MLO (or Music of Life Orchestra) is a project of Jon Tye & Peter Smith who met in London, UK. It had a fairly short lifespan, from 1993 to 1997 or thereabouts. After the release of their third album Plastic Apple, things stalled as Tye spent more time working on his solo project Twisted Science.
One of the overly neglected but generally solid full-lengths from the ambient-house generation, Plastic Apple reveals influences from a range of sources. From the hip-hop lilt of the opener "DJ Food's Sonic Soup" to the tongue in cheek naturalism of the closer "Birds 'N' Flutes 'N' Shit," Tye and Smith reveal their sense of humor over a set of slightly chilled, completely inventive electronics.
Guitarist/leader Bill Nelson has always had his head in a space that's defined by the 1950s World's Fair idea of the future - a world of monorails and strange machines. This is particularly evident here, with Nelson's affection for Japan competing for space with paeans to electrical communication. At times charming and even romantic, at other times outré, Drastic Plastic marked the end of the band and hinted at Nelson's musical experiments to come.