Even though I released Orbr’s debut single Circuit City in June 2020, I was laying the groundwork for Orbr’s true maiden voyage the previous summer.
Orbr is my drum & bass avatar, but the first few songs I recorded under that name were far from the world of jungle. I knew I wanted to lean hard in a sci-fi direction, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use house, techno, ambient, or even experimental as the genre vehicle for that work.
So far the Class of ‘93 mixtape series has payed homage to those early rave genres we all know and love: hardcore breakbeat, techno, trance, jungle, acid. This time the focus shifts to ambient, a genre that enjoyed a brief spotlight in the early ’90s, both in and out of the rave scene, and easily deserves a mixtape of its own.
This was my second stab at dark ambient after losing most of my music gear in a break-in. Using only a laptop, a mic, and a wave editor, I somehow spun hay into gold, and the Small Talk single was born