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R.I.P. Orbital — electronic duo announce breakup

on October 21, 2014, 9:45am

British electronic duo Orbital have once again called it quits.

Co-founder Paul Hartnoll announced the group’s breakup Tuesday in a statement posted to their official website. “We’ve had our ups and downs, and it’s not always been easy, but I’ve loved my time with Orbital,” he wrote, before adding, “But nothing lasts forever and it’s time to stop.”

Comprised of Paul and his brother Phil, Orbital emerged out of London’s acid house scene in the late 1980s. The duo made a name for themselves thanks to their distinct knack for improvisation and roots in both electro and punk rock. They really hit their stride, however, with the back-to-back releases of their second and third LPs — 1993’s Orbital 2 and 1994’s Snivilisation — which featured several simultaneously charting singles and parlayed into soundtracking gigs for The Saint and Mortal Kombat, as well as a spot at Glastonbury.

Orbital initially broke up in 2004, but reunited in 2009 to headline The Big Chill Music Festival. They subsequently released what would be their final album, 2012’s Wonky, and performed at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony alongside Stephen Hawking.

In the same statement announcing Orbital’s disbandment, Paul Hartnoll also revealed the formation of a new solo project called 8:58. He explained it’s a “continuation of my work from the past 25 years but with a new vitality taking me on to something fresh, mixed with the best of what I’ve put into Orbital,” adding, “Expect some live shows soon where I will be playing a mixture of my new music alongside my Orbital favorites.”

Already, Hartnoll’s released 8:58’s first song and video — aptly dubbed, “8:58” — from a self-titled LP due out February 16th, 2015. Check out the Orbital-leaning slice of experimental dance pop below.

Here’s a few classic Orbital cuts from their nine-album discography.

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