Last year saw Underworld launch Drift, an ambitious, year-long multimedia project featuring the weekly release of new music, visual, and text pieces. As it draws to a close, the English duo of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith is celebrating with a new album. Update: The album, DRIFT Series 1, is due out on November 1st.
The forthcoming effort “expands and enhances a selection of the recordings” from the epic Drift project, which over the course of 52 weeks resulted in more new music than Underworld have put out in the last 15 years. Drift Series 1 will be available in CD and double vinyl formats, as well as a comprehensive box set collecting every piece of media dropped as part of the Drift project.
To preview the new album, the veteran electronic outfit has shared a double A-side single comprised of “Listen to Their No”, which fans may recognize from Drift project episode 4, and “Soniamode”. The latter is a new version of a track originally released with Drift project episode 2 and features additional lyrics from Aditya Chakrabortty.
Listen in below.
DRIFT Series 1 follows 2016’s Grammy-nominated Barbara, Barbara, We Face a Shining Future and 2017’s collaborative record with Iggy Pop, Teatime Dub Encounters. Pre-orders have begun on the band’s website.
Check out a video announcing the album:
Drift Songs Artwork:
Underworld 2019 Tour Dates:
05/19 – Ibiza, ES @ Cocoon 20
05/31-06/03 – Sydney, AU @ Vivid LIVE
06/08 – Yongin, SK @ Ultra
06/30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/05 – Roskilde, DE @ Roskilde
07/06 – Beuningen, NL @ Down the Rabbit Hole
07/12-14 – Montmelo, ES @ Doctor Music Festival
07/15 – Tronheim, NO @ Pstereo 2019
07/19 – Barcelona, ES @ Sonar Festival
07/20 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude
07/27 – Salacgriva, LV @ Positivus Festival
08/07 – Viana de Castelo, PT @ Neopop
09/07 – Berlin, DE @ Lollapalooza
11/19 – Antwerp, BE @ Lotto Arena
11/23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
12/19 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena