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We've been talking about this a lot on the C/D thread, but this project deserves its own one

If you haven't been following, the idea is: every Thursday they are releasing either a new track, something from the archive, or a new EP (comprised of the new stuff), leading up to the 10/25 release of "Drift Songs", which is supposedly going to be the album proper. Amazingly the new stuff does not feel rushed or poorly thought out, in fact there's a lot that ranks up with their best material (in my humble opinion). They've hit on nearly everything they've done well in the past and have explored a number of new directions that don't sound like Underworld at all. Who else is following this??

frogbs, Monday, 8 July 2019 18:03 (four months ago) link

Pretty interesting concept - noticed that the album proper is simultaneously an anthology release of all the drift tracks in addition to reworking a subset of the songs for a proper "album length" release?

I've yet to hear any of the material. Is it worth diving into? Appears to be a lot of stuff to wade through.

octobeard, Monday, 8 July 2019 22:43 (four months ago) link

the material's very all over the place but the best of it is really fantastic - so far my favourites are "Border Country", "Dune", "Custard Speedtalk" and "Appleshine Continuum"

ufo, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 08:48 (four months ago) link

Appleshine Continuum is an epic 47 minute journey

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

groovypanda, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 12:10 (four months ago) link

"Listen To Their No" is awesome if you're into the TMO/Scribble side of the group

frogbs, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:40 (four months ago) link

Second episode is my favourite so far. And having just heard the fourth, 'Border Country' is a clear highlight imho.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 12:59 (four months ago) link

"threat of rain" is my favorite that hasn't been mentioned yet

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:21 (four months ago) link

It's wonderful.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:05 (four months ago) link

todays release is another rehearsal, this one from 2005, with "Silver Boots" (the original "Always Loved a Film"), "Yard Beat", and "Push Upstairs"

https://www.mixcloud.com/UnderworldLive/underworld-230605/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Manchester+Street+Poem+2019+++18+unedited+mins+of+Riverrun-era+rehearsal+for+you&utm_campaign=DRIFT+DROP+-+230605

"Silver Boots" is one from my wishlist so I'm pretty happy with this. just wish I could download it!!

frogbs, Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:18 (four months ago) link

you can download it, it's just 66kbps utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Manchester+Street+Poem+2019+++18+unedited+mins+of+Riverrun-era+rehearsal+for+you&utm_campaign=DRIFT+DROP+-+230605

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 11 July 2019 19:32 (four months ago) link

hmmm should've figured it would be fairly easy to do that

it definitely doesn't sound great but it's an improvement on the version I cropped from the radio broadcast in 2006

frogbs, Thursday, 11 July 2019 19:40 (four months ago) link

"listen to their no" -> "schiphol test" is a wonderful experience

think ep 4 is my favorite rn

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 12 July 2019 23:57 (four months ago) link

https://www.mixcloud.com/UnderworldLive/atl080328/

direct from soundboard live recording of Born Slippy/Pearls Girl/Beautiful Burnout.

didn't know they were playing the original Born Slippy in 2008

frogbs, Thursday, 18 July 2019 14:43 (four months ago) link

Another live jam, almost 40 minutes this week:

https://www.mixcloud.com/UnderworldLive/leipzig-warehouse-jam-050715/

groovypanda, Friday, 26 July 2019 12:52 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB6G7KgBX24

groovypanda, Thursday, 8 August 2019 11:38 (three months ago) link

ends about 5 minutes too early if you ask me

frogbs, Thursday, 8 August 2019 12:31 (three months ago) link

yeah it takes a bit too long to get going and then doesn't spend enough time there once it has

ufo, Thursday, 8 August 2019 12:33 (three months ago) link

the juice was barely shook!

I liked it. wonder if the box will have some longer variations of the many "film edit"s.

maffew12, Thursday, 8 August 2019 13:06 (three months ago) link

I guess that's the big question right now, if they plan to remix/extend the material or leave it as is for the album. As much as I love a lot of this stuff I kinda feel like some of it could have used some more time in the mastering stage - they use a sharp hi-hat sound a lot that can overwhelm the rest of the tune ("Appleshine" being a good example), which is something you wouldn't hear on a proper UW album.

frogbs, Thursday, 8 August 2019 19:19 (three months ago) link

speaking of 'way too short'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0mwQEtkik0

basically Holding the Moth pt. 2, which I'm totally cool with

frogbs, Thursday, 15 August 2019 14:58 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79bWsFwOZDg

omar little, Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:23 (three months ago) link

no download this week!

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:36 (three months ago) link

Was surprised last week's was a download, tbh

the last two Episodes have had all the week-2-and-later tracks as free downloads

(Episode 2 had all its weeks as downloads)

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Friday, 23 August 2019 07:23 (two months ago) link

13 minute track this week

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG74FOPyijY

no Karl on this one but it's really nice. lotta BF-era sounds here but it's a bit more modern and jazzy.

frogbs, Thursday, 29 August 2019 17:54 (two months ago) link

love this one! I'd been thinking there was way more Karl than not, than they've typically had across their albums. So, good restraint, like.

Someone on the Facebook pointed out that this was heard back in the original trailer with words from Dexter's Chalk over it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qDwIDPNdE0

maffew12, Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:27 (two months ago) link

ahhh...that's a good catch...I wondered about that track when I went back to the trailer a couple months ago. didn't recognize it here though

I wonder if all the stuff referenced in the EP2 liner notes has been released now - they reference Toluca Stars there and the with Agata from Melt Banana. should really comb through those

another interesting thing is that I've seen this referred to by the boys a few times as "Drift Series 1" which uh...implies something for 2020

frogbs, Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:34 (two months ago) link

STILL WAITING FOR SUE TOMPKINS (LIFE WITHOUT BUILDINGS), POSSIBLY??? ALLO, UNDERWORLD? :D

maffew12, Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:40 (two months ago) link

this from Karl on the Instagram posting of the "Imagine A Box" preview: "... this way of releasing our music is like a tv series - Drift series 1 has 5 episodes and each episode is made up of tracks with films - if you go to our website you can find them all in the order they came out - I hope this helps - thank you for voicing your confusion though (k)".

So yeah maybe another series?! But how many times have we seen "52 weeks of releases" (from Nov 1 last year) about this... and he's saying 5 episodes... #5 will be ending in a week or maybe two? This is only the 43rd Thursday.

Part of the fun is not having any damn clue.....

maffew12, Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:48 (two months ago) link

would imagine there's 2 more songs to go, especially since "Mile Bush Pride" was so short

meaning either 5-6 weeks of live recordings or mixes depending on whether or not they release anything the week the album drops

I think there was some recent interview where they said they had a good idea of what the album was gonna be and what they'd do next. so something's up

frogbs, Thursday, 29 August 2019 20:04 (two months ago) link

would be odd to go out on vault stuff, though some of it's been awesome

maffew12, Thursday, 29 August 2019 20:24 (two months ago) link

well they're going out on the album release which I'm presuming is gonna get promoted & reviewed in all the usual spots

frogbs, Thursday, 29 August 2019 20:36 (two months ago) link

my guess is there'll be a few new album versions of tracks (like the new version of "soniamode") they'll release in the lead up to the album

ufo, Friday, 30 August 2019 11:51 (two months ago) link

Witney, Granby, Rochdale, Preston!

I think if Soniamode is on the album it'll be closer to the original version. The second one struck me as just part of the press push they did when kicking off Episode 4 (being done with the help of a Guardian reporter and all).

I like both versions fine but i wouldn't put it on the album.

What would y'all do with one disc of "drift songs"? It is up for preorder as a double vinyl and single CD, so.. 50-80min?

maffew12, Friday, 30 August 2019 14:08 (two months ago) link

I just came up with this handful of favorites and tried to make the best sequence I could (I'll be impressed if they wind up putting anything that sounds like an album moreso than most of the episodes have)

universe of can when back
Brussels
pinetum
listen to their no
appleshine
another silent way
Toluca stars
border country

1hr. Would like to have a Necks thing included, hope there is another one with them.

surprised myself only having one from #3.. most days I'd say that's the best one

maffew12, Friday, 30 August 2019 14:30 (two months ago) link

would've put on "Doris" but it's already on the Manchester Street Poem album that came out that week. Highly recommended for anyone here who hasn't checked that out!

maffew12, Friday, 30 August 2019 14:32 (two months ago) link

I'm really hoping that there is a new track or two and that the whole thing is remixed heavily. nothing wrong with what we got just hoping for something different since I've listened to the Drift stuff so much already.

it's kind of hard to pare this down to an hour since so many of the tracks are 10+ minutes. not a lot of room for something like "Pinetum" or "Threat of Rain" (which I doubt would have made the album anyway, they don't usually put tracks like that on the LPs proper). I'm not sure if they're gonna aim for a album full of bangers or something more chill, or some combination of both. "Listen to Their No" & "Drum Street" were both played live so I assume they're both on the LP.

personally I'd do something like

Appleshine
Molehill
This Must Be Drum Street
Another Silent Way
Dexter's Chalk
Hundred Weight Hammer
Border Country
Custard Speedtalk
Tree and Two Chairs
Listen to Their No

that's about 75 minutes and it misses a few faves but it works

I would put "Mile Bush Pride" on there but I feel like we don't have the full version of that yet

frogbs, Friday, 30 August 2019 14:40 (two months ago) link

good point about the two being played live. Going to play your list later!

maffew12, Friday, 30 August 2019 14:46 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VohOhpwbk3M

seems to be the last track from "Drift Series 1"

frogbs, Thursday, 5 September 2019 16:13 (two months ago) link

says "penultimate part of episode 5" so one more left? or does that refer to when they put it out as an EP

ufo, Thursday, 5 September 2019 16:42 (two months ago) link

lol yeah my bad I forgot "penultimate" means there's one left

actually it's on YouTube now, it's called "S T A R" but you can't listen to it until 9/12

frogbs, Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:06 (two months ago) link

email: "Join us for the premiere of S T A R - the final part of DRIFT Episode 5 - Thursday 12th September 12.00 BST"

this week is the "penultimate part"

I figured this meant next week is the last song... but it's true that "star" could be just the name of the episode (it fits well with the other one word titles), with the full episode release to services as usual (and no new song, as usual). Also the email calls this week a "cliffhanger"!

who knows!

maffew12, Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:07 (two months ago) link

the specific premier time is a first?

maffew12, Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:11 (two months ago) link

some TV interface or other is apparently showing the Star video runtime as 3m45s.. and the description includes:

'S T A R' Lyrics LYRICS HERE - - - - - - - - - About 'S T A R' TRACK DESCRIPTION - - - - - - - - -

...

I'm gonna say it is a song!

This week's seems slight at first listen... the sort of new bit you might have heard as a bridge between big songs at a gig

maffew12, Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:23 (two months ago) link

most of the Ep 5 tracks seem that way. lotta jams without much structure. but I like those sorts of tracks

frogbs, Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:41 (two months ago) link

and yeah this does seem made to segue into something. it sounds like they're trying to build up some anticipation for next week's track so I'm pretty intrigued what it is now

frogbs, Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:45 (two months ago) link

CLIFFHANGER

maffew12, Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:52 (two months ago) link

Preview of the last track sounds awesome, I believe that’s the Lenny Penne beat

frogbs, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 23:33 (two months ago) link

yup! and then something else and... tomorrow will be interesting.

maffew12, Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:17 (two months ago) link

yeah it's funny they capped off the new releases by for the first (obvious) time reusing old material... now they have a totally new version of that, which is going to be on the Sampler thing.

last Thursday's release was a nice take on "Why Why Why".... still only available at the link that was emailed I guess.

maffew12, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 18:04 (four weeks ago) link

you'd figure if any of the other Sampler tracks were different versions or edits, they'd also be labelled as such. which means that the box has to include one CD that's entirely redundant apart from 3 minutes. bonkers.

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 18:32 (four weeks ago) link

according to iTunes a lot of the tracks on the sampler do have different track times than the EP. Schiphol Test in particular. and of course Brilliant Yes That Would Be is a full 6 minute version rather than the 30 seconds we got on EP1. of course it's not yet known if there are any differences on the EPs proper, though the tracklisting for the first one does suggest they've been worked over a bit

can definitely see them doing a lot of minor tweaks like they've been doing on the EPs. the one change I'm hoping for is a less sharp hi-hat on Appleshine, every time I hear it I feel like it wasn't mixed properly

frogbs, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 18:43 (four weeks ago) link

Soniamode original recipe completely scrubbed. Hold your downloads tight.

maffew12, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 18:47 (four weeks ago) link

there's a video preview of the box's book that makes it look like all the episodes have liner notes like we saw online for ep2. I'll be going on a underworld internet blackout when this thing starts shipping until I have devoured the box. can't wait :D

maffew12, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 18:50 (four weeks ago) link

and of course Brilliant Yes That Would Be is a full 6 minute version rather than the 30 seconds we got on EP1

but presumably the version on CD1 in the box is also full-length, as the title is spelled out

(separately, it has also been available since April 2018)

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 18:55 (four weeks ago) link

glad they did that, it's a nice one

maffew12, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 19:00 (four weeks ago) link

oh right, it was part of that "World of Underworld" thing correct? predating the Iggy Pop EP.

that book indeed looks amazing. hard to see too much but there's definitely a lot of text in those pages. the liner notes to EP2 were excellent, not only a fun read but it also planted a ton of clues about what was to come.

big question mark is those unreleased tracks, on one hand it's difficult to imagine there's anything particularly good left in the tank, on the other "Underworld B-side" has always been an indicator of quality

frogbs, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 19:16 (four weeks ago) link

yeah, nothing came of World Of Underworld other than Brilliant That (released on youtube 5/4/18 and as a single 5/5/18), a covermount 7" with two old tracks** on it, and the first three minutes of Appleshine (as Apple Shine For Belfast) on youtube*, and their themed Spotify playlists. It's p clear that it was a false start for Drift:

Over time, the World of Underworld will evolve as new releases and unearthed material appears on streaming platforms and they become a platform for experimentation, for creative process and spontaneous releases

I'm counting the belated releases of Teatime Dub Encounters and Price's Everybody Jack as part of them figuring out what turned into Drift, too

* in an extremely cool trick, after the full Appleshine was uploaded, the original Belfast video started seamlessly switching to the new one at 3:15

** a Pearl's Girl B-side, and the bonus track from Barbara Barbara

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 23 October 2019 19:51 (four weeks ago) link

https://music.apple.com/us/album/drift-series-1/1483468013?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

looks like a lot of tweaks

EP1 - "Brilliant Yes That Would Be", "Another Silent Way / Drift Poem / Better Than Diamonds", and "One True Piano Need Hand" take up about 34 minutes. so way different than the released version

EP2 - "Appleshine" is *not* cut down and "Appleshiner" is now called "Appleshine (All of the Lights)"

EP3 - "This Must be Drum Street" is now 7 and a half minutes.

EP4 - basically no changes (outside of one new track)

EP5 - Toluca Stars & Tree and Two Chairs are now the "Film edits"

"Altitude Dub Continuum" is 31 minutes long. "Appleshine Continuum" now cut down to a mere 34

there's nearly 2 hours of previously unreleased stuff on here, depending on what you count. either way seems like plenty of stuff even for those of us who've followed it from the beginning

bring it on

frogbs, Saturday, 26 October 2019 16:36 (three weeks ago) link

daaamn thanks for that. I assume the Bluray will have the full Appleshine Continuum.
iTunes release doesn't include the new version of STAR i guess, as it lacks the Sampler disc that the box has. Heh

--
Very pretty ambient bleeps released Thursday for download, "SYDNEY HOTEL ROOM PEAL"
https://underworldlive.acemlna.com/lt.php?i=60A99A1A750

The email didn't say it was the last "weekly Drift drop" or anything... maybe yet another release on the day before the retail releases.

maffew12, Saturday, 26 October 2019 17:47 (three weeks ago) link

looks like box shipments are delayed 3 weeks. someone posted their store page listing on Facebook. funny I didn't get an email like I did when it went from Oct 31 to Nov 1. I logged in and viewed may day one order, sure enough, Nov 22 shipping.

oh well, digital feast this weekend!

maffew12, Monday, 28 October 2019 15:09 (three weeks ago) link

my* day 1

maffew12, Monday, 28 October 2019 15:09 (three weeks ago) link

yeah looks like promo copies of the single disc have already been sent out so it looks like this thing is finally 'finished'

wonder how many media outlets are gonna review this as a 5xLP instead of one disc + a bunch of bonuses. with the unreleased material it really is 5 proper albums plus the Necks disc

frogbs, Monday, 28 October 2019 15:25 (three weeks ago) link

The Necks disc is no less proper!

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Monday, 28 October 2019 15:36 (three weeks ago) link

how dare you

maffew12, Monday, 28 October 2019 15:39 (three weeks ago) link

apparently those of us who preordered the box only get the Sampler edition d/l tomorrow

not sure if I'm gonna wait 3 weeks for it or just pirate the thing

frogbs, Thursday, 31 October 2019 21:11 (three weeks ago) link

recap video... works as a nice trailer for anyone looking at this thread like, wtf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE8y6Z9nafA

I checked the box store page cuz the email they sent about preorders was confusing.... well, there is no download included.

I'll tell you this much, disc one is a great soundtrack to serving truckortreaters

maffew12, Thursday, 31 October 2019 21:17 (three weeks ago) link

ok I got the sampler download and it's sounding awesome so far. it definitely feels like an album proper (the songs do fade into each other, somewhat) and the whole thing appears to have been remastered. its a bit quieter and less trebly but sounds great when cranked up. lotta subtle differences in the tracks, especially "Drum Street" which sounds like it was reassembled from scratch. as a single disc it's definitely up their with their best but man do I wanna hear the full version

frogbs, Friday, 1 November 2019 02:46 (three weeks ago) link

Nice.

I've only played disc one of the box so far. The long version of Brilliant Yes That Would Be is gorgeous.

Be back once I've listened to all 7 discs!

maffew12, Friday, 1 November 2019 10:55 (three weeks ago) link

listening to the sampler and it does flow remarkably well as an album. i wouldn't put it up with their very best but it's solidly enough second tier underworld which is still quite good? looking forward to properly digging into the full near-6 hour box set sometime but it'll take a while

ufo, Friday, 1 November 2019 11:53 (three weeks ago) link

I see the keyboard line in "Tree & Two Chairs" is back

frogbs, Friday, 1 November 2019 14:52 (three weeks ago) link

Well, wow...

New material is pretty great. They could've easily had a sixth "episode" here. I want to listen to that stuff again on its own soon. I made a playlist of all of it, besides the new Appleshine and the one that's a longer Another Silent Way, basically, and it comes to 80 minutes.

I noticed Pinetum has a new ending, and Dune uses a different vocal take (and has some new background vocals - Rick? - on a bit near the end). I'm sure there's loads of little differences like you said.

The little touches that make the Sampler disc songs fit together are cool, but I think the approach is smart, to call it that. I don't know if it plays great for me as an "album" but whatever... i was overwhelmed by the time i played this after the rest of the box. Have to do some proper listening the weekend.

maffew12, Friday, 1 November 2019 21:09 (three weeks ago) link

I'm hoping the Sampler doesn't steal the thunder from the rest of the box - most reviews I'm seeing online only cover that disc, and if you go on RYM the Sampler is the "main edition", you have to click around a bit to find the full boxset

frogbs, Monday, 4 November 2019 15:33 (two weeks ago) link

They're doing all they reasonably can to push the full thing. I'll be interested to look around for reviews in a few weeks.

I'd be really interested to hear what any new or casual fans would think after a 6 hour listen!

still haven't spent much time with the new songs. Played the new Necks track four or five more times in the background though, it's great.

maffew12, Monday, 4 November 2019 15:58 (two weeks ago) link

the only thing I can really compare it to is these last couple of Autechre releases but I think its fair to say that UW's output is a bit more diverse. its not really something you can review after one listen.

I did ask a friend who was into them back in the day if he'd checked it out yet, he said "6 hours of Underworld, I bet I can tell you exactly what that sounds like", first track he heard was "Dune" and he was like "wait this is nothing like what I expected"

frogbs, Monday, 4 November 2019 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

is the sampler a continuous mix? bc that's exactly what i wanted them to do omg

can't wait to trawl through the box

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:45 (two weeks ago) link

ok it's not exactly a continuous mix but they did manage to make it feel very album-shaped which i'm so impressed with

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 00:55 (two weeks ago) link

i also love that it is somewhat by necessity their most bangin' album ever

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 01:11 (two weeks ago) link

it is a good job. I remember the Sampler tracklist coming out and everyone commenting was like... Those songs??

Listen to their No into Border Country is pretty jarring, as is anything coming after Border Country. Guess they didn't want to close on that note. Custard works better as a closer than I would've thought.

maffew12, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 14:43 (two weeks ago) link

track for track the flow of it reminds me a lot of Beacoup Fish. you know...chill opener, several singles in a row, some more ambient stuff, then you got "S T A R" taking the "Bruce Lee" / "Kittens" spot, wonky rhythm track "Imagine a Box" somewhat like "Something Like a Mama", then a striking closer

frogbs, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:23 (two weeks ago) link

i still think my favorite thing from the drift series is "threat of rain"

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 19:52 (two weeks ago) link

great one. the brand new songs on the box remind me of that episode 2 vibe. You should like em. That was my fave episode.... now ...I
.. don't... know... anything

maffew12, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 20:12 (two weeks ago) link

further reports now that i'm deeper in the box:

- as with the eps the first disc is still the weakest. i enjoy the "pearls girl"-y ride of "another silent way/drift poem/better than diamonds" a lot though
- "roof off" is a jam
- frankly i'm getting blown away by the episode 3 all over again. the extended "drum street" is a dream. were "poet cat" and "dune" always this amazing? is "pinetum" oddly sinister to anyone else and if so does the sourceless knocking freak y'all out? and forget what i said upthread, "custard speedtalk" is by far the best track to come out of these sessions and is a quintessential underworld experience. and both of the new tracks slap. wonderful

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 01:41 (two weeks ago) link

the 15 minute suite on disc 1 is a trip

frogbs, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 02:57 (two weeks ago) link

the live/looped(?) drums on "custard" are so beautiful. i feel like, given their approach to improvisation, i've always sort of unconsciously wanted a jazzier underworld record and ... i finally have one and it's more gorgeous than i'd ever imagined

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 17:36 (two weeks ago) link

yeah first time I heard it I was about 2 minutes in before wondering if it was in fact the best UW tune ever

I wonder if that direction was something picked up by Karl's solo excursions - lotta live drums on the Hyde/Eno records, mixed towards the front like they are on here

frogbs, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 18:47 (two weeks ago) link

xp about Pinetum, it's a weird one. Fun or scary depending on my mood, like, I find. I've heard this description about a lot ambient music, and though I like plenty of that stuff, not much of it ever sounds happy to me

maffew12, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 19:36 (two weeks ago) link

i didn't spend a lot of time with episode 5 before the box came out and wtf how is "toluca stars" so beautiful

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 21:27 (two weeks ago) link

"so beautiful" that's my review of drift series 1 by underworld

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 21:27 (two weeks ago) link

i've always sort of unconsciously wanted a jazzier underworld record

"Tree and Two Chairs" probably gonna be up your alley then

frogbs, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 21:47 (two weeks ago) link

it really is, as is "doscentitos" which is prob my favorite of the new new tracks

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:08 (two weeks ago) link

I don't think I enjoy UW enough nowadays to listen to six discs but the sampler is quite nice, certainly it caught my attention more than Barbara. "Appleshine" and "Brilliant Yes" stood out as highlights

Vinnie, Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:48 (two weeks ago) link

Oh yeah "Custard" was really interesting too! The synth work is kind of "Rez"-y but the vibe created by the piano/live drums makes it so different

Vinnie, Thursday, 7 November 2019 00:51 (two weeks ago) link

he'll be back

maffew12, Thursday, 7 November 2019 02:20 (two weeks ago) link

I'm only an Underworld dilettante but this is luminous. Custard Speedtalk is the drifting summer capsule I need right now.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Thursday, 7 November 2019 09:34 (two weeks ago) link

i'm really loving the sampler as its own thing. best underworld album since oblivion with bells imo, maybe even better than that

as i said a few posts ago, this song is incredible

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J34Z7hE35sc

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 November 2019 17:20 (two weeks ago) link

i don't think the sampler is quite as good as barbara barbara but i'm still enjoying it

ufo, Thursday, 7 November 2019 21:59 (two weeks ago) link

finally going through all the new tracks from the box-set and some of these are wonderful - "another silent way/drift poem/better than diamonds", "doscientos" and "two arrows" are all fantastic. this is making my attempt at a drift best-of even more difficult

ufo, Saturday, 16 November 2019 02:55 (six days ago) link

Big Bear is such a fucking jam

frogbs, Friday, 22 November 2019 04:51 (thirteen hours ago) link


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