Press Releases Underworld

Underworld: New single ‘Bird 1’ announced for November 23rd Remixers include Lone, sbtrkt, Mark Broom and Pete Tong Sixth studio album ‘Barking’ out now Upcoming November UK dates

After a successful round of US dates, Underworld return to the UK while we prepare for the release of their new single ‘Bird 1’ announced for November 23rd
Remixers include Lone, sbtrkt, Mark Broom and Pete Tong
Sixth studio album ‘Barking’ out now

“One of the most influential electronic groups EVER” – Jimmy Fallon

“Underworld’s most consistent album in more than a decade.” – Washington Post

“Embraces their classic sound but adds an undeniably fresh vibe” – MTV News

“Underworld’s songwriting stays nonconformist, evading dance-music obviousness for longer melodies and more literary, elusive thoughts.” – NY Times

“Barking inhabits an odd place: half-dolorous electro-pop, half-affirming sunnyside jams.” – Pitchfork

“Memorable tunes that hark back to their electronica heyday, as well as more personal, coherent lyrics. Earnest emotions surprisingly suit these dance-floor surrealists”. – SPIN

“The combination of über-flâneur Karl Hyde’s Whitmanesque lyricism and Rick Smith’s virtuoso beat-mastering makes it pretty much impossible to walk in to an Underworld set without a big dopey grin seizing your face for a good couple of hours.” URB

where Underworld was once a dark foil to what was generally a culture of peace, love and hedonism, in these grim times, “Barking” is a relatively upper’s affair, and something of a techno’s-greatest-bits. – Filter

“Bring the technoise on this dizzying seven-minute house groove saturated in funk.” – USA Today

“a fiercely forward thinking band now in its 30th year burning even brighter in a kind of blazing twilight that just might be the sun coming up after an all-nighter”. – Paper Magazine

“unabashedly happy and optimistic, categorically different from earlier work in both veneer and substance.” – Rhythmism

“Easlily the most rewarding Underworld record in years” – Self-Titled

“Karl Hyde’s and Rick Smith’s pioneering outfit is as close to a household name as respectable electronic artists are likely to get.” – XLr8R

“Barking” is their most colossal and concise album to date.” – Cause=Time

“Still brilliant, still essential, still peerless” – The Times *****

“The crowd go as bananas for the new stuff as the old” – The Guardian ****

“Barking is the sound of veterans re-energised” – Uncut ****

“Skipping beats and cavernous bass” – MOJO ****

“Epic” – Q ***

“Fizzes with electronic emotion” – Attitude ***

“Truly captivating” – Word

“Up with their hypnotically melodic best” – The Sun ****

“Ranks with their very best material to date” – Clash 8/10

“As good as anything they’ve recorded” – Artrocker ***

“Stunning” – Record Collector ****

“Lustrous” – The Daily Mirror ****

“Ebullient” – Metro

“Reach for the stars charge” – Financial Times

“Vital” – The Independent

“A blistering return” – Mixmag “Album of the Month” ****

“Dog-gone brilliant” – News of the World ****

“Collaborators have injected fresh energy but they’re still unmistakably Underworld” – The Observer

“Dizzyingly Divine” – Time Out
With their sixth studio album ‘Barking’ – out now to widespread critical acclaim – Underworld have once again performed a feat of creative regeneration; the duo have announced their next single ‘Bird 1’ will be released digitally on November 23rd. The shuddering machine pulses of ‘Bird 1’ – the album’s opener – has been reworked by several DJs and producers:

1. Bird 1 (album version), 2. Bird 1 (Mark Broom remix), 3. Bird 1 (Lone remix), 4. Bird 1 (Pete Tong remix), 5. Bird 1 (Clouds remix), 6. Bird 1 (sbtrkt remix), 7. Bird 1 (radio edit)

‘Barking’ is Underworld’s first album in three years, and their first to be constructed with a brilliant cast of co-conspirators. All the tracks were written by the band in their Essex studio before being given to handpicked studio heads from across the whole spectrum of dance music to add some of their style and creativity to the band’s raw material. The result is a pimped-up Underworld record and their finest collection of songs in over a decade.

Stunning fans with 2 hour sets in NY, LA, San Diego, DC and SF and a much talked about performance on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, all we can say, is hurry up back Underworld!

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