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My Oracle Lives Uptown Import


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William Orbit is probably best known to American audiences for his Grammy winning production work on Madonna’s multi-platinum record Ray of Light in 1998. Orbit and Madonna received six Grammy nominations for the record and took home statues for Best Pop Album and Best Dance Record, but Orbit has been pioneering his unique combination of ambient electronica and acoustic music since the ... Read more in Amazon's William Orbit Store

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  • Audio CD (June 22, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B002BH3K52
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7. My Oracle Lives Uptown
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9. Neutron Star
10. Treetop Club (CD Bonus Track)
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14. Little Skipper (CD Bonus Track)
15. Reverie Of The Tapir (CD Bonus Track)
16. City Lights Reflection

Editorial Reviews

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First release from the Kobalt Digital label

CD features additional tracks unavailable digitally

'......its the soundtrack to to the morning after a wondrous night.....Orbit has never been quite so inviting' Q Magazine

'William Orbit is one of the most original and idiosyncratic electronic artists in the business....absolutely gorgeous' Hot Press


'The dreamy Optical Illusions washes over you in gorgeously drowsy electronic waves....Orbit has no need to reinvent the wheel - this has become his sound, and once again it's irresistible.' Mojo Magazine (4 Stars) --Press Release

Product Description

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.

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This is really enjoyable electronic music.
Mick Mueck
On this most recent one, I can't get past the first three or four tunes - it is all so captivating.
Muddle One
A fantastic collection of quirky, catchy electronic tunes with fat sounds.
Nicholas Vinen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 23, 2009
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul DeZan on April 22, 2013
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This album is the perfect tool for breaking down those who protest that they don't like electronica, ambient, new age, whatever. Like all of Orbit's best work, "Oracle" is all of those things...and none of them. Although it is not Orbit's best album (that is SC 3, followed at a distance by SC Hinterland), it is his most immediately accessible and maybe his most addictive; my daughter and I didn't listen to much else for about six months after we got our copy.

Why is Orbit different from the dozens/hundreds/thousands of other guys with a computer and a bit of instrumental skill? Mostly, it's sheer good taste. Even though his bag of sonic tricks is as limited as anyone else's, he has this uncanny knack for never beating an idea to death and a consistently astonishing ability to layer his ideas in what seem like infinite ways. He understands what a song is, too; he doesn't noodle around. I've been listing to Orbit since 1996 and I still haven't gotten to the bottom of some of his best tracks. His skills fail him on his "reimagined classics" CDs which are mostly just unfortunate, but his best original work has something like magic to it; it often seems as if creating this amazing music is what he does instead of dreaming.
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A fantastic collection of quirky, catchy electronic tunes with fat sounds. Includes some instrumentals and some tracks with lyrics.

While Orbit has produced many great albums over the years, this is easily among the best and arguably his strongest solo effort. Highly recommended for electronic music fans.
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By Kent B on August 6, 2012
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Love this artist!!! Have his complete collection and looking forward to more. He has some real gems, starting from many years ago.
Thanks for the download
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Format: Vinyl
Just want to make a few comments on the limited vinyl version of this album.

The first thing you probably notice is the price. Yes, it is expensive. Is it worth it? Well, I guess that depends on how you look at things. I will say it is a very good quality pressing on two heavyweight vinyl discs. My copy is clean, and I didn't notice any discernible noise. The packaging is very good, with a 12 x 12 booklet inside with lots of photos, etc. It is a gatefold sleeve, and there is really nothing to quibble with here.

If you're a collector, then this may be worth your money. I suspect that one day it will be worth more than it's current selling price. It is on Linn Records, known for high quality audio gear, and, primarily, classical recordings.

What stops me from giving it 5 stars is the music. Most of it is good, some of it very good, but it's nothing spectacular. Most of the record is instrumental, though there are a number of vocal tracks, with the sound reminding me somewhat of the collaboration Orbit did with Madonna on "Beautiful Stranger"; a sort of 60s psychedelia with modern production.

Some songs may improve with additional listening.
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