Underworld made a phenomenal record with Iggy Pop. We had one shot at an interview. Q were gracious enough to take it, resulting in Underworld‘s first Q cover (possibly Iggy’s too?). Couldn’t be prouder.
“Welcome to a world in which beans or spaghetti or perhaps even pineapple are sealed in unopened cans like some kooky version of Schrodinger’s cat experiment, but at least the labels clearly state, “May contain beans or spaghetti or perhaps even pineapple”. Welcome to the World of Underworld” Electronic Sound
Underworld talk with Electronic Sound magazine about past, present and shining future and map out the geography of their ongoing, ever-growing World of Underworld project.
The first reviews of Underworld‘s Barbara, Barbara we face a shining future are in. More to come very soon.
“Rich in possibilities… Born again.” Q
“Recharged… It’s elemental Underworld… their most generous work in years.” Mojo
“Their best since 1999’s Beaucoup Fish.” Uncut
“Hypnotic, weird and wise.” GQ
“Vintage Underworld.” Mixmag
It’s fair to say that Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future finds Underworld creatively reborn. Its seven tracks are fleet-footed, raw and spontaneous – a direct result of a strict working process in the studio that saw the band (Rick Smith and Karl Hyde) write entirely new music each time they met. That process has helped produce an album that stands alongside the recently reissued classics dubnobasswithmyheadman and Second Toughest In The Infants.
So what can one expect from that shining future then? The opening punch of a two-note detuned bass riff crunching over relentless percussion; the elegiac swoop of strings as they stretching out across off-world electronics; a demented lupine howl that curls itself into an unshakeable earworm; celestial techno and South American acoustics; voices that warp into harmonic riffs; found lyrics that form fine-tuned monologues; head music to dance to… and the best Underworld record in years.
Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future is released in March.
“Acclaimed at the time as the most important album since the Stone Roses’ debut, dubnobasswithmyheadman is no less singular and compelling 20 years later… the album sounds like a city talking to itself after dark.” The Guardian
“A revolutionary record.” The Quietus
“Underworld didn’t fulfil a niche, they created one.” GQ
“Dance music’s dirtiest epic.” Uncut 9/10
“Dance music utterly unlike any other dance music.” Mojo