Peter O’Grady akaJoy Orbison officially releases ‘archive 09-10’, some of his most sought after early work.
Widely recognised as an artist who’s been shaping and redefining dance music since his teens, with the likes of “Hyph Mngo” and his acclaimed 2021 debut longform project still slipping vol.1, Joy Orbison has released a string of highly-sought after tracks that heralded his explosive introduction around 2009 and 2010; a selection of demos, swapped mp3s and vinyl-only releases that have only gained in status and notoriety over the years.
The new release compiles five of Joy Orbison’s key early moments – “tentative bidding demo”, “smother demo”, “ladywell”, “em & aitch” and “gr etiquette” – making them available on all digital platforms for the very first time.
Speaking on IG, Joy O states: “I was a post boy for a music publisher in Soho at the time. I spent my days in the basement shirking work and planning trips to record shops. most evenings (when i was supposed to stay late and man the phones) i’d be watching the cctv waiting for my boss to go home. as soon as i saw him leave i’d leg it to the tube so i could make the train to my mate Kav’s house. Kav had a bit of a bedroom studio (brudio) set up and he’d let me work on my ideas while he sat on his bed and ate KFC / perused computer music mag. i made a bunch of music around this time between the brudio and my bedroom setup at my parents house.
“I was and still am useless at backing up but we managed to remaster a few bits from that era. mostly mp3’s i’d sent to DJ’s and friends around that time. i’m about to turn 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. thank you to everyone who’s ever asked me about this music or run it up on youtube. sometimes it’s ok to look back, but keep your ears peeled for what’s coming next.”