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Surreal Carnival

Underworld‘s sold out Alexandra Palace gig (aka the Surreal Carnival Experiment) was gloriously documented over eight pages in Electronic Sound magazine recently. Next up from Smith and Hyde – Karl’s play at the MiF and the weeklong immersive free event Manchester Street Poem.

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Born Again

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

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Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future

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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.

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Underworld Vs. Heller & Farley

Baby Wants to Ride is available now. All money to the Frankie Knuckles Fund (part of the Elton John Aids Foundation).

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Underworld

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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

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