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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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven months ago) link

Appleshine Continuum is an epic 47 minute journey


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

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

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

It's wonderful.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:05 (seven 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"


"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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link

Another live jam, almost 40 minutes this week:


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


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

ends about 5 minutes too early if you ask me

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


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

no download this week!

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:36 (five 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 (five months 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 (five 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:


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


maffew12, Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:40 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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
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 (five 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 (five 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

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 (five months ago) link

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

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


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

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

the specific premier time is a first?

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


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

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

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

the 15 minute suite on disc 1 is a trip

frogbs, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 02:57 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

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

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 21:27 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

he'll be back

maffew12, Thursday, 7 November 2019 02:20 (three months 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 (three months 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


american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 November 2019 17:20 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

Big Bear is such a fucking jam

frogbs, Friday, 22 November 2019 04:51 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link


StanM, Friday, 22 November 2019 21:15 (two months ago) link

"and the Misterons"

keeping Darren busy

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 22 November 2019 21:51 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

not enough Drift, too much NuXX imo

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 22 November 2019 23:24 (two months ago) link

Juanita and Dirty Epic though

frogbs, Friday, 22 November 2019 23:27 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

Looks like this was the Antwerp setlist!


groovypanda, Saturday, 23 November 2019 07:02 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

At least one song from every album too

groovypanda, Saturday, 23 November 2019 07:09 (two months ago) link

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

StanM, Saturday, 23 November 2019 07:39 (two months ago) link


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

groovypanda, Saturday, 23 November 2019 07:41 (two months ago) link

wot a laf

maffew12, Saturday, 23 November 2019 13:50 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...


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


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

ah, fuck this

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


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

i thank you

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

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