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.
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.
05 Nov 2019
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.
26 Apr 2016
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".
12 Feb 2015
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.
08 May 2013
Underworld's Karl Hyde steps forth with a highly poetic new solo album, Edgeland, and the project's first video.
01 Apr 2013
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.
01 Mar 2012
Twenty years (or so) in, the seminal techno act releases two very different compilations. Both succeed on their own terms.
09 Feb 2012
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.
04 Jan 2012
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.
13 May 2010
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