Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future (Coming March 18, 2016)

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Because I don't want this to be confined to the bottom of a classic or dud thread!

Some samples here:
http://www.underworldlive.com/news/2015/11/shiningfuture/

Tracklisting:
1. I Exhale
2. If Rah
3. Low Burn
4. Santiago Cuatro
5. Motorhome
6. Ova Nova
7. Nylon Strung

Who's excited??

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 December 2015 22:29 (two years ago) Permalink

i cannot wait

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 December 2015 22:52 (two years ago) Permalink

the preview they released sounds really different for them https://soundcloud.com/underworld/underworld-shining-future-part-1

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 December 2015 22:54 (two years ago) Permalink

any eno influence?

akm, Tuesday, 8 December 2015 23:22 (two years ago) Permalink

The entire process was Eno influenced. This quote from Karl basically sounds like a deck of Oblique Strategies.

"Deliberately I’d sometimes load the car up with instruments, but with guitars and string instruments that were not my favorites to start off with. They’d be things that were either difficult to play or I’d think, “There is no way this guitar could possibly make it to an Underworld record. I’ll take that one then,” or, “I’ll start working with that one because it’ll make me play differently.” Everything I did was to trip myself up and stop me thinking about anything we’d done before or anything that was appropriate for an Underworld record."

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/6785862/underworld-new-album-barbara-we-face-a-shining-future-interview

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 01:31 (two years ago) Permalink

gave it a listen, sounds like... well like a more underworld-y version of the eno/hyde records. pretty good, anticipating. (I like the eno/hyde records a ton)

akm, Wednesday, 9 December 2015 01:36 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

some discussion about this in another thread

here's the video - not recommended for epileptics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4izZYfo58-E

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:44 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYSUltr5R7Y

groovypanda, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 14:04 (two years ago) Permalink

there was a second preview up on Spotify, but it looks like it's been taken down, for now...

frogbs, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 14:24 (two years ago) Permalink

I am unreasonably happy about them putting out an album that sounds like they're covering Stereo MCs

its subtle brume (DJP), Friday, 19 February 2016 14:10 (two years ago) Permalink

they played most of the album at the 6 Music festival which streamed on the BBC's website. I've avoided it thus far but several long-time fans have said the new stuff is good

pretty excited by these previews. they sound like a totally different band.

frogbs, Friday, 19 February 2016 14:30 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM3nOeRyshs

groovypanda, Friday, 26 February 2016 18:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Listening to this now. (It's out there.) So far it's...not what I listen to Underworld for. The first two tracks sound like that Von Südenfed album Mark E. Smith did with the Mouse on Mars guys - random wordspew atop uninteresting electronics. The rest is mostly wispy half-ambient stuff. On first listen I'm not a fan. But I'll give it another chance; maybe it'll sound better on the train in the morning.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 28 February 2016 17:10 (two years ago) Permalink

A friend has just texted me to tell me that "I Exhale" sounds like "Hit the North".

djh, Saturday, 5 March 2016 21:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Whoa that was my impression too, I'm getting serious Fall vibes from this record, Code: Selfish or Marshall Suite

Brakhage, Sunday, 6 March 2016 00:14 (two years ago) Permalink

I love it, great record.

akm, Sunday, 6 March 2016 00:52 (two years ago) Permalink

They do sound like a totally different band.

(My predictive text responded 'They do sound like' with 'Morrissey', um, no.)

Mark G, Monday, 7 March 2016 20:58 (two years ago) Permalink

I have been listening to their back catalogue all day AND i just found out they are playing in NYC next month and my dude and I are gonna go and I am already FLIPPING OUT

police patrol felt the smell of smoke and found that goat burns (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 7 March 2016 21:26 (two years ago) Permalink

they are ILL live

nomar, Monday, 7 March 2016 21:26 (two years ago) Permalink

I maintain that the main thing that ruined 2nd Toughest... for me was first encountering the material via blindly going to a concert with a friend's friend; those live versions were much more immediate, impressive and vital than the experience of listening to the album afterward.

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 7 March 2016 21:28 (two years ago) Permalink

my friend and I saw Caribiou a few yrs ago and at one point I remember turning to him and being like "I guess this is the closest I'll ever get to seeing Underworld live" BUT NOT ANYMORE

police patrol felt the smell of smoke and found that goat burns (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 7 March 2016 21:31 (two years ago) Permalink

i think if you approach STITI as a sort of a cold and icy and more removed endeavor then it opens up. karl hyde is obv doing far less ranting shouty preacher rave stuff here, he's pretty quiet and cool w/the exception of pearls girl.

nomar, Monday, 7 March 2016 21:33 (two years ago) Permalink

haha it's telling that "Pearls Girl" is the only song on the album that I listen to, given that advice

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 7 March 2016 21:33 (two years ago) Permalink

i've been trying with you for a DECADE on this album iirc

nomar, Monday, 7 March 2016 21:34 (two years ago) Permalink

I've said this before, but I love how quiet Second Toughest In The Infants is in terms of its mastering. It really blossoms when it's cranked up.

// 166,000 W A N K E R S // LOVE (Turrican), Monday, 7 March 2016 21:38 (two years ago) Permalink

finally an album of "bruce lee"s

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 06:42 (two years ago) Permalink

What the world has been waiting for.

Tim F, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 06:46 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm kidding but not. anyway i love "motorhome" sooooooo much

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 06:46 (two years ago) Permalink

"low burn" and "ova nova" are very og underworld while the rest is verrrryyyy different

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 06:48 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm unfortunately super inclined, only after one listen, to call this their best since ______, even as a huge fan of barking. it's been a while since i intentionally listened to a hundred days off, so i'll report back

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 06:55 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm still gonna wait for my copy to arrive but looking back I'm leaning towards Oblivion With Bells being their best? I wasn't a fan on first listen, mostly because it didn't have any epics or bangers, but listening to it now I'm kinda floored by it, the level of detail on some of the tracks is insane, and I really think the last 15 minutes is some of the best music they ever put out.

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 13:34 (two years ago) Permalink

agree re: Oblivion With Bells. That's a great album. I play Faxed Invitation and Best Mamgu Ever a bunch. Peach Tree too, but that was a non-album track.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 15:05 (two years ago) Permalink

for me "JAL to Tokyo", "Food a Ready/Back in the Fears", "Parc", and pretty much the whole Big Sister EP are non-album favorites. that was a pretty awesome period for them. don't get me wrong I thought Barking was plenty great but lately I've really appreciated this group more when they don't try to sound like themselves. which I guess bodes well for this new one.

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 15:25 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'd add the Breaking and Entering soundtrack on there as well. I love that album. They were extremely creative between AHDO and Barking.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 16:22 (two years ago) Permalink

the last three tracks on this is one of the best runs of their career

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:15 (two years ago) Permalink

i also really love oblivion with bells (and the surrounding eps) but there are parts of that record that i lose track of. my favorite underworld record is either second toughest or beaucoup fish depending on the day

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:17 (two years ago) Permalink

beaucoup fish is pretty underrated in a lot of ways, in some respects its sound is my ideal underworld sound, even though it's not my favorite (it's probably my #2 after STITI)

nomar, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:48 (two years ago) Permalink

I think their most satisfying albums are Beaucoup Fish, A Hundred Days Off and Barking. However, my single favorite song of theirs is still "Dirty Epic".

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:51 (two years ago) Permalink

It had never occurred to me that Beaucoup Fish was particularly underrated especially within the context of other Underworld albums. TBH it's the only one (other than Everything Everything) that I ever want to play in its entirety.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:52 (two years ago) Permalink

i guess think it's only underrated compared to the first two, i don't think it's ever regarded as being on par with them but i think it is.

nomar, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:54 (two years ago) Permalink

btw NPR is offering "Ova Nova" up as a streamable song and it's kind of incredible

http://www.npr.org/2016/03/07/468737177/songs-we-love-underworld-ova-nova

Between this and "I Exhale", I feel like they've finally hit upon an iteration of the "Bruce Lee"/"Ring Road" template that works extremely well for me rather than making me want to die.

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 17:58 (two years ago) Permalink

i want more sola sistim/jumbo kinda shit from them

nomar, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 18:02 (two years ago) Permalink

hard to promise that there's anything like "jumbo" on here but there are many gorgeous moments, among them "ova nova"

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 18:14 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm also revisiting i'm a big sister today and what a gorgeous collection of music

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 March 2016 18:27 (two years ago) Permalink

I used to fall asleep to the second half of that almost every day. It's really really good.

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 March 2016 19:18 (two years ago) Permalink

the new one is their shortest record so it feels weird for me to say i like it more than a hundred days off, which sort of takes its time doing everything at once, or oblivion with bells, which is maybe their most interior record and, of all their albums, the one i keep discovering new things in.

but i do :D

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:44 (two years ago) Permalink

barbara also feels more like underworld than barking did, which imo barking very deliberately doesn't feel like underworld and is instead a kind of experiment in maximalism that is perfectly suited for spring/early summer weather so i've been jamming it a ton

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Barking was full of bullshit collaborators. It wasn't really an Underworld album.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:49 (two years ago) Permalink

it's still really great imo

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:50 (two years ago) Permalink

also "between stars" is evidence they should compose with darren price more often

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:51 (two years ago) Permalink

^^^^^^^^

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Thursday, 10 March 2016 20:52 (two years ago) Permalink

+1 for Darren Price

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 10 March 2016 22:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Its a great album, but boy does it seem short. Like an old-fashioned LP. Needs another side.

Mark G, Sunday, 13 March 2016 11:32 (two years ago) Permalink

I didn't play '100 days off' that much, I guess I could dig that one out..

Mark G, Sunday, 13 March 2016 11:34 (two years ago) Permalink

Then you'll probably remember why you didn't play it that much

groovypanda, Monday, 14 March 2016 11:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh and album is officially streaming over at The Grauniad:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/mar/14/underworld-barbara-barbara-we-face-a-shining-future-exclusive-album-stream?CMP=share_btn_tw

groovypanda, Monday, 14 March 2016 11:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Then you'll probably remember why you didn't play it that much

hey at the very least my last relisten revealed that "luetin" is one of their best songs and is totally buried on that record!

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 14 March 2016 18:20 (two years ago) Permalink

^^^^ I have been saying this for years

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 14 March 2016 18:21 (two years ago) Permalink

ok, that can go on side three, what else?

Mark G, Monday, 14 March 2016 18:30 (two years ago) Permalink

IMO "No Move", "Two Months Off", "Twist", Dinosaur Adventure 3D"

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 14 March 2016 18:31 (two years ago) Permalink

btw I'm listening to the stream now and I think I'm going to really dig this whole album

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 14 March 2016 18:33 (two years ago) Permalink

righto, that's a side three wrap, ta very.

Mark G, Monday, 14 March 2016 18:37 (two years ago) Permalink

btw I'm listening to the stream now and I think I'm going to really dig this whole album

really psyched bc the first time i heard the record i was like "oh djp might be super into this"

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 14 March 2016 18:38 (two years ago) Permalink

I am delivering Hot Takes(TM) on Facebook

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 14 March 2016 18:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Luetin is great. Nice Peel Session version too. They opened the 2nd night in SF back in 07? With Luetin. So good.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 14 March 2016 19:16 (two years ago) Permalink

so yeah this is pretty great; I'll figure out exactly how great once I live with this for a little bit

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Monday, 14 March 2016 19:20 (two years ago) Permalink

I think Luetin is the only song from AHDO I've played more than twice

groovypanda, Monday, 14 March 2016 20:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Mo Move is great. Trim is one of my favorites. Twist live was better than it was on the album, esp. the show with the live guitar (Spain?). Ansum is also pretty great if you love 16min ambient pieces.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 14 March 2016 21:57 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah I listened to AHDO the other day and it's a lot better than I remember it. I love all the acoustic percussion on it and the overall sound is great, also now that I don't automatically associate UW with bangers and epics the way I used to (which is why I now love OWB so much) it's starting to sound better to my ears. strange that a song as great as "8 Ball" didn't wind up making the album, though I don't know how well it would have fit. As mentioned "Luetin" is great though it's occurred to me that "Holding the Moth", from OWB, is even better.

frogbs, Monday, 14 March 2016 22:09 (two years ago) Permalink

Holding the Moth was much better before they ruined it on OWB, in my opinion. They totally killed the rhythm of the track in the studio.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 14 March 2016 22:29 (two years ago) Permalink

strange that a song as great as "8 Ball" didn't wind up making the album, though I don't know how well it would have fit

That was recorded/released not long after BF so it seems natural that it wasn't part of their next album almost three years later.

groovypanda, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 08:52 (two years ago) Permalink

didn't know that - I always thought it was part of the AHDO sessions just based on the way it sounded

frogbs, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 12:59 (two years ago) Permalink

It was on The Beach soundtrack which came out in early 2000 and I'm pretty sure I'd heard it before then (maybe via the old dirty.com forums).

Thing with Underworld though is that several of their tracks show up in live shows etc years before they finally make it to an album (if at all)

groovypanda, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 13:52 (two years ago) Permalink

well here was my logic. I know that The Beach was Leo's first movie role in the three years since Titanic, which I THOUGHT came out in 1999, thus 1999 + 3 = 2002 - now I find out that Titanic came out in '97!?

either way - Scribble and Always Loved a Film were "in development" for 5+ years before appearing on Barking, "All These Things (In Me)", "Biro the Leggy", and "Globe" were all around from 2002-2004 before getting retitled and placed on OWB. I really have no idea how they decide what goes on the albums and what doesn't.

frogbs, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 14:00 (two years ago) Permalink

my underworld ranking at this time (i want to give BBWFASF a few more listens)

STITI>>BF>DNBWMHM>>AHDO>>OWB=Barking

i might have to relisten to the last two but they felt like good 7/10 albums, barking had higher peaks, OWB is more consistent, but both had issues for me in the end. i agree that barking doesn't quite feel like a "true" underworld album in a lot of ways but it's enough of one that i don't mind it.

nomar, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 16:46 (two years ago) Permalink

If Barbara Barbara was just the last 4 tracks and released as an EP, we'd be talking about how UW were better than ever right now. The last 4 songs are among the best they've ever written.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 17:15 (two years ago) Permalink

March 18th, motherfuckers!

0 / 0 (lukas), Tuesday, 15 March 2016 17:22 (two years ago) Permalink

I think I'm currently at BF > DNBWMHM > Barking > AHDO > OWB > STITI

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Tuesday, 15 March 2016 17:23 (two years ago) Permalink

Dubno > OWB, STITI > BF, AHDO, BBWFASF

Tier 1 > Tier 2 > Tier 3

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 17:33 (two years ago) Permalink

If Barbara Barbara was just the last 4 tracks and released as an EP, we'd be talking about how UW were better than ever right now.

I mean ok but the first three tracks are also awesome

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 March 2016 18:27 (two years ago) Permalink

yet another underworld thread that suggests everyone has really specific ideas of what constitutes a great underworld record

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 March 2016 18:28 (two years ago) Permalink

karl hyde gives me real Muppet vibes in the 'i exhale' video, i love it

nomar, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 18:28 (two years ago) Permalink

STITI turned 20 this week.

Remember buying it on vinyl the day it came out then having a listening party at a mate's house that evening and everyone being blown away.

groovypanda, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 21:57 (two years ago) Permalink

stiti = bf > owb > dubno > barking > ahdo

barbara may be ahead or behind owb at this point. if i'm a big sister counts it's equal to stiti and bf imo

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 March 2016 22:04 (two years ago) Permalink

8.1 on Pitchfork - guess their critical reputation is finally coming back?

frogbs, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 13:19 (two years ago) Permalink

my god the last 4 really are something completely different but so beautiful

sexy dander (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 17:52 (two years ago) Permalink

santiago cuatro is beautiful, love the guitar

nomar, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 17:53 (two years ago) Permalink

I just got the Japanese bonus track and that one is pretty great too. It's a shame they keep giving Japan these interesting tracks.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 18:19 (two years ago) Permalink

"nylon strung" is the most beautiful song

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 18:39 (two years ago) Permalink

kinda feel like "open me up/i want to hold you laughing" is kind of an all time hyde lyric too, his best stuff has always seemed to use odd juxtaposition to communicate something emotionally direct

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 18:52 (two years ago) Permalink

more like underwearld

ienjoyhotdogs, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 21:12 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Twenty Three Blue is excellent

groovypanda, Thursday, 17 March 2016 10:50 (two years ago) Permalink

It's a shame they keep giving Japan these interesting tracks.

I think it's because CDs are more expensive in Japan, so they give extras to stop them buying cheap imports.

Mark G, Thursday, 17 March 2016 12:05 (two years ago) Permalink

Think this is easily the best album they've done since BF

groovypanda, Thursday, 17 March 2016 19:55 (two years ago) Permalink

I understand the reason they do it, I just think it's too bad they choose songs that are good to give the japanese market. They should just tack on some old live version of Crocodile so I don't have FOMO.

Also, last night in Berlin they played 8 Ball and Faxed Invitation. Pretty incredible.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 18 March 2016 16:23 (two years ago) Permalink

Also, last night in Berlin they played 8 Ball and Faxed Invitation

ok if they do this in new york i'll die

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Friday, 18 March 2016 16:44 (two years ago) Permalink

"Nylon Strung" reminds me of Orbital's "Never," and the full thing is already my favorite new electronic music album since Wonky in 2012, probably. Shows how much I keep up with this kind of stuff.

Ys Man a.k.a. Have One on G (geoffreyess), Saturday, 19 March 2016 17:43 (two years ago) Permalink

i was thinking of it as being similar to wonky the other day!

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, 19 March 2016 19:52 (two years ago) Permalink

I guess I should give this a listen, then!

// 166,000 W A N K E R S // LOVE (Turrican), Saturday, 19 March 2016 20:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Wonky is great tbh

sexy dander (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 19 March 2016 20:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Low Burn <3

nashwan, Sunday, 20 March 2016 18:37 (two years ago) Permalink

x-post:

Yeah, I'm still listening to Wonky quite a lot.

// 166,000 W A N K E R S // LOVE (Turrican), Monday, 21 March 2016 18:17 (two years ago) Permalink

finally an album of "bruce lee"s

Man I thought this was a joke, but two songs in and this is like listening to someone build a wall.

Matt DC, Monday, 21 March 2016 19:25 (two years ago) Permalink

been listening to this nonstop since Friday. can't say where it fits in the UW pantheon - agreed that it's similar to Wonky in terms of quality, but I never really thought UW dropped off a cliff the way Orbital did. but this is really good - think "Low Burn" and "Nylon Strung" are gonna be the two everyone raves about, but I think the first two tracks rule as well, and I even dig "Santiago Quatro" a lot, for a fillerish track that is. as a side note I always had this MP3 attributed to Underworld called "Gypsy Hairdo" - think it was from a mk1 demo tape I got off an FTP server - and I always assumed it was mislabeled, since it's a bouncy flamenco instrumental that sounds nothing like any incarnation of UW. but now I think it may be legit.

frogbs, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 13:44 (two years ago) Permalink

I've listened to this maybe 6 times today. "Motorhome" is so gorgeous and maybe my favorite, the 90s house organ on "Ova Nova" is such a great touch, and "Low Burn" is of course brilliant

sexy dander (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 20:35 (two years ago) Permalink

damn this is moving

Rick Smith came up with the title of the album through his father, which was one of the last things he said before he died. Karl Hyde in an interview said that Rick's mother's name is Barbara and said that she was fearful of the future without him and that's when his father said to her that quote that would then become the title for the album.

nomar, Thursday, 24 March 2016 00:38 (two years ago) Permalink

this album is certainly better than the last three imo, as much as i do enjoy those ones to varying degrees

nomar, Thursday, 24 March 2016 17:45 (two years ago) Permalink

right now If Rah is my favorite (I'm also one of the people that liked Ring Road)

0 / 0 (lukas), Thursday, 24 March 2016 18:11 (two years ago) Permalink

"if rah" rules, i love that huge synth line that emerges halfway through

i also love "ring road"

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 24 March 2016 18:15 (two years ago) Permalink

I like Ring Road, but i'm still not loving If Rah. The story in Ring Road drew me in but I can't find anything in If Rah to cling to.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 24 March 2016 20:30 (two years ago) Permalink

luna luna luna luna
luna luna luna luna

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Thursday, 24 March 2016 20:44 (two years ago) Permalink

The moment where "If Rah" blossoms into a huge beam of light is probably my favorite single moment on the album.

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Thursday, 24 March 2016 20:45 (two years ago) Permalink

i don't want to know what happens when you say "luna" eight times on ilx

nomar, Thursday, 24 March 2016 20:51 (two years ago) Permalink

hey sug

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Thursday, 24 March 2016 20:52 (two years ago) Permalink

i need sug

nomar, Thursday, 24 March 2016 20:53 (two years ago) Permalink

this is definitely the sort of album you want to hear again right away after it finishes. lately I've been thinking that "Low Burn" may be one of their best tracks full stop, dunno if I've been this obsessed with a UW tune since "Jumbo". or "Parc", maybe.

anyone else hear a lot of the Chemical Brothers in "Motorhome"? structured very similar to the ballads they do every album, uses the "Wonders of the Deep" synth and does the psychedelic flangeout just like the Chems always do (without exploding in the end, for better or worse)

frogbs, Tuesday, 29 March 2016 13:05 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

think I'm ready to declare this a top-flight UW disc, especially if you add in "Twenty Three Blue". "Ova Nova" is so damn good, I'm getting chills from it

frogbs, Monday, 25 April 2016 18:02 (two years ago) Permalink

I wish it had been an EP with If Rah and I Exhale being a stand alone single.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 25 April 2016 18:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Twenty three blue is amazing, should have been part of the album proper

a hairy, howling toad torments a man whose wife is deathly ill (James Morrison), Monday, 25 April 2016 23:49 (two years ago) Permalink

100% agreed, its definitely one to crank the hell up

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 April 2016 02:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Making their first ever performance on Later this week.

Extended show on tomorrow night with 3 tracks from Underworld.

groovypanda, Thursday, 5 May 2016 10:59 (two years ago) Permalink

oo

Mark G, Thursday, 5 May 2016 14:32 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I've been revisiting this album over the past couple of days and "If Rah" is really, really, really satisfying.

DJP, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 19:56 (two years ago) Permalink

i love "twenty three blue" but i think i'm cool with it not being on the album

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 June 2016 20:41 (two years ago) Permalink

at least i don't really have a sense of where it would fit

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 June 2016 20:41 (two years ago) Permalink

"If Rah" recently got the full single / remix treatment, including one from Herbert: https://open.spotify.com/album/4L9dkMglcgAdkup0nQVZK1

sombrerodetuned (sombrerodetune), Thursday, 2 June 2016 01:28 (two years ago) Permalink

I really couldn't imagine a radio edit for "If Rah" due to the pace of the build but this works surprisingly well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbphaKMepqY

DJP, Thursday, 2 June 2016 17:31 (two years ago) Permalink

I love how it just gets into it from the start. The first 30 seconds of that tune loop around in my head a lot.

frogbs, Thursday, 2 June 2016 17:42 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Oh shit, I'm just now listening to this album and I'm properly gobsmacked.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 21 October 2016 23:15 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

luna luna luna luna
luna luna luna luna

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Sunday, 18 December 2016 21:23 (one year ago) Permalink

OTM

¶ (DJP), Sunday, 18 December 2016 22:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I really really enjoy the entire record, but 'If Rah' and 'Motorhome' are my favourites, simply because I love how both tracks develop.

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Sunday, 18 December 2016 22:58 (one year ago) Permalink

OTM

― ¶ (DJP), Sunday, December 18, 2016 5:45 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 19 December 2016 17:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Every Underworld album has at least one song that I find indispensable and will play on endless repeat at the drop of a hat; "If Rah" is that song from this album.

¶ (DJP), Monday, 19 December 2016 18:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Also at one point I had my sons singing the "luna luna luna luna" part almost unprompted.

¶ (DJP), Monday, 19 December 2016 18:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Hehe, that's awesome!

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:27 (one year ago) Permalink

big thing about "If Rah" is that it just bangs right out of the box, as though the usual slowbuild/intro was just lopped off. good decision IMO.

frogbs, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:28 (one year ago) Permalink

and then it builds on top of that bang to become a bangernaut

¶ (DJP), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:34 (one year ago) Permalink

I regret almost every single facet of my previous post

¶ (DJP), Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:34 (one year ago) Permalink

just saw this was nominated for a Grammy too. I'm guessing it's going to lose to Jean Michel Jarre but it's cool to see them (finally) get some recognition, it's about as overdue as Aphex Twin's was

frogbs, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:37 (one year ago) Permalink

(and yeah I know, fuck the Grammies)

frogbs, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:37 (one year ago) Permalink

wait is he saying "shoot the stars, pizza bread" at 0:56?

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 21 December 2016 04:54 (one year ago) Permalink

I used to hear "beads of prayer", but yeah now it's "pizza bread"

frogbs, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:37 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Beckinsale was great in this but I was peeved that they never revealed who Barbara was (the werewolf, maybe).

"Nay" (Old Lunch), Monday, 23 January 2017 13:18 (one year ago) Permalink

$21.78 incl shipping to get that sent to the US, no thanks

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 23 January 2017 14:41 (one year ago) Permalink

You can hear Eventually But 2h25m into this Lauren Laverne show:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08c295c

Also a new track called 'I Remember' at 1h55m when Karl sat in for Gilles Peterson last week

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08b2dm2

groovypanda, Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:56 (one year ago) Permalink

man I would totally not mind if they released an entire album that sounded like "Motorhome"

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 2 February 2017 14:47 (one year ago) Permalink

what if as a concept they made that album and it only was played in a motorhome. you get on it, and it's just driving around places while you listen to the album

mh 😏, Thursday, 2 February 2017 15:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Breaking And Entering soundtrack is one of the best things they've ever done. Beautiful music.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 2 February 2017 16:13 (one year ago) Permalink

luna luna luna luna
luna luna luna luna

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Thursday, 2 February 2017 20:36 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I'm just now getting around to the DJ Koze mix of "I Exhale" and I don't know if it's right place, right time or I'm just in a MOOD but srsly at this very moment this is the best fucking thing in the world

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 17:07 (one year ago) Permalink

wait there's a what

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:01 (one year ago) Permalink

lol at the chanty chorus sounding like a group of background singers chiming in

mh 😏, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:09 (one year ago) Permalink

also loving herbert's dub of "if rah"

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:13 (one year ago) Permalink

luna luna luna luna....YEAH!

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:13 (one year ago) Permalink

luna luna luna

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:31 (one year ago) Permalink

in love with

nomar, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:32 (one year ago) Permalink

there's a possible fourth jpg but i won't do it

nomar, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:35 (one year ago) Permalink

You don't look so normal
People struggle
sug

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 19:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Everything DJ Koze touches turns to gold.

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 1 March 2017 20:06 (one year ago) Permalink

there's a possible fourth jpg but i won't do it

― nomar, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 2:35 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

http://photos.amazingsocks.com/300/656s-gold-toe-athletic-6-pr-pack-cotton-crew-sock-white-16278.jpg

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 1 March 2017 21:32 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Can't get into this on the whole, but Motorhome is lovely, and a bit... Beatlesy?

chap, Wednesday, 31 May 2017 12:34 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't know about Beatlesy, but I really love how that track develops.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 5 June 2017 18:45 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

So, the NYT has an interview up with a dude named Jad Abumrad. I'd never heard of him before, but apparently he's a big deal in US media circles because of something called 'Radiolab'.
The following exchange caught on my attention:

What were you listening to when you started at Oberlin?
Bad techno. My musical taste goes high and low. I was into, like, Underworld’s “Rez.” It’s like the best techno song ever made, still. It’s horrible music, but legitimately an amazing song.

Can anyone parse this strange statement for me?

Vast Halo, Friday, 30 June 2017 18:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Musical self-loathing snobbery?

Ned Raggett, Friday, 30 June 2017 19:04 (one year ago) Permalink

where can I pillory this man

mh, Friday, 30 June 2017 20:14 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

was under the impression from earlier in this thread that they were doing more straightforward sets these days but they're doing a facebook livestream right now from amsterdam and it feels basically as improvisational as everything everything—already heard radically different versions of "between stars" and "bruce lee" feeding into each other

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

maybe not this thread actually, but one of them

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

(They have basically done straightforward track pause track pause track sets for quite a few years tho. Would be great if they go back to the improv continuous mix days)

groovypanda, Friday, 20 October 2017 19:27 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I would be delighted to know that Underworld are a great live act again! Someone on the Underworld forum said they were recording the set, hope it ends up somewhere accessible.

You're all losing so many points on your progress bars (Champiness), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink

so far this show has been extremely continuous

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I wonder if they've ever played a set where they haven't done Rez/Cowgirl?

Still sounds amazing mind

groovypanda, Friday, 20 October 2017 19:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Ok. This is fantastic

groovypanda, Friday, 20 October 2017 19:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

wish i were there

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

oh well i'll settle for a desk rave

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I think the recent ones are relatively continuous but don't vary much? As in, they have a little leeway, but two sets of equal length will have the same songs in the same order, with the mix being about the same

mh, Friday, 20 October 2017 20:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

ah yeah that's prob what's happening here

whatever this song they're currently playing is is wonderful

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 20:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I should be listening to that stream but instead I'm cherrypicking my favorites across the albums and grinning like a madman

Marcus Hiles Remains Steadfast About Planting Trees.jpg (DJP), Friday, 20 October 2017 20:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

oh it was "air towel"!!!! wow

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 20:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the live arrangement of "low burn" is improbably beautiful

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 20:21 (eleven months ago) Permalink

stream died in the midst of "king of snake," rip

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 20 October 2017 20:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

sssssssnaaaake

mh, Friday, 20 October 2017 20:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

more like "sssssssnaaa-"

Marcus Hiles Remains Steadfast About Planting Trees.jpg (DJP), Friday, 20 October 2017 20:43 (eleven months ago) Permalink

twenty four hours

mh, Friday, 20 October 2017 20:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

A recording of the Amsterdam show can now be found at your favourite file sharing sites

groovypanda, Thursday, 9 November 2017 10:47 (ten months ago) Permalink

it has been on mixcloud all this time btw - and they've given us King Of Snake without the cut too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvMqR4X3TQI

StanM, Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:36 (ten months ago) Permalink

I just wanted to share that my sons were running around the house last night shouting "LUNA LUNA LUNA LUNA/I LOVE THIS" completely unprompted

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

I think I can call it a day on this parenting thing, clearly I've succeeded.

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:56 (ten months ago) Permalink

wow, this is absolutely killer - haven't heard them do this sort of improv in a long long time

the fact that these guys only have two official live albums (counting the impossible-to-get Tokyo '05 set) is criminal

frogbs, Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

i’ve spent an unreasonable amount of time searching for a working torrent of tokyo ‘05

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:05 (ten months ago) Permalink

if you're on slsk I can zip it to ya

frogbs, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

Great work, DJP.

Nice to see them back to mixing things up more in live sets. I was at the Tokyo show in '05 - catching the Amsterdam stream was like a flashback.

I listened to Barbara Barbara again the other day. I can't fathom how they remain this great. This is my favourite work of theirs since the Riverrun EP's (I liked everything in between as well, including side projects)

BRAVO

maffew12, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:10 (ten months ago) Permalink

i’ve spent an unreasonable amount of time searching for a working torrent of tokyo ‘05

It's very easy to find on soulseek

20+ people sharing right now

groovypanda, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

(duh - that link I found is only for premium users, isn't it? sorry) :(

StanM, Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:27 (ten months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

http://thequietus.com/articles/24344-underworld-brilliant-yes-that-would-be
Nice 'n moody - Fenneszy guitars in the last part

willem, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 08:56 (five months ago) Permalink


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