JOY ORBISON Releases new single ‘pinky ring’

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Photo credit: Aliyah Otchere

On ‘pinky ring‘ – out now via XL Recordings / Remote Control Records – London artist, producer and DJ Peter O’Grady aka Joy Orbison delivers one of his most dancefloor-focussed tracks in recent times. While his hugely acclaimed 2021 mixtape still slipping vol. 1 (named Album of the Year at the 2021 DJ Mag Awards) brilliantly explored Joy Orbison’s wide-ranging sounds and influences away from the dancefloor, ‘pinky ring‘ is inspired by the energy he’s felt since returning to DJing.

It’s a track created with the dancefloor firmly in mind, whether that’s Joy Orbison’s own free London Just For You parties, his forthcoming still slipping event with Cav Empt at Ministry Of Sound (featuring a personally curated line-up that includes James Massiah, Rosa Pistola, Geeneus w/Tippa, Felix Hall, Lady Passion, Tia Cousins and more) or club and festival events across the globe. A companion to 2021’s ‘red velve7‘ single, ‘pinky ring‘ is already a key peak time track in Joy Orbison and Overmono DJ sets.

Joy Orbison – ‘pinky ring’ (Official Audio)
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Praise for Joy Orbison – still slipping vol. 1

“Rarely is electronic music so utterly human as on Still Slipping” – Pitchfork
“One of the greatest producers in UK dance music.” – Resident Advisor 
“If there was going to be one mixtape we all needed to hear in 2021, it would probably be Joy Orbison’s debut, Still Slipping Vol.1, an aural assimilation of the best of British bass culture.”
– Loud & Quiet 

“A Joy Orbison full-length, whether you call it a mixtape or an album, has to be among the most hotly-anticipated ideas in UK dance music writ large.” – Resident Advisor 
“Already sounding like one of the albums of the year” – Mixmag
“The second you just change the language to mixtape,” a woman’s voice deadpans at the end of sparko, “nobody cares”. It’s a droll bit of irony for a record crafted with such care. still slipping is anything but thrown together – in fact, it’s hard to imagine a more holistically conceived set of tracks. This is a body of work that definitely deserves to be taken seriously.” – CRACK Magazine
“One of the most quietly moving dance music records of the year” – Pitchfork 
“To diehard UK clubgoers, a full-length project is something people didn’t necessarily expect or need to hear from Joy Orbison. This is the man behind ‘Ellipsis’, ‘GR Etiquette’ and ‘Hyph Mngo’, for god’s sake. By ignoring all rules and blending UK garage, UK funky, house and dubstep, his impact upon dancefloors is already written. No, with Still Slipping Vol. 1, O’Grady is letting us know: this is something new.” – The Quietus
“A long-awaited, essential debut” – DJ Mag
“His boldest and most intimate productions to date” – Wire Magazine

About Joy Orbison

In August 2021 year, Peter O’Grady aka Joy Orbison released his long-awaited debut longform project still slipping vol.1, the latest creative milestone from an artist who’s been shaping and redefining dance music since his teens. To say the record was highly anticipated would be an understatement: so influential have been his releases over the last decade that it’s hard to believe that still slipping was his first full length record. Released to huge acclaim  still slipping vol. 1 is widely regarded as one of the best electronic records in recent years, winning Album of the Year at the 2021 DJ Mag Awards while his music featured in a host of end of year Best Of lists including PitchforkCrackThe QuietusResident AdvisorClash and more.

First coming to prominence in 2009 with his debut single ‘Hyph Mngo‘ – a track that became a bonafide phenomenon and changed the dance music underground forever – the London musician, DJ and producer is undoubtedly one of the most renowned, respected and influential electronic artists of his generation. Whether through his own game-changing releases such as ‘Ellipsis‘, ‘GR Etiquette‘, ‘Big Room Tech House DJ Tool-TIP!‘ or the Slipping EP, collaborations with the likes of Mansur BrownOvermono and cutting edge Japanese clothing label Cav Empt, a run of genre-defining releases on his Hinge Finger label, a BBC Radio 1 residency, Grand Theft Auto radio station or live appearances that span the most credible underground nights to festival headline slots around the world, the name Joy Orbison has been a constant byword for understated, uncompromising quality.

After rounding off 2021 with the acclaimed ‘red velve7‘ single, 2022 is set to be another defining year for Joy Orbison with a host of new music on the way. Meanwhile, his monthly London party Just For You launched in January with queues around the block, while April will see him take over the legendary Ministry Of Sound venue for a one-off hometown party. He’s also set to be a key name at festivals around the globe including Junction 2NOS PrimaveraMeltParklifeSonarDour and All Points East.

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