Drift is Underworld’s hugely ambitious year-long experiment; an episodic series that sees Underworld record, mix and release music weekly. Each self-contained Drift episode sees Karl Hyde and Rick Smith collaborate with Tomato’s Simon Taylor to produce audio/visual work that fires off tangentially, often inspired by the previous week’s work. Scheduled to run for an entire year, Drift is a fully open recording process; a unique and visionary space the band have created for themselves to exist within, and will cumulate with an album derived from the year’s worth of material Drift Songs in October 2019.
Like everything else that happens in the World of Underworld, Drift is a signpost on an extraordinary journey that began in South Wales and isn’t going to end anytime soon. Every stop is a diversion, a question mark, a cause to celebrate, an inspiration. There is no route map for the road ahead, just an avowed intent to do things differently, perpetually.
Photo: Rob Baker Ashton