The Blue Room

The Orb, 1992

I've heard it said that in 1992—arguably the Orb's heyday—they got the BBC radio to broadcast the full-length version of the Blue Room (forty minutes long!) at least once, on air in its entirety. This 12-inch EP doesn't include that version, but it does have their brightest early moment: Assassin.

This track gurgles along on bubbling synths, rising and bursting. Syncopated beats drop in and out of the mix in a style equal parts from King Tubby and countless nights spent DJing. Assassin is highly textured and obliquely melodic, filled with red herrings and asides. At fifteen minutes long, it feels half as long as it actually is.