British electronic duo have just dropped a new double sided single entitled “Listen to Their No,” as part of their ambitious 52-week series in anticipation of their upcoming album DRIFT. This DRIFT series consists of weekly Thursday music, film and text piece releases, that document the recording process of this upcoming musical project.
“Listen to Their No,” is an upbeat dance track that blends elements of synth pop and even video game sounding music to create an eclectic yet infectious progressive dance track. A minimalist animated video featuring two amorphous bodies jumping between gaping wholes within one another was released with the new track.
In addition to this track which was featured on DRIFT Episode 4, the band have released a new song entitled “Soniamode (Aditya Game Version,” which builds upon an earlier mix made for Drift Episode 2. While this track retains many of the same video game sounds, it is a lot more house influenced bending in its rhythms with sampled vocal tracks.
Back in 2018 the group released their collaborative album with Iggy Pop entitled Teatime Dub Encounters. This album’s title was in reference to its content and the band’s love for dub, which influenced their musical career since the beginning.
Underworld originally began as Freur back in the early ’80s, where they experimented with early electronic sounds and early techno music with tracks such as “Doot Doot.” They eventually tried their hand at synth pop and funk, before transitioning their sound in the early ’90s to a more progressive trance sound.
“What we loved was dub and electronics. Every time we got dropped from a record deal, we would revert to our first love, which was making these scapes, atmospheres. Electronics, fused with guitars, and voices, and film music would come in there as well,” Karl Hyde, one half of the duo, explained in an interview with Spin. “But nobody got it, really, and that’s why we had to keep subverting what we did, and watering it down, to get a deal. To kind of look at what was on the charts, and copying it. And it wasn’t something that we could sustain, because it was disingenuous, really.”