INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS & RELATED ARTICLES
Record Collector JANUARY 2010 - by Kris Needs
UNDERWORLD VS MISTERONS: ATHENS
Underworld display their tech-free experimental leanings
Though it was fantastic to see Underworld reap such huge success from Born Slippery, one of the true '90s UK techno classics, it was also frustrating, as their horizons obviously reached a lot wider than banging students' lager anthems. Now they've eased off the treadmill, original members Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, along with current cohorts such as Darren Price, can indulge their deeper musical leanings, compiling a set which could loosely be termed jazz, but charts a far more esoteric course. It all started when they attempted to get an early '70s Soft Machine remix album off the ground to highlight the electronic innovations in their music.
This set includes the Softs' Penny Hitch from 1973 amid a stunningly-diverse selection leaning towards the spatial, including Alice Coltrane, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Squarepusher, Carl Craig, Laurent Garnier and Roxy Music with their spooked 2 H.B.. Eno features on one of the two tracks from Underworld themselves (the other is 1997's Oh from Danny Boyle's A Life Less Ordinary movie). Beebop Hurry was created for his Luminous Festival of experimental music at Sydney Opera House earlier this year, featuring Hyde's freeform beat poetry over loose, scuttling backdrop. An often-inspirational voyage into the psyche of one of our most intriguing, sometimes misread, outfits.