Underworld: _beta 25.04.2019

Episode 3

“Did you wake up in the place you wanted?… or are you missing something?”

Wake up to a galloping rhythm track and the rumble of percussion that sounds like the stars exploding overhead; drums as peals of thunder, as portents, as liberation and elevation.

This is the best place.

If you likeDownpipe, Spoonman, Moaner, Threat of Rain, Kittens, Dogman Go Woof… then Pinetum belongs to you.

World of Underworld playlist: bigroombangersandstadiumtechnoman.

“Do you wanna buy my car?”

An electragliding city groove built on a sun-bleached low-rise bassline; the sound of a teeming high altitude metropolis heard from an open car window…

“La Dusseldorf’s unwritten love letter to Essex, podium dancers, solorised cities, markers by the side of the road as the migrant sons & daughters of Wales come home” – (Karl)

“Clouds…..Light…..Stone…..Trees”

If you likeMo Move, Soniamode, Dark & Long (Dark Train), Cool Kids of Death (Underworld Mix), Air Towel, Cups (Salt City Orchestra Vertical Bacon Vocal Mix), Beautiful Burnout…then This Must Be Drum Street belongs to you.

“From the gutter to the stars, you look up into the pale light of an underground train…”

Custard Speedtalk is here; Spring has arrived.

If you like8 Ball, Get Your Shirt, Caliban’s Dream, Ballet Lane, Dune… then Custard Speedtalk belongs to you.

World of Underworld Playlist: Balearicbeatsandchugginghouseman

The DRIFT Series continues tonight with Dune – a hyperspace soul song and a beautifully horizontal slice of life observation that eavesdrops on quiet lives lived in a place where, “they’re digging up the roads, making houses, not roads to join them together”.

Every morning I heard her singing in the shower, oblivious to the world, totally lost in some happy place she never seemed to find anywhere else… – Karl

 

Dune is also available to stream and download everywhere, right now…

World of Underworld Playlist: Ambientballardsandelectronicfolkman

Episode 2 Sleeve notes

A minimalist, hypnotic small hours glide; a techno pulse wound tightly around a daydream vocal that ultimately unfolds into an ambient coda (reminiscent of Rez) that seems to make the whole track – and the listener – levitate. It is beautifully, uniquely, undoubtedly Underworld.

Appleshine features a new film by Simon Taylor, and Georgia and Lewis from Black Country, New Road on violin and flute respectively. The intro of the track was originally published online when Underworld headlined the BBC Biggest Weekend in Belfast last year – this is the first time the full track has been made available.

Molehill is something of an unexpected gear change. A gleaming cascade of piano, guitar and wordless choral voices, based on a live recording Rick and Karl made together at their Essex studio. Molehill is a gorgeous spiral of a song to truly loose yourself inside.

Molehill is accompanied by a new film by Simon Taylor of Tomato, watch it below.

Threat of Rain builds from a murky locked techno groove and a looped refrain of “I’m good, I’m good… I’m alright” into an orchestra of analogue noise that swells and surges and at times obliterates everything around it, which, with the accompanying film by Tomato’s Simon Taylor and Rick Smith, looks and sounds like a lost recording of a musique concrète symposium being broadcast from the DJ booth of the Omen.

Almost impossibly beautiful music pulled together from what should be incongruous parts. Europe’s endless motorways stretching into the night, broadcast live from Essex. Unpredictable, unique. Underworld.

David Bowie’s LOW was the first record that made me realise that a singer can stand at the back as well as the front of the band. Rick was ahead of me in his vision for the dubnobasswithmyheadman album and he’s done it again with Brussels. Twenty-four hours before this release it was one of a pile of unfinished pieces ‘not’ scheduled to come out. Simon Taylor filmed his route home that evening as he travelled down the motorway – some of this footage inevitably found its way into the conversation. Working back and forth with sound and image is how we’re developing the DRIFT Series, Rick weaving and stitching grooves, melody and words together; drawing parts from disparate songs to create a piece of music that shocked me. Twenty four hours ago, this journey through the edge of night didn’t exist. Karl

A voice chants with the innocent menace of a 50’s playground rhyme, carried along by the tumbling celebration of a brass band playing Glitch as it hot steps through the streets of New Orleans.

Louisiana on my honeymoon in 1987. April Fools’ day in Essex 2015. Last Sunday in my studio. Last Monday Karl in his studio. Tuesday morning in my studio. Tuesday afternoon uploaded the track. Is this one finished…? No but it’s coming out anyway… I wonder if Sons Of Kemet would collaborate on a version with us? Have you ever watched Treme? Rick

One of a series of collaborations between Underworld and Australian experimental trio The Necks. Recorded in a single take during two days of improvising at AIR Studios, Appleshine Continuum takes Underworld’s original version of Appleshine (Ep.2 Pt.1) as its starting point and quickly takes flight, only returning to Earth’s atmosphere after 47 mesmerising minutes…

Episode 1

Kicking-off with their feet firmly in their world of live dance music, Another Silent Way is uniquely and unmistakably Underworld, all thunderous drums, relentless acid lines and cyclone vocals, soundtracking a film made in collaboration with the UK drift racing community and Tomato and shot entirely at the Rockingham Speedway in Corby in summer 2018.

Low Between Zebras (featuring the voice of Matthew Trevannion), is Episode 1 Part 3 of Underworld’s DRIFT Series. The film, by Underworld and Mollie Gallagher, draws inspiration from stories gathered through the Manchester Street Poem project in 2017 and its release coincided with Rick & Karl’s participation in a new MSP installation at the International Arts & Homelessness Festival.

The original brief for the film was inspired by a story I heard from a lady who had begged on the street and how she had watched the world every day from low down to the ground. How legs & feet moving around & past her, always ‘going somewhere’, reinforced her own feelings of going nowhere. Karl Hyde

Low Between Zebras is Underworld for the other small hours – for those quiet times when the dawn breaks and the road seems endlessly inviting.

Arriving on a minimalist electronic glide, Universe of Can When Back builds from a restless lyrical drift to a hypnotic call to action that’s ushered in over unexpected sparks of unhinged saxophone (played by Lewis Evans).

The new film that accompanies it, by tomato’s Simon Taylor, uses clips of Karl Hyde writing furiously in his daily process of gathering words for Underworld, mixed with images shot while on a road trip in Tokyo.

A Very Silent Way is Ep. 1, Pt. 5 of Underworld’s DRIFT Series. The track improvised in collaboration with The Necks soundtracks a film by tomato’s Simon Taylor using film and stills shot during a two-day recording session at AIR Lyndhurst Hall earlier this year.

Karl and I spent two glorious days with The Necks at AIR studios in London exploring long improvisations based on our music for Drift and I had the time of my life with these incredibly talented, beautiful people. This initial release represents just a small part of that body of work. Rick

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