UK techno icons Orbital spent the first part of 2022 celebrating their 30th anniversary with a retrospective box set, and now they're looking forward, announcing new album Optical Delusion which will be out February 17. The album features guests on every track, including Penelope Isles, Anna B Savage, The Little Pest, Dina Ipavic, Coppe, and The Mediaeval Baebes.
The first single from the album is a collaboration with Sleaford Mods, "Dirty Rat." Orbital's Paul and Phil Hartnoll worked with the Mods' Andrew Fearn on the backing while Jason Williamson provides his signature bilous screed, taking aim at the current mess that is UK politics: "People talk about the right way to live / Shut up you don’t know what ya on about / You voted for em, look at ya! You dirty rat."