Late ’80s/early ’90s rave scene heroes Underworld are refusing to slow down, long after most of their contemporaries have either hung it up or moved on to the nostalgia circuit.. Co-founder Karl Hyde will be releasing his solo debut in April. The nine-song record will be called Edgeland. Here’s a clip from the press release:
It features nine tracks that were recorded over a year in London with multi-instrumentalist and producer Leo Abrahams (whom Karl met whilst collaborating with Brian Eno on Pure Scenius). Edgeland is a graceful and meditative collection that explores the limitless possibilities of what late film director Anthony Minghella christened ‘esoteric Underworld’ – something that’s existed on record since Dubnobasswithmyheadman.
Edgeland is released in Japan on April 10th and across the rest of the world on April 22nd on deluxe CD/DVD, standard CD, download and 12” vinyl. It is also available for physical pre-order in the underworldlive shop. The first 150 pre-orders from underworldlive (across all physical formats) will each receive a unique, signed and numbered photograph taken by Karl documenting the journeys through the edgelands that inspired the album. Each physical format purchase will also receive a digital version of the album in their inbox on the day of release (we of course aim to have pre-ordered physical stock with you on or very close to that date).
Bandmate Rick Smith, who was the musical director for the Opening Ceremonies at this past summer’s London Olympics, has written and recorded the score for Danny Boyle’s next movie, Trance, which opens in March.
Both men are literally old enough to be Porter Robinson’s dad.
You can listen to the first single from Edgeland, “Cut Clouds,” below.