself fully after a number of plays. And like his other solo albums, it will surely be resistant to the ageing process. His vision is idiosyncratic and original enough to not to have to try to play catch-up with anyone else, which gives his music a curiously timeless feel.
 

CD Reviews

William Orbit continues making great music
William Merrill | San Antonio, TX United States | 12/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Although he ended his Strange Cargo series a few years ago, this new William Orbit collection could fit into that series pretty easily. It's a very nice set of mostly instrumental, mostly electronic themes, often with a steady dance beat and always with an intriguing melody. What you expect from Orbit are interesting sounds, and Oracle does not disappoint. Take the jazzy keyboard riff that opens and anchors "Neutron Star," for instance. It's a perfect counterpoint to the light, wordless female vocal that floats above the song, and fits in well with the echoing "guitar" line that pops up periodically in the song. (I put guitar in quotes, 'cause who knows if it's an actual guitar being played there or another keyboard effect?) Although most of the themes are basically electronic dance tracks, he does vary the content somewhat. For instance, after a spacey into, "Hydrajacked" gets mildly funky with its sharp bass line and psuedo-Chic guitar sound. The very next cut, the hoppy, finger-snappin' title track, has a mild Cornershop vibe. It always comes back to the shimmering synth textures, though, which for me is a very good thing."