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Album Review

As much as Sounds From the Ground deserve to be considered on their own, you can't help but think of the first two Orb albums while Luminal is spinning. Dubby beats, spacy noises, and an appearance from steel-guitar man B.J. Cole all bring the best of the Orb's early years to mind, but stampeding horses sound effects and Dillinger singing about "Ten Tons of Dope" are a few of the touches that make this unit more fun and easygoing. They're lighter and brighter too, making Luminal less of a commitment than anything the Orb ever did. The melody of "As the Day Goes By" latches on right away and even with most tracks over six minutes, Luminal is noodling-free. Released in an age when the laptop and glitch reign supreme, Luminal keeps the space-music spirit of Tangerine Dream and the Orb going with a winning smirk and a Kruder & Dorfmeister quirk.

Biography

Formed: 1994 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Ambient dub-techno duo Sounds from the Ground first came to prominence during the mid-'90s with the landmark productions "Triangle" (1994) and "Gather" (1995). After releasing these two successful singles, the duo — London, England-based producers Elliot Jones and Nick Woolfson — crafted their debut long-player, Kin (1996). The singles, as well as the album, were released on the Universal Egg label, while the well-known ambient label Waveform released the album in the States to a warm...
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