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Underworld were probably the people who initially really turned me on to electronic music in a serious way. Both 'Dubnobasswithmyheadman' and 'Second Toughest In The Infants' are triumphs of what can be done musically within the constraint of electronic music. Deep, technical albums. The many supporting EPs that were released along side them were huge, significant remixes - many of which could have served as the main body of work for any other artist. 'Beaucoup Fish' released in '98 and was a more dance floor orientated album. Rhythmically and tonally a departure from the earlier material but still very much recognisable. Many tracks being a twist on straight techno. I enjoy a lot of BF, 'King Of Snake' being clearly my favourite track. It's not as intimate or complex as the earlier stuff, but it's not intended to be. Somewhere around 2000 they released a live compilation album/DVD 'Everything, Everything'. Stunning performances, and just a fantastic package of visual art and music. I've seen Underworld live a couple of times, and this is one of the few live recordings that I think actually does the work justice. Everyone should listen to this, I can't recommend it enough And then, something seems to go wrong. 'A Hundred Days Off', 'Oblivion With Bells', 'Barking', 'Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future' are all tripe in my opinion. Soulless, shitty house music. Embarrassing actually. Listening to an old man mumble of cheesy house beats with super cold production. 4/4 modern, rubbery beats and just musically super uninteresting. Bland is the word I would use. They all sound like fucking Calvin Harris covers to me. Not what veterans of the industry should be involved with. There's a line 'Crocodile' that really exemplifies this for me, and it's something along the lines of "blood on a tissue on the floor of a train". It's like a parody of an underworld line. It's too on the nose, too straight. Too fucking juvenile if you ask me. That line was what really struck my ear. Not only does its attempt at layering fall flat, it sounds awkward and clumsy. There's many other examples of this (like 'Hamburg Hotel' being a joke at the cisterns expense) It's a legacy fucking ruined in my opinion. What went wrong? Am I missing something? Does anyone here actually think any of their later albums have any artistic merit?
So it appears Underworld are releasing a series of digital-only weekly singles. The first, 'Another Silent Way', is labelled (Film Edit), which suggests we may be getting a 'proper' release of these later on. Meanwhile, this is a fucking banger, UW do acid for the first time in 25 years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYgY6ou-xTk
Available on Super Deluxe 4CD bundle, Deluxe 2CD bundle,Vinyl bundle & CD, as well as an album or artwork t-shirt and a selection of original art prints. Released on 20th November 2015. Super Deluxe 4 CD Tracklisting CD1 1. Juanita: Kiteless: To Dream Of Love 2. Banstyle / Sappys Curry 3. Confusion the Waitress 4. Rowla 5. Pearl’s Girl 6. Air Towel 7. Blueski 8. Stagger CD2: singles, B sides, remixes 1. Cherry Pie 2. Oich Oich 3. Puppies 4. Mosaic 5. Deep Arch 6. Pearl’s Girl (Tin There) 7. Pearl’s Girl (14996 Version) 8. Born Slippy (Original Instrumental Version) 9. Born Slippy.Nuxx (Deep Pan) CD3: previously unreleased material 1. Bug 2. Confusion The Waitress (She Said) 3. D+B Thing 4. D’Arbly St 5. 4 Crowns 6. Rowla A1806 7. Bing Here 8. Techno Thang 9. Pearls Ver2 10. Bloody 1 CD4: Born Slippy (Nuxx) – previously unreleased demos, live recordings, mixes 1. Nuxx A1796 2. Nuxx A2221 UW live (2 sets) Leicester M Dog 94 3. Nuxx A4712 Live @ Zap club Brighton Feb94 4. Nuxx A4733 UW live Amsterdam Apr94 5. Nuxx Liquid Room 94 A2254 UW Live Liquid Room 2 Tokyo 6. Nuxx from A1825 7. Born Slippy (Nuxx) Info from Underworldlive.com. It's a bit pricy but hmv appear to have the same 4CD box for £28 (minus the t-shirt).