orb reveal their republican leanings on this, their 17th record of deep ambience, cerebral throbbing dub, classic house, hip hop, and psych.
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. humour, samples, the white island, and heartbreakingly beautiful contemporary composition are recognisably present, as is, perhaps less expectedly, a proudly pop element. “all in all, it’s a quintessential orb album, and in today’s world as the one thirty years ago, that’s a mighty fine thing.
daze - missing & messed up mix
house of narcotics - opium wars mix
hawk kings - oseberg buddhas buttonhole
honey moonies - brain washed at area 49 mix
pervitin - empire culling & the hemlock stone version
afros, afghans and angels - helgö treasure chest
shape shifters (in two parts) - coffee & ghost train mix
say cheese - siberian tiger cookie mix
ital orb - too blessed to be stressed mix
the queen of hearts - princess of clubs mix
the weekend it rained forever - oseberg buddha mix (the ravens have left the tower)
slave till u die no matter what u buy - l’anse aux meadows mix