Since co-founding The Orb with Jimmy Cauty at the height of acid house, Alex Paterson has soothingly soundtracked countless comedowns and taken listeners on innumerable adventures beyond the ultraworld. On the eve of a 30th anniversary tour and having just released his 15th Orb album, Paterson digs out a selection of influential albums…

Crate Digging with... Alex Paterson


Crate Digging with... Alex Paterson - 2001 A Space Odyssey

 

VARIOUS ARTISTS
2001: A Space Odyssey
“From Also Sprach Zarathustra to The Blue Danube, György Ligeti’s sustained chords shift ever so slowly over time. This soundtrack has it all: emotion, relaxation, it’s all here. It’s been in my collection since before 2001!”

 


Crate Digging with... Alex Paterson - Africa Must Be Free By 1983

 

HUGH MUNDELL
Africa Must Be Free By 1983
“Augustus Pablo was the producer – I recorded with his studio band in Kingston, in ‘78. I used to sit on my windowsill up the palace and get high listening to this. Hugh’s vocals are haunting, especially on My Mind and Ital Slip.”

 


Crate Digging with... Alex Paterson - Super Ape

 

THE UPSETTERS
Super Ape
“Probably the first, and best, dub album in the world, this was part of my youth. From Underground to Curly Dub, Dread Lion to Dub Along, it’s a classic in the true sense of the word. This is Lee Scratch Perry at his baddest and best.”

 


Crate Digging with... Alex Paterson - Metal Box

 

PIL
Metal Box
“I saw them at The Rainbow in Finsbury Park on Boxing Day, 1978. This LP is magical to me and a favourite in my chillout sets. With Wobble’s god-like bass and screams from Lydon, it’s not unlike a dub album. I bought a spare copy, just in case!”

 


Crate Digging with... Alex Paterson - Lust For Life

 

IGGY POP
Lust For Life
Turn Blue has always been a favourite, and I was around the age of 16 when this album came out. It was a party album, one to dance and live Iggy’s life to. Fall In Love With Me and Some Weird Sin were the soundtrack to my club nights in ‘77.”

 


Crate Digging with... Alex Paterson - Closer

 

JOY DIVISION
Closer
“I was living in a squat with Killing Joke, who toured with Joy Division, when this came out. It represents all the sad, electric tunes that shone out from Manchester in the very early 1980s. My favourites are The Eternal, Heart And Soul, and Decades.”

 


Crate Digging with... Alex Paterson - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

 

BRIAN ENO AND DAVID BYRNE
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
“Early days for sampling in the English-speaking world. It’s up there with all of Eno’s works. It inspired me to record a preacher at a worship show in ’89, which ended up on the first Orb album.”

 


Crate Digging with... Alex Paterson - Bytes

 

BLACK DOG PRODUCTIONS
Bytes
“This is a masterclass on how to create your own sound… This is an amazing album. Many a spliff was smoked to this sound – techno as it should be. Model 500 and Derrick May showed us the way, and Plaid warped us into outer space.”

 


Crate Digging with... Alex Paterson - Blue Lines

 

MASSIVE ATTACK
Blue Lines
“This was a new sound and a new way to enjoy music, with total vocal freedom. I’m proud to know these kind brethren. Be Thankful For What You’ve Got is stunningly elegant and cries out for a skank! Blue Lines was the first true trip-hop album.”

 


Crate Digging with... Alex Paterson - Donuts

 

J DILLA
Donuts
“I’ve listened to this pretty much all the time since I found it… There are some profound moments: J Dilla passed away three days before the release. It’s a great man’s requiem and makes you smile and thank whoever it is for being there for you.”

 


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