Electronic pioneers Rick Smith and Karl Hyde announce the conclusion of their groundbreaking fifty-two week DRIFT series: a new single, a new album and their biggest ever live headline shows.
Following a summer of headline slots at festivals including Sonar, Latitude, Roskilde, Down The Rabbit Hole, Rock Werchter, Lollapalooza and Vivid (where they play a four-night run at the Sydney Opera House), Underworld play on November 22nd at Antwerp, Lotto Arena, Saturday November 23 at Amsterdam, Ziggo DomeandSaturday December 7 at London, Wembley Arena.
These shows will continue innovations tried and tested at their sold out 2017 Alexandra Palace show where Underworld provide live music from doors to close.
Released on October 25th 2019, the 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 Smith and 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 released throughout the entire 52-week DRIFT.
Underworld release Soniamode (Aditya Game Version) – an extended and reframed version of a track originally released as part of DRIFT Episode 2: ATOM. This new version features additional lyrics from writer Aditya Chakrabortty Previous DRIFT tracks have featured collaborations with producer Ø [Phase] and Australian experimental trio The Necks Soniamode (Aditya Game Version) is online everywhere now.
DRIFT SONGS is Underworld’s first album release since 2016’s Barbara, Barbara we face a shining future and the first physically released music since 2018’s Q award winning collaboration with Iggy Pop, Teatime Dub Encounters.
Underworld are Rick Smith and Karl Hyde.