Electronic pioneers Rick Smith and Karl Hyde announce the conclusion of their groundbreaking fifty-two week DRIFT series: a new double A side single, a new album and their biggest ever live headline shows.
To be released on October 25th 2019, Underworld’s new album DRIFT SONGS marks the conclusion of their hugely ambitious 52-week DRIFT Series. During that period, music, film and text pieces are created and published every Thursday as part of the band’s on-going, very public recording process; a unique and visionary space Rick Smith and Karl Hyde have created for themselves to exist within. By the end of the DRIFT series, more new music and film will have been released by Underworld in its one-year duration than in the last fifteen years.
DRIFT SONGS expands and enhances a selection of the recordings the duo have released since they began their audio/visual experiment in November 2018. The album will be released as a single CD, double vinyl and crucially an all-encompassing box-set featuring the music, visuals and text pieces that were released throughout the entire 52-week duration of DRIFT.
Today, Underworld release Listen To Their No – the first track from DRIFT Episode 4. Previous DRIFT tracks have featured collaborations with producer Ø [Phase] and Australian experimental trio The Necks.
Earlier this week, Underworld released Soniamode (Aditya Game Version) – which is online everywhere now and is an extended and reframed version of a track originally released as part of DRIFT Episode 2: ATOM. This new version features additional lyrics from UK writer Aditya Chakrabortty – read about the making of and the ideas behind that track here.
DRIFT SONGS is Underworld’s first album release since 2016’s Grammy nominated LP Barbara, Barbara we face a shining future (“an album full of heart, soul and brilliant noise” The Observer) and the first physically released music since 2018’s Q award winning collaboration with Iggy Pop, Teatime Dub Encounters (“Born of the friction from a restless need to create… others of their standing may choose the wallowing legacy of safety. These guys do not.” NME).