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Old 10-28-2021, 06:28 AM
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Drop #5 - Dark & Long (Dark Train) Limited Drop

Released in the summer of 1994, one could argue that Dark Train was Underworld’s first proper anthem. Where previous singles Mmm… Skyscraper I Love You, Rez and Cowgirl had provided the soundtrack to countless nights in dank basements and underground clubs, Dark Train drove a hole directly through the walls and parked itself on the main dance floor. It quickly crossed from techno world and into the super clubs - those buttoned up, shiny new sonic meccas that sprang up all over the UK in the mid ’90s. Once there, it began to shape the sounds around it, an irrepressible, irresistible virus in the mainstream. Often imitated over the years, Dark Train was never equalled.

Ostensibly a remix of Dark & Long, in reality this was always very much its own thing. Completely reimagined from the original, it was an irrepressible groove, a signal to move and an instruction to ride the train with zero regard for the destination. Eighteen months after release and club ubiquity, the track gained a post-club afterlife in Danny Boyle’s 1996 film Trainspotting. There, it formed part of an unforgettable juxtaposition in the film’s cold turkey scene - the claustrophobic, bedroom bound visuals offset by the relentless elation of the music.

This new mix of Dark Train builds on Underworld’s recent live performances of the track. For this exclusive release, Underworld have reimagined the original mix in the Pigshed as if it were being played out, and we were stood together in field or concert hall, riding that train together.


Over on the other side...

If Dark Train is the sound of an endless 2am wreathed in heavy strobes and sweet smoke, Most ‘Ospitable is the total contrast.

It is sunrise over the city, streets almost silent as errant wildlife retreats into its safe corners. It is the moon still visible in new bright daylight. Serene like the glistening sea lapping pebbles on the shore; like a carpet of dew underfoot. Like six minutes of ecstatic peace. One of Underworld’s first forays into pure ambient sound, it has been unavailable on vinyl since the original 12” release in 1994 as part of the Dark and Long single package.

Orders ship: 19th November 2021

Side A1: Underworld - Dark & Long (Drift 2 Dark Train)
Side B1: Underworld - Dark & Long (Most ‘Ospitable)
Side B2: Underworld - Dark & Long (Dark Train)

Produced by Rick Smith
Performed by Underworld
Written by Rick Smith, Karl Hyde, and Darren Emerson
Mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios

Rick Smith & Karl Hyde are published by Mute Song Ltd. (PRS) for the world excluding the USA, Canada and Mexico and by Big Deal Beats (BMI) administered by Words & Music for USA, Canada and Mexico. Darren Emerson is published by Universal Music Publishing.
(p) & (c) 2021 Smith Hyde Productions

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