Joy Orbison has released a pack of five of his “most sought after” tracks from the archive, dating back more than a decade to 2009 – 2010.
All five releases, ‘tentative bidding demo’, ‘smother demo’, ‘ladywell’, ‘em & aitch’ and ‘gr etiquette’ were produced between 2009 and 2010, around the same time as his breakout single ‘Hyph Mngo’.
He had previously released ‘GR Etiquette (’09 Mix)’ in March 2020 temporarily through Bandcamp, withh all money raised doanted to Southwark food bank,
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Speaking about the surprise release on Instagram alongside a collection of photos taken around the time of production, Joy Orbison wrote: “These pictures were taken around the time my first single ‘Hyph Mngo’ was released. I was a post boy for a music publisher in Soho at the time.”
He went on to give the context of that period, speaking about his friend’s bedroom studio where he first produced music and his own setup at his parent’s house. “I’m not even sure what the plan was really, I was useless at my (painfully simple) job and I guess this was an escape from that,” he said.
“I had mucked about on Fruity Loops and Cubase for years but I think this was the first time I had a bit of a direction or sound. My only goal was to get one of my tracks played on Hessle Audio’s Sub FM show, that was literally it.”
‘archive 09-10’ rounds up old demos, swapped mp3s, and vinyl-only releases that have become part of his sets over the years, increasingly sought after throughout the decade.
“Thank you to everyone who’s ever asked me about this music or run it up on YouTube,” he said. “Today I turned 37 and was 21 when ‘Hyph’ came out, I can honestly say I had no idea that would be the start of a ‘career’ that even now I still feel in the early stages of.”
He added: “sometimes it’s ok to look back, but keep your ears peeled for what’s coming next”.
Listen to ‘archive 09-10’ below, or find it here.
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Written by: Tim Hopkins