Opening with a looped Star Trek sample, Orbital
's second album progresses through eight tracks of warm, unrepetitive techno in what sounds more like a DJ mix album than an LP, with no bows to mainstream sensibilities. Here, the duo's acknowledged inspiration from Kraftwerk
, present before but always in the background, came to the fore. The brilliant manner in which the Hartnolls weave several synth lines, samples, sung vocals, and percussion -- mathematically precise but still beautifully orchestrated -- updated Kraftwerk
's mastery of minimalist electronic music. One of the highlights of the '90s techno movement, the "brown" album is still Orbital
's most exciting work.