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Arriving a full decade after his last LP (2011’s ‘To The Point’), ‘Origins’ – releasing Oct 1, is the third album from UK artist Rob ‘Activa’ Stevenson.

ed to be – at times becoming a near caricature of itself”. Hence, Rob allowed nothing of that nature to dilute or pollute this singularly heritage-focussed album. Imagine perhaps a long-player with all of PvD’s punch, Sasha’s savvy, Ferry’s feel and Armin’s acumen, which has lain unheard – almost time-capsule-like – to this day. If you can, well you’re not a million miles from ‘Origins’.

Over the course of the year Activa’s lit a trail to the album, which has run through spring, summer and into the autumn. It’s already delivered us instrumental brilliance like ‘Polestar’ & ‘Into Pieces’, and spellbinding vocal numbers including the ‘Return To Life’, ‘Fall In’ and its current single, ‘Stranger’ w/Jennifer Rene.

While Rob shares the stage with many a singer, ‘Origins’ is as notable for being largely absent of co-producers. Across its 15 tracks, only Orkidea, Rolo Green and John Dopping make appearances, and that’s something Rob ascribes to the nature of the release. “To have had many other co-production hands on something this personal”, he says, didn’t make much sense to me” So that side of things has been kept tight. That has opened the gateway to instrumental cuts like ‘Fade From View’, ‘Anamara’ and ‘Journey Home’ – ones that, had they been produced back in the day, would’ve long since have passed onto classic status.

Just don’t call this ‘a redemption arc’, quips Rob. It just a right place, right time, but above all a right skill-set opportunity to address a few early production wrongs!” he concludes.

‘Origins’, Activa’s 10-years-in-the-waiting third artist album, is available now to buy (on CD, vinyl & download) or stream here (https://blackhole.lnk.to/origins).

Activa – ‘Origins’ tracklist:

01. Activa – For Emily
02. Activa & Lo – Leave A Light On
03. Activa & Rolo Green featuring Julie Harrington – Reach Out
04. Activa & Orkidea – Z21 (Activa’s ‘Origins’ Mix)
05. Activa – Let Them Know
06. Activa – Fade From View
07. Activa & Shelley Segal – Fall In
08. Activa – Journey Home
09. Activa – Anamara
10. Activa & Shannon Hurley – Return To Life
11. Activa – Into Pieces
12. Activa & John Dopping – A Future Memory (Activa’s ‘Origins’ Mix)
13. Activa – Polestar
14. Activa & Jennifer Rene – Stranger
15. Activa – Epilogue [Outro]



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