JOY ORBINSON : SELECTORS 004 [ Dekmantel ]
Catalogue : Dekmantel / DKMNTLSLCTRS004
Format : 2LP
Condition : New
Country : Netherlands
Released : 2017
Genre : House, Disco
Joy Orbison, AKA Pete O'Grady, is not a selector as many have come to understand the term. He first emerged in the late '00s as a producer alongside a wave of dubstep-influenced UK artists. He made an immediate impact—2009's "Huph Mngo" from his debut EP, was a ubiquitous dance floor hit. O'Grady has steadily made music since—much of it bass-heavy house and techno, mostly coproduced by Boddika. In recent years, however, he's become equally renowned for his DJing, as comfortable playing unreleased, throbbing UK techno at summer festivals as he is playing leftfield cuts in intimate clubs.
The latest Selectors compilation purposefully reflects O'Grady's UK heritage. (He's the first British contributor to the series.) Where previous editions—from Motor City Drum Ensemble, Young Marco and Marcel Dettmann—have represented particular sounds or eras, O'Grady's focus is geographical. He pulls tracks exclusively from British artists, several of whom are lesser-known. The airy digital soul of "Heartbreaker," from 1989, was made by Toyin Agbetu, a prolific producer of soul and dance tracks through the '80s and '90s. (He's now a social rights activist and filmmaker.) "One For Da Laydeez," a Rephlex-released cut by JP Buckley, AKA Jason Buckle, comes from an artist who went on to work alongside Jarvis Cocker, as Relaxed Muscle, and wrote songs for The Pretenders and Marc Almond.