Underworld

Underworld

In the twenty years since the release of dubnobasswithmyheadman, Underworld’s DNA has spread through both electronic music and popular culture in general – mutated and re-imagined as the EDM soundtrack of the dance floors of Las Vegas; acknowledged and acclaimed as the backbone to Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre and his globally acclaimed Opening Ceremony to the London 2012 Olympic Games (where Smith and Hyde acted as musical directors to an inspired, hallucinogenic sprint through three hundred years of British history).

Their albums – from the gleaming futurism of Second Toughest In The Infants (1996) to Barking’s gleeful exploration of modern dancefloor sonics (2010) – effortlessly filtered modernist sounds into their own ever-expanding vision. On stage, they established and cemented a reputation as one of the most forward thinking, freeform electronic acts in the world; their gigs – whether in clubs, gig venues or on festival stages – created a communal euphoria unparalleled in live ‘dance’ music.