For a while, William Orbit just seemed to be everywhere. Comfortably among the most influential producers worldwide, he was working with Madonna, All Saints, Pet Shop Boys, and many more.
His career started out with the trio Torch Song, who saw heavy underground success in the mid-1980s. In 1993, they reappeared with a final album Toward the Unknown Region, which included the brilliant Shine on Me:
He famously launched Beth Orton‘s career with this, the sublime Water from a Vine Leaf:
But this was the moment where he really became a household name – in 1995, he recorded Pieces in a Modern Style, which was briefly released and then quickly pulled due to copyright issues. Five years later, it reappeared, heralded by this brilliant Ferry Corsten remix of Samuel Barber‘s Adagio for Strings:
So let’s give respect where it’s due, to the brilliant stowaway hero William Orbit.