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Connecting The Dots

by Alex Paterson / The Orb

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Martin Bell
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Martin Bell A beautifully melodic, chilled mix Perfection!
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roijaune I wanted to listen to it while working this morning, now I am floating above my keyboard! Far from being just a background sound (to which many ambient titles are unfortunately relegated) it is a real dive into a world of lightness where we follow the light that traces the points of our journey...
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sirroyster This is The Orb album I have been waiting for since Chill Out World. This is the soundscape to send my mind off out into different worlds. No one does ambient like Alex and his crew. Thank you for all the journeys.
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Matthew Foord This has been on constant rotation since i purchased. Utterly magical. An aural balm for the soul
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KEI NAKANO Because it's the ORB!
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Silent listener Hi.. Is this meant to be listed by track ( like in Spotify?) or is it just one continuous mix?
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It’s been well under a year since we launched our new series, CONNECTING THE DOTS. A mix series where we have had the label’s closest family of DJs; Michael Mayer, Tobias, Thomas, Jonathan Kaspar and Robag Wruhme dig deep into the 15,000+ track catalogue in KOMPAKT’s music vault. We are pleased to report that the response has been beyond our expectations. From the pages of Spiegel and Pitchfork to the fan mail we have received, we have seemingly hit a sweet spot in how the story of the label can be told in so many different styles and ways.

Alex Paterson should need no introduction but let’s give you a short one anyhow. A pioneering force in the early days of UK ambient / rave techno, he is most famed for establishing The Orb – one of the first breakthrough electronic acts we all know and love. KOMPAKT was fortunate to work closely with an incarnation of The Orb that was Thomas Fehlmann and Alex Paterson, releasing multiple albums and EPs up to their disbanding in 2017. The Orb continues on, and our friendship with Alex (and Thomas) remains strong. His regular program on London’s WNBC is a regular listen in the office and he’s lovingly played many KOMPAKT releases on the show…to invite him to do a CONNECTING THE DOTS mix was the most obvious one.

The result on his CONNECTING THE DOTS is an illuminating, out of this world DJ mix that finds focus on the world of our expansive Pop Ambient catalogue but also leans towards the more fringe elements of the techno output from the label. From mainstay inclusions of music from GAS and Michael Mayer to lost gems such as the shoegazish bliss of Sam Willis’ and Alessio Natalizia’s Walls project and the hum of Slowdive’s Simon Scott “Für Betty”, Alex Paterson’s skills as a DJ is riveting from start to end and certainly shows there is no sign of him wavering as one of electronic music’s greatest storytellers.


released September 17, 2021


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