Album: The Orb & David Gilmour, Metallic Spheres (Columbia)

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How tidy is this? Ambient-house collective enters studio with Pink Floyd guitarist and emerges with...Echoes II?

Well, not quite, but the Orb's debt to Meddle-period Floyd is clear, and not only in the apparent deployment here and there of analogue synths and organ. The "piece" comes in two long parts.

It's a pretty attractive sound, too, with the guitar functioning primarily as a cadence/key-centring machine among ambient fogbanks and driving beats. Spatial! Floydians will either love it or be irritated.

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