Somehow euphoric yet mournful, banging yet sad, drenched in keyboards, and rhythmically straddling the previously uncharted terrain between dubstep, garage and house.
Joy Orbison’s brand of garage-house has been celebrated for finding a sound that marries elements of house, two-step, jungle, techno and dubstep. Alongside the release of the gargantuan “Hyph Mngo” (released on Hot Flush in late 2009) and material on his own imprint, Hinge Finger, notorious mixes for Radio 1 and Ministry have only served to cement Joy Orbison’s status.
Blending elements of UK garage, techno, house, and breakbeat hardcore, his tracks are highly percussive bangers, equally suspense-filled and euphoric. Born Peter O’Grady, he was introduced to London’s dance music scene by his uncle, jungle pioneer Ray Keith. After learning how to DJ in his early teens and beginning to produce grime instrumentals in his early twenties, he established his club-friendly sound and began releasing material in 2009.
His lush, riveting debut single, “Hyph Mngo,” appeared on leading dubstep imprint Hotflush in 2009, and was an immediate breakout hit, earning acclaim from publications such as FACT (who named it the best track of the year) and Pitchfork. Singles “J.Doe” and “BB” appeared on his own Doldrums label, while The Shrew Would Have Cushioned the Blow EP (featuring a remix by Actress) was released by Aus Music. Orbison also released well-received remixes of Four Tet’s “Love Cry” and Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games.” He returned to Hotflush in 2011 with “Wade In,” and was also responsible for the uncredited club smash “Sicko Cell,” issued by Swamp 81 during the same year. The label also released “Swims,” another huge club track, which was co-produced by Orbison and Boddika.