From breaching the mainstream broadsheet media (who are all too fond of playing safe, especially when it comes to club culture) to upsetting a handful of Americans over his choice of moniker, there is little denying that it has been a meretricious rise for Joy Orbison since he first unleashed debut single ‘Hyph Mngo’ on a largely unsuspecting public in Autumn last year. Having been typecast as a mere dubstep artist and producer, tonight in a heaving nightclub he proves he is anything but the lead figure in a scene that has now become the choice soundtrack for wannabe-hip middle class dinner parties – to label him as so would be a disservice; Joy Orbison deserves to be known for far more than that. One minute skittering beats are being slowly introduced to slow ethereal ambience, only for a heavy, reverberating, spleen-splitting low end bass line to come riding over the top and carry it all off into another direction. During the course of the set a cross selection of two-step, techno and a whole heap of other subgenres are touched upon, forced into a hard-hitting concoction and then fired out of the speakers at a bone shuddering level. For once the praise is justified.
By Nathan Westley
Originally published in issue 16 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. April 2010