Underworld - Drift

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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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Appleshine Continuum is an epic 47 minute journey


groovypanda, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 12:10 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:21 (one year ago) link

It's wonderful.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:05 (one year 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"


"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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link


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 (one year ago) link

Another live jam, almost 40 minutes this week:


groovypanda, Friday, 26 July 2019 12:52 (one year ago) link


groovypanda, Thursday, 8 August 2019 11:38 (one year ago) link

ends about 5 minutes too early if you ask me

frogbs, Thursday, 8 August 2019 12:31 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

speaking of 'way too short'


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

frogbs, Thursday, 15 August 2019 14:58 (one year ago) link


omar little, Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:23 (one year ago) link

no download this week!

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

13 minute track this week


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 (one year 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:


maffew12, Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:27 (one year 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 (one year ago) link


maffew12, Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:40 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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
listen to their no
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 (one year 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 (one year 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

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 (one year ago) link

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

maffew12, Friday, 30 August 2019 14:46 (one year ago) link


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

frogbs, Thursday, 5 September 2019 16:13 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

the specific premier time is a first?

maffew12, Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:11 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link


maffew12, Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:52 (one year ago) link

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

frogbs, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 23:33 (one year ago) link

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

maffew12, Thursday, 12 September 2019 00:17 (one year ago) link

I sort of lost track of this throughout the year - downloaded things and then left them lingering on the computer somewhere.

Now playing ... there's actually loads of amazing stuff on here.

djh, Friday, 22 November 2019 20:18 (one year ago) link

"one true piano need hand" kind of rules if you think of it as a ten minute prelude to Appleshine

maffew12, Friday, 22 November 2019 20:29 (one year ago) link

the first "Drift" show is happening like right now. Rick "and the Misterons" do a set before the main one. Interested to hear something out of this

maffew12, Friday, 22 November 2019 20:30 (one year ago) link

the one modification I make is putting "Are You Rockstar?" as Track 1 on EP 3. it makes a great prelude to "Dune".

frogbs, Friday, 22 November 2019 20:31 (one year ago) link

* the first "Drift" show is happening like right now. Rick "and the Misterons" do a set before the main one. Interested to hear something out of this *


djh, Friday, 22 November 2019 21:07 (one year ago) link


StanM, Friday, 22 November 2019 21:15 (one year ago) link

"and the Misterons"

keeping Darren busy

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 22 November 2019 21:51 (one year ago) link

Listen to Their No
Another Silent Way
Border Country
Dirty Epic
S T A R (Rebel Tech)


frogbs, Friday, 22 November 2019 23:03 (one year ago) link

not enough Drift, too much NuXX imo

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 22 November 2019 23:24 (one year ago) link

Juanita and Dirty Epic though

frogbs, Friday, 22 November 2019 23:27 (one year ago) link

yeah Jumbo / Juanita / Dirty Epic are great classics for a Drift show. way too many bangers from this year to need to keep leaning on Snake & Nuxx for the encore though!

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 22 November 2019 23:35 (one year ago) link

Rez / Cowgirl ending main set, Two Months Off opening encore before, say, Listen To Their No or Big Bear and Border Country is a perfect amount of pandering that still flows

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 22 November 2019 23:38 (one year ago) link

Looks like this was the Antwerp setlist!


groovypanda, Saturday, 23 November 2019 07:02 (one year ago) link

a) wooooooww that is killer
b) bodes really well if they’re mixing things up that much, night to night

insecurity bear (sic), Saturday, 23 November 2019 07:06 (one year ago) link

At least one song from every album too

groovypanda, Saturday, 23 November 2019 07:09 (one year ago) link

I like how they list the decibels for each track :-)

StanM, Saturday, 23 November 2019 07:39 (one year ago) link


assuming they're BPMs which means STAR is in happy hardcore territory

groovypanda, Saturday, 23 November 2019 07:41 (one year ago) link

wot a laf

maffew12, Saturday, 23 November 2019 13:50 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...


Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 19 December 2019 22:51 (one year ago) link


Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 19 December 2019 22:51 (one year ago) link

ah, fuck this

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 19 December 2019 22:52 (one year ago) link


shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 19 December 2019 23:05 (one year ago) link

i thank you

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 19 December 2019 23:18 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

think i'm happy enough with my Drift single disc best-of

This Must Be Drum Street
Listen To Their No
Border Country
Schipol Test
Custard Speedtalk
Another Silent Way

ufo, Friday, 7 February 2020 23:11 (eleven months ago) link

San Fran on May 15
LA on May 16
NYC on May 20
Detroit on May 23
Toronto on May 27

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 February 2020 19:08 (eleven months ago) link

four months pass...

Seems like there's a new version of the box set forthcoming for the bargain price of £35

groovypanda, Friday, 12 June 2020 12:24 (seven months ago) link

New DRIFT Series 1 – CD/DVD Boxset

DRIFT was released as a sampler and a super deluxe, seven-disc box set that sold out on release.

Responding to both demand and many people’s changed circumstances, the band have remodelled the package for a new compact edition that contains all of the original seven CDs and accompanying BluRay along with a perfect bound, 50-page book and a previously unreleased, hour-long recording of Rick Smith’s DRIFT pre-show set recorded live before Underworld’s show at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on November 23rd 2019.

groovypanda, Friday, 12 June 2020 12:34 (seven months ago) link

Had to go find that on the Facebook group just now cuz it looks like the store closed message is back up. The writeup also mentioned a new Underworld Bandcamp page. Currently empty. Wonder what they're cooking up. (Also fans of hard, hard takes will enjoy the past couple days of the Facebook group... lol)

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 12 June 2020 12:38 (seven months ago) link

Lol yeah - not many fans of Drift actually in that group

groovypanda, Friday, 12 June 2020 12:52 (seven months ago) link

Just wild. I'm still beside myself that Drift happened. Single artist "communities" are always brutal I guess.

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 12 June 2020 13:02 (seven months ago) link

a UW bandcamp page is long long overdue

frogbs, Friday, 12 June 2020 15:02 (seven months ago) link

the bargain price of £35

Plus £9.46 shipping and £7 VAT.

Noel Emits, Friday, 12 June 2020 16:19 (seven months ago) link

Assuming all those girls names are off the Manchester Street Poem album?

groovypanda, Friday, 12 June 2020 18:41 (seven months ago) link

And the bloke's name.

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Friday, 12 June 2020 19:09 (seven months ago) link

Full Rick set is now available as part of the original box set's download (it was missing a couple of tracks before today). I guess you have to re-download the entire massive zip file though!

maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 15 June 2020 16:24 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...


Hyde: Can I say something? I don’t even know what song you’re talking about. Like, you would have to sing them to me and then I go, “Of course! I know every detail of that track.” But “Threat of Rain” now? Don’t know what it is. [Smith plays the track from his phone -ed.]. Oh, I was listening to that last night! I love that one. The way you did that hi-hat thing is amazing. Those reverbs they’re just…it’s so incredible. [back to interviewer] This is a constant problem. I have no idea what anyone’s talking about.

chonky floof (groovypanda), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:37 (six months ago) link

Also sounds like Series 2 is a definite go :)

chonky floof (groovypanda), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:37 (six months ago) link

Hyde: One day we’ll be able to encourage [session drummer extraordinaire] Steve Gadd to join the band.

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:44 (six months ago) link

to be fair Hyde is barely on that track

frogbs, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:45 (six months ago) link

also it kinda speaks to how accomplished these dudes are? like, I remember the band pulled out "Dirty Epic" in like, 2010 or so, and someone noted that Karl was reading the lyrics off a piece of paper because he'd forgotten them! I mean, imagine writing so much great music that you can't even remember how "Dirty Epic" goes

frogbs, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:47 (six months ago) link

Can I say something? I don’t even know what song you’re talking about.

ha ha, Karl OTM

time is running out to retweet boing.gif (sic), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 18:00 (six months ago) link

relieves me to hear Karl himself has trouble remembering their music from the titles. even for some UW songs I love, it's taken me years to associate the music with the title

Vinnie, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 03:05 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Two-part podcast "interview" with all the questions cut out: in part 1, they talk about how Drift came from a complete change in their relationship. For no apparent reason whatsoever, in Australia in 2017, Karl started listening to Rick for the first time ever, and that facilitated this more fluid way of working. (Karl also talks about how validating he found the process of publishing Drift - aside from their output not being mediated through the publicity/licensing machine, they'd also get immediate feedback not just from youtube comments, but also friends dropping a text to comment on the week's release.)

In part 2 they talk in broader terms about the role of the artist in society,their application of this, and not being a band.

MP3 links above, website here

Steppin' RZA (sic), Friday, 14 August 2020 23:03 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

the Sydney Opera House youtube channel has been releasing a lot of archive recordings (and new performances to empty rooms) during lockdown: here's a full version of Border Country from a few weeks before its Drift drop


(other recent uploads of likely interest include full shows by Four Tet and Amon Tobin's ISAM 3D-mapped set, though the latter won't convey the full molar-shaking feel of being on the hollow wooden floor)

edited for dog profanity (sic), Friday, 30 October 2020 09:04 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...


Hope this link works - I removed a lot of bumph at the end in case sic gave me side eye.
New free download of Rez live at Reading

I am using your worlds, Monday, 16 November 2020 18:52 (two months ago) link

heads up that you can go through the checkout without creating an account, just putting a token character in each field.

@oneposter (💹) (sic), Monday, 16 November 2020 22:00 (two months ago) link

oh damn it's THAT performance of Rez, awesome

frogbs, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 15:52 (two months ago) link

hopefully a teaser for full show releases from the DAT archive, or other selected bangers for the next "in-between" Drift freebies. the video of Rick fiddling with the Arp isn't long enough!

@oneposter (💹) (sic), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 16:16 (two months ago) link

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