For its first album in five years, pioneering electronica duo Underworld solicited advice from the likes of Brian Eno, U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. and longtime collaborator Darren Price to help sort t

For its first album in five years, pioneering electronica duo Underworld solicited advice from the likes of Brian Eno, U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. and longtime collaborator Darren Price to help sort through nearly 200 pieces of new music.

"These conversations inspired us," group member Karl Hyde says of "Oblivion With Bells" (Side One Recordings), adding that a comment from Price helped turn live favorite "Crocodile" into the top-notch studio version the duo has previously been unable to nail.

Hyde is particularly excited by tracks like the nearly nine-minute closer "Best Mamgu Ever," where "my voice pops out of it in the middle but then vanishes into lush electronics and conversations that are gated," as well as "Glam Bucket," which was intended for use as part of Underworld's score for the Danny Boyle film "Sunshine" but was reclaimed for "Oblivion With Bells."

Elsewhere, the angular "Ring Road" was inspired by a walk Hyde took around his hometown of Romford, England, "with a bitter eye around the time of the World Cup," while "Good Morning Cockerel" is "a very, very simple piece with just my voice and a number of layered pianos. It says something and it leaves, straightaway."

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