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The Most Memorable Albums of 1999 (Part 1)

PopMatters is 20 this year -- until October when we are 21 -- and a 2009 special section celebrates the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Today we kick things off with albums from January through March, highlighted by Eminem's debut and stellar pop from XTC and Blur.

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Electronic Duo Underworld Mesmerize with Their Brilliant 'Drift Series'

To say Underworld's Drift Series 1 is an immersive experience is an understatement. It's an album that invites you to pitch a tent in it and hunker down for a month. Both Rick Smith and Karl Hyde sound inspired.

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The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of 2017

In 2017, the music world saw amazing reissues from all over the genre map, spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and jazz to soul.

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Underworld: Beaucoup Fish (Super Deluxe Edition)

Some remnants of the age of "electronica" are even better than you remember. The deluxe treatment for Underworld's Beaucoup Fish is perfect for anyone ready to jump back into that era with both feet.

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The 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2016

Electronic music is one of the broadest-reaching genres by design, and 2016 highlights that as well as any other year on record.

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Underworld - "Ova Nova" (Singles Going Steady)

This is a composite of everything that is good about Underworld but pushes their sound forward to fit squarely in the present day.

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Underworld - "Born Slippy" (Singles Going Steady Classic)

"Born Slippy" remains one of Underworld's most mesmerizing and uplifting slices of electronica

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Dancing up a Storm with Underworld at Terminal 5 in New York (Photos)

Underworld's 2016 release Barbara Barbara... is their strongest in years and the new material is a welcome addition to their intense, epic live performance.

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Underworld: Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future

Legendary electronic music duo Underworld make a relaxed, confident, lovely album that's unabashedly themselves.

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Underworld - "I Exhale" (Singles Going Steady)

Underworld is struggling a bit now to decide who they are outside of the club/trance setting where that freewheeling Dadaist ping-pong poetry matches the most acutely.

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Underworld, Heller and Farley, and the Misterons - "Baby Wants to Ride" (audio)

In memory of the legendary DJ and producer Frankie Knuckles, a team of English artists -- Underworld, Heller and Farley, the Misterons -- have covered his "Baby Wants to Ride".

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The Best Album Re-Issues of 2014

The music world saw reissues from all over the genre map, spanning classic rock titans to electronic music legends.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 80-61

In this next segment of PopMatters' look back on the music of the 2000s, we examine works by British electronic pioneers, Americana legends, and Armenian metal provocateurs.

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Brian Eno and Karl Hyde: Someday World

Two naturally complementary collaborators make half of an OK album and half of what could have been one of the best records of the year.

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The Best Film Scores of 2013

This year saw no shortage of innovative, exciting film scores. Notes on Celluloid counts down the ten soundtracks that lingered the longest in our minds.

Brice Ezell and Robert Rubsam
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Karl Hyde: Edgeland

One half of Underworld goes solo and avoids the two main pitfalls of doing so, redundancy and pointless novelty.

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Close to the Edgeland: An Interview with Underworld's Karl Hyde

Karl Hyde's new album consolidates Underworld's lyrical themes through his own unique sense of place, crafting an album which celebrates a generation of British "un-identity". Here, Hyde discusses the album in vivid detail, including his fascination with cities, and the cultural schizophrenia of the modern generation.

Phil Mason
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The Best Film Scores of the 2000s

From contemplative science fiction to macabre stop-motion, the 2000s brought forth some excellent film scores that are worth listening to long after the credits have rolled. With this year's Academy Awards just behind us, Sound Affects looks at the top movie scores from the 21 century so far.

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Underworld: A Collection / 1992-2012: The Anthology

Twenty years (or so) in, the seminal techno act releases two very different compilations. Both succeed on their own terms.

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2011: Music’s Most Electronic Year Yet

Vestigial organs like industrial music and the radio dial proved vital in 2011, while house and dubstep were invaded by hordes of uninvited outsiders, proving once again that electronic and plugged-in music is at the vanguard of change throughout the world.

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Underworld: Frankenstein: Music From the Play

By summoning Underworld to score his production, Danny Boyle found the real key to his victory. While Frankenstein the play has its flaws, Underworld's score is largely remarkable.

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Underworld: Barking

Underworld have always stood in the top tier of electronic dance music producers. But on their new album Barking, Hyde and Smith collaborate with a variety of electronic producers to create a strong, eclectic album that is their best in a decade.

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Underworld: iTunes Festival: London 2010

A bit of a teaser, Underworld’s iTunes released set from London’s Roundhouse on July 17, 2010 harkens back to their classics but also hints forthcoming songs on Barking may not contain the same frantic live energy.

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Vampires vs. Werewolves: An Immortal Pop Rivalry

Pop culture thrives on rivalries, but few are as epic as the one between werewolves and vampires -- a rivalry which predates Twilight by, oh, some 60 years.

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Underworld - "Scribble" Premieres on the BBC (MP3 / video)

With Karl Hyde and Rick Smith putting together the final touches on a new Underworld album, new track "Scribble" makes its premiere on BBC Radio 1.

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Point Omega by Don DeLillo

Entirely too long at 117 pages, Don DeLillo’s latest novel was inspired by an installation at the Museum of Modern Art in 2006 called 24 Hour Psycho.

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Darren Emerson: GU36: Bogotá

The one-time Underworld member's latest Global Underground mix is exactly what you'd expect. No more, no less.

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Underworld and Underworld: Evolution

Whereas The Matrix relied on hyper-cool outfits and the beauty of stylized action sequences to help tell its weird little story, Underworld relies on them to try to make us forget that we are watching a story this insipid.

Games

Surfin' the Sound Waves

Green Mushroom is a feature of Moving Pixels that allows our Multimedia writers to comment on reviews in the Multimedia section, hence giving our coverage of those games...(wait for it)...extra life.

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Underworld: Oblivion With Bells

There is nothing quite so sad as seeing a once-great band falling into a long senescence. This is the Rolling Stones of Undercover.

Tim O'Neil
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Underworld

Karl Hyde is not intent on slipping into the comfy chair just yet. Instead, he's donning a sparkly, silver-sequined jacket that begs the question: is all that glimmers really gold?

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Underworld: The Riverrun Project

Whether they've truly subverted the label dynamic by going online-only, or simply succumbed to the long fade of dance music, this three-piece-suite offers both the best and most dreary of Underworld's once-vital work.

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Underworld (2003)

Underworld has more on its mind than matching its throbbing rock soundtrack to action sequences.

Cynthia Fuchs
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