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Underworld / Drift Series 1 box

Underworld / Drift series 1 box set

Underworld‘s ‘Drift’ project kicked off a year ago with Rick Smith and Karl Hyde aiming to create and publish music and film episodically for 52 weeks. The idea was to capture”one year inside the minds of Underworld”. The fruits of that labour are now being issued as a seven-disc box set and a special highlight ‘sampler’ editions.

In the last year, five self-contained episodes were released (respectively in November, January, March, May and August) and collectively they form Drift Series 1 which is now issued box set features seven CDs, a blu-ray and an 80-page colour book.

The blu-ray features a series of films that take you from “Shibuya Crossing to the Moroccan desert to rural Essex via the inside of supercomputer”. The book documents the entire Drift ‘journey’ from start to finish in interviews with Rick Smith, Karl Hyde along with pictures, poems, commentary and lyrics.

If that’s all too much, then single CD and double LP ‘Sampler’ editions are also available (the CD sampler is disc seven in the box).

All versions of Drift Series 1 are released on 22 November 2019 (previously 1 November).

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CD1 – Ep 1 DUST
Another Silent Way
Dexters Chalk
Low Between Zebras
Universe Of Can When Back
Brilliant Yes That Would Be
Another Silent Way / Drift Poem / Better Than Diamonds (previously unreleased)
One True Piano Need Hand (previously unreleased)

CD2 – Ep 2 ATOM
Appleshine
Molehill
Threat Of Rain
Brussels
Soniamode (Aditya Game)
Appleshiner (previously unreleased)
Roof Off (previously unreleased)

CD3 – Ep 3 HEART
Dune
Custard Speedtalk
This Must Be Drum Street
Pinetum
Poet Cat
Do Breakers Trip (previously unreleased)
Seven Music Drone (previously unreleased)

CD4 – Ep 4 SPACE
Listen To Their No
Schiphol Test
Hundred Weight Hammer
Doris
Altitude Dub
Border Country
Big Bear (previously unreleased)

CD5 – Ep 5 GAME
Toluca Stars
Mile Bush Pride
Imagine A Box
Tree And Two Chairs
Give Me The Room
S T A R
Doscientos (previously unreleased)
Two Arrows (previously unreleased)
A Moth At The Door (previously unreleased)

CD6 – Underworld and The Necks
Appleshine Continuum
A Very Silent Way
Altitude Dub Continuum (previously unreleased)

CD7 – DRIFT Series 1 Sampler
Appleshine
This Must Be Drum Street
Listen To Their No
Border Country
Mile Bush Pride
Schiphol Test
Brilliant Yes That Would Be
S T A R (Rebel Tech)
Imagine A Box
Custard Speedtalk

Blu-ray – DRIFT Series 1 – The Films
Drift Trailer
Another Silent Way
Dexter’s Chalk
Low Between Zebras
Universe Of Can When Back
A Very Silent Way
Appleshine
Molehill
Threat Of Rain
Brussels
Soniamode (Aditya Game Version)
Appleshine Continuum
Dune
Custard Speedtalk
This Must Be Drum Street
Pinetum
Poet Cat
Listen To Their No
Schiphol Test
Hundred Weight Hammer
Doris
Altitude Dub
Border Country
Toluca Stars
Mile Bush Pride
Imagine A Box
Tree And Two Chairs
Give Me The Room
S T A R
Brilliant Yes That Would Be

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Greg Clow

According to an order update I got today from Amazon UK, the release date for the box has been pushed out to November 22nd. The product listing on Amazon DE has been updated to show the same date.

bertielego

Best box set of 2019, IMHO. Ordered a signed/numbered copy on the band’s site back in May as soon as I received the mail, as well as the colored vinyl… couldn’t resist ;-)

Only wished the sampler CD & LP kept their originally planned title “Drift Songs”; it sounds and looks better than “Drift Series 1 – Sampler Edition”.

saintrik

There is also a 2CD Japanese version of the Drift – Series 1 Sampler Edition available for order.

CD 1:
1. Appleshine
2. This Must Be Drum Street
3. Listen To Their No
4. Border Country
5. Mile Bush Pride
6. Schiphol Test
7. Brilliant Yes That Would Be
8. S T A R (Rebel Tech)
9. Imagine a Box
10. Custard Speedtalk

CD 2:
1. Low Between Zebras
2. Toluca Stars
3. Doris
4. A Moth At The Door
5. Dune
6. Hundred Weight Hammer
7. Do Breakers Trip
8. Molehill

Richard

Got to say personally that i have found all the Drift tracks very half baked so far (have much preferred the free download jams from last decade which have all been excellent and would have gladly paid for a physical copy of those.
I’m hoping they might have worked on a few of them some more before this comes out because, even though will probably buy, am not that excited so far.
A couple of them did sound pretty good live though when i saw them at Village Underground last Dec.

Stevr

The last 19 years Underworld’s material has been half baked so no difference there.

Richard

The bonus downloads not included are sadly much better than any of the Drift material which is on the whole average at best, there’s not one of the tracks that I could say I have wanted to listen to more than a couple of times, i’m really hoping that they have worked on some of them a bit more for the physical release.
10 tracks of quality material would have been much preferred than 50 half baked ones, great price though.

Ross Baker

Yeah, this is a truly excellent set, more than half of the tracks are album-worthy, and most of the others are fascinating experiments and one-offs. A much more satisfying approach than them recording all this and only releasing eight on an album. The price is unbeatable too.

My only gripe is that with series 2 on its way and likely to be released in the same format this time next year, it looks like the A Hundred Days Off super-deluxe box may be put off again! We’re only a couple of albums away from having every (post-’80s) Underworld in boxes now.

Duncan Whopper

between 8 hours of new Autechre last year and a quintuple LP from Underworld now I can confidently say I made the right choice getting into all this stuff as a teenager

Shane

Sorry but I dont think it says… is this new music (ir new to cd snd previously only heard in those films)?

Ross Baker

All the material was written and released as downloads / streams over the past year – other than a radio edit of Listen to Their No released as a promo CDr, nothing has been released physically to date.

-SG-

This is all new, as in it has been recorded in the last year. Some of it has been released as digital ep’s, but nothing in physical form before. If you are unfamiliar with the drift releases over the past year, then yes, this is ALL new. as you might read, they have also given away some outtakes recorded over the past 20 years through their mailing list, none of that is on this.

Richard

Pre-ordered mine ages. Here’s looking forward a generous, well priced boxset.

Jason

Is this being distributed in the US at all?

Timm Davison

I’ve only found one place doing pre-orders, and that’s only for the vinyl sampler. The CD edition has a tag on Amazon US but nothing actually on offer. My guess is, as we get closer to the actual release date, it probably will be made available. However, I’ve oftentimes found that I save money pre-ordering it from the UK if you’re an Amazon prime member – international postage is only 3.08 pounds, which is a steal. You end up waiting an extra week or so for your stuff to arrive, but the savings make it worth it. Plus, they carry more cool UK stuff because they’re Amazon’s UK-based arm.

deceased

Now that’s how you do a Boxset…excellent content at a reasonable price with no pointless CD/Vinyl duplication…

Even tho most of this has been given away for free throughout the year i’m still in for this…

Excellent stuff…

Peter Muscutt

I think Underworld said there would be some new versions of some tracks that were ‘polished up’ after being made available as free downloads. Also, I understand signed editions were available through the band website (I’m sure I pre ordered a signed copy but the option is no longer there so they might have sold out…) Looking forward to this, it’s certainly an innovative way of releasing music. A shame the ‘bonus’ downloads of demos/jams/rehearsals are not in the set but I’m not complaining as they were also available to download throughout the project. Here’s to Drift Series 2!!

deceased

Yeah, that would be my only (very minor) gripe, that the bonus cuts aren’t in here too but I think some of them were long enough to fill a CD alone so it’s also understandable…

Yeah, glad they’ve committed to another year of this, hope we get another boxset at the end of that too…

Peter Muscutt

I guess the ‘bonus’ downloads they offered weren’t technically new stuff recorded for the Drift project, but old tracks/works in progress so perhaps didn’t really fit in with the new music and visuals being produced.

deceased

Yeah, this is true…could almost make another boxset out of the bonus stuff, i’d be in for that too…