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  • Summary: The 15th full-length studio release for the British ambient house duo features contributions from Brother Culture, Andy Cain, Hollie Cook, Roger Eno, Gaudi, Emma Gillespie, Mary Pearce, Guy Pratt, Michael Rendall, Rianna, Roney FM, Jah Wobble, and Youth.
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  1. Jun 25, 2018
    No matter who gets credit, No Sounds is one bold and fascinating album. Nothing is on autopilot and even the slow, quiet passages are far from boring.
  2. Q Magazine
    Jun 21, 2018
    The latest outing re-establishes them as sculptors of heavy-but-humourous CD-length aural odysseys. [Summer 2018, p.113]
  3. Jun 21, 2018
    If not the most focused entry in the project's storied discography, it's a delightfully wide angled glance at what the Orb still have brewing and perhaps a projection of a vital new period of experimentation.
  4. Jun 21, 2018
    No Sounds ends up seeming a bit scattered, even by the Orb's standards, but it's still plenty enjoyable, and enough to distract you from the nightmarish absurdity of current events.
  5. Jun 21, 2018
    The Orb have long made a virtue out of following their own path, and there are still times in No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds where this pays dividends, but there are also sections where they merely retread old ground with diminishing returns, making this an only half-satisfying LP.
  6. Jun 22, 2018
    Overall it’s a baggy mixed bag of dub grooves and warmed-over house beats, dominated by an exhausting tower of babbling dialogue samples that, like No Sounds itself, rarely have much to say.
  7. Jul 9, 2018
    No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds, with its stylistic and thematic missteps, too often shakes us out of this trademark groove.
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