British dance music pioneers, Underworld, have a new album and new tour dates on the way.
Since November 2018 the band—comprised of members Karl Hyde and Rick Smith—have engaged in what they’ve called the Drift series. This is an innovative audio-visual experiment through which they’ve planned to release new material every week for a year. They have put out new music, music videos, and even text pieces as a part of the project.
Their new album, Drift Songs, will be released at the conclusion of the project during the last week of the cycle on October 25, 2019. The album itself will expand on music the duo has released throughout these past few months, with the first official single being a retelling of “Soniamode,” a song of the second episode of the Drift series. In the description for the original as a part of the larger series, Smith wrote:
“Is this one finished…? No but it’s coming out anyway.”
The single is entitled “Soniamode” (Aditya Game Version), and it can be presumed the track is now finished. This new version almost doubles the length of the original to a more familiar runtime for dance tracks (over six minutes) and gives the gritty synths more room to breathe alongside the casual spirit of the vocals.
Coinciding with their biggest musical and visual project across their decades-long career, Smith and Hyde have announced their biggest headlining shows to date in support of this album. Together they will perform at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, and The Wembley Arena in London. These shows will not feature any opening acts either. Underworld will perform music from doors to closing similar to their show at Alexandra Palace back in 2017.
Underworld have returned with a new song to continue their Drift series, launching its second installment with “Appleshine.” The duo—who with their formation in 1980 were one of the first to explore electronic music—haven’t lost any talent along their extensive journey, with this 10-minute opus standing as a reminder.
Industrial and technical elements in “Appleshine” together create an emotive movement of music. Paired with a partnering video, the new track is the first piece of episode two ofDrift, whose six-piece first offering was released in 2018. Throughout this episode, viewers learn its backstory.
“On that journey, Karl and Rick stopped at a pig shed in Essex; Rockingham Speedway; a hotel room in Reykjavik; AIR studios and a series of tiny club shows in Amsterdam, Manchester and London. Each of those stop off points helped influence the creation of DRIFT Episode 1 & 2.”
ICYMI, the punk and dance deities Iggy Pop and Underworld have crossed paths for a collaborative EP.
Teatime Dub Encounters is out on July 27, and so far the paring have released three tracks off the album.
Iggy Pop’s done kitschy spoken word poetry about “the good ol’ days,” gone to great lengths to speak about friendship, and its effect on him, but now it’s Underworld’s turn to shine. With very few words from Iggy Pop, and some actual singing this time around, the two’s new track “Get Your Shirt” is a blissful invitation to the dance floor. Described in a press release as a “lament to bad decisions, regrettable rips-offs, presidential flirts, and unlovable jerks,” “Get Your Shirt” feels like an invitation into an apocalyptic wasteland and a warped world that is seemingly impossible to escape.
Iggy Pop does. Here’s a list of other things the former Stooges wildman and the brains behind seminal songs like “Lust For Life,” “Real Wild Child (Wild One),” and “The Passenger” remembers: snorting cocaine off tray tables, picking up stewardesses, and, he sings matter of factly, losing the number of the stewardesses he snorted said large quantity of cocaine for in the first place.
Basically, Iggy Pop’s punk as shit and his new stream-of-consciousness Underworld collaboration, a severely punk electronic crossover, points to this imperative truth.
Having recently collaborated with Oneohtrix Point Never on Good Time’s “The Pure And The Damned,” comes Iggy Pop’s second new electronic coalescence. This time, Iggy’s joined forces with the underground English producers Underworld — best known for their hard-hitter “Born Slippy (Nuxx)” — on “Bells & Circles,” which rides on an extensive spoken-word bit from Iggy about the good halcyon days of air travel.
Underworld, who began their career playing punk and new wave, contributes menacing breakbeats that would send shivers down Boys Noize‘s spine. Clocking in just under eight minutes, “Bells & Circles” is a collaboration made in heavy-hitting heaven. Apparently, the track was dreamt up during an afternoon tea encounter, at least according to a press release, but as the track swells, and it becomes clearer the track will see out plentiful playtime on the dance floor, we’re more and more curious what dinner and drinks could mean for these underground passengers.
As the countdown to festival season continues, Tomorrowland has been gradually releasing the names that will grace the stages of one of the world’s most celebrated festivals. Along with the January announcements that brought on artists like Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Prydz, the Belgian festival has announced the addition of nearly 20 more artists to kick off February.