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Old 10-27-2019, 09:34 PM
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Drift Series 1 media reviews
Some reviews are starting to trickle in. Looks like media was sent the 1-disc sampler.

The Herald
8/10
"It's a brilliant move. Their live shows have never faltered but recent releases failed to hit the high notes of their mid-90s pomp, or rival the quality and breadth of today's laptop-crafted electronica. The space offered by the spontaneity of weekly release handed the pair, who formed four decades ago in Cardiff, to stretch out and take risks."

The Arts Desk
4/5
"DRIFT Series 1 is great stuff and a fine reminder of when techno was the soundtrack to times that had excitable tabloid editors freaking out rather than the lame background music that subsequently came to accompany everything from TV car adverts, computer games and visits to High Street chain stores."
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Old 10-28-2019, 06:45 AM
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Re: Drift Series 1 media reviews
The second sentence in that Herald quote makes my teeth itch so much.
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Old 10-31-2019, 04:48 AM
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"Astonishingly, Underworld have pulled off the incredible: six discs that don’t feel overwhelming or indulgent. Drift consistently accelerates then cruises in a different direction, before taking off again in a new one. Enjoy the ride."
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:08 AM
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Re: Drift Series 1 media reviews
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a fine reminder of when techno was the soundtrack to times that had excitable tabloid editors freaking out rather than the lame background music that subsequently came to accompany everything from TV car adverts, computer games and visits to High Street chain stores.

this is the one that keeps bothering me. this "time" would have to reference sometime before 1997, when it exactly started getting used for ads (stateside anyway), AND, i wish people who don't listen to the underground of genres would stop talking shit about them as if they know shit. techno is alive and well and 90% of it will never be in an ad
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Old 10-31-2019, 10:11 AM
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Re: Drift Series 1 media reviews
To be fair, it no longer reaches the tabloids the way it did in the early '90s, but then Underworld's heyday only came about around the middle of the decade which was around the time it became ad music as well, so it's still a bollocks sentence.
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Old 11-02-2019, 05:51 AM
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Re: Drift Series 1 media reviews
Anyone follow The Wonky Angle...
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:28 AM
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Re: Drift Series 1 media reviews
A few more, from...
Louder Than War:
https://louderthanwar.com/underworld...-album-review/

The Guardian:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.the...edition-review

Sputnik music:
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/...RIFT-Series-1/
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Old 11-09-2019, 12:01 PM
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Re: Drift Series 1 media reviews
4-1/2 star review from The Australian newspaper (online review is paywalled)::
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Got six hours? That’s about how long it will take to burn through Underworld’s extraordinary 10th album — and it’s time well spent. At 40 tracks, DRIFT Series 1 is “one year inside the minds” of Rick Smith and Karl Hyde, a now ongoing music and film experiment that has seen the production and release of new material every Thursday for a year, starting November 1 2018. When the pounding drums and acid lines of album opener Another Silent Way dropped last year, no one quite knew what was to follow but, dutifully and methodically, the new material came. Linking with a handful of collaborators, including Australian experimental jazz trio The Necks and London techno producer [Phase], the project soon took on a life of its own as the first of five self-contained “episodes” was released, collectively forming DRIFT Series 1. The follow-up to 2016’s Grammy-nominated Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future is a unique and expansive audiovisual document of an open, constantly evolving recording process. It’s experimental and improvisational in parts — that’s kind of the point — but also assured and confident, reflective of Underworld’s pioneer status. There’s a looseness in many of the meanderings here, but the end result is tightly produced and stylish. There is so much to love. Hyde’s impressionist vocal performances are as impressive as ever, evidenced on mellow tunes like Do Breakers Trip, where he vulnerably wonders “What’s that voice? Is it in my head?” amid a backdrop of warm keys, soft percussion and weird background mutterings. Modern classic STAR is a frenetic and soothing earworm, while Doscentitos is a moody, downtempo number, anchored by beautiful keys and sax stabs, intertwined with Hyde’s soft vocal. The scale of this project is impressive. Hyde and Smith, for so long dependable stalwarts of the evolving electronic music scene, have put it all on the line here, and have pulled it off in spectacular fashion. Ambitious, expansive and danceable, DRIFT Series 1 is a triumph of modern electronica that’s not to be missed.
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