Pioneering U.K. electronica duo Underworld has set a Sept. 23 international release date for its latest album, "A Hundred Days Off." The set is due a day later in North America via V2 and will be prec
Pioneering U.K. electronica duo Underworld has set a Sept. 23 international release date for its latest album, "A Hundred Days Off." The set is due a day later in North America via V2 and will be preceded on Sept. 2 by first single "Two Months Off." The album is the group's first since the departure of DJ Darren Emerson, whose debut album as a solo artist is expected later this year.
"A big difference with this record was the amount of music I was getting played by [group member] Karl [Hyde] and [collaborator] Steve [Hall] particularly," group member Rick Smith says in a statement. "And unlike any other album before, this was very different. There was this incredible diversity of material which was fantastic most of the time -- world music, beautiful recordings of indigenous tribes playing God knows what, and it was really great."
The 10-track "A Hundred Days Off" is said to be less dark than some of Underworld's past work, with Brazilian rhythms, wedding bells, symphonic techno, and even touches of folk and blues audible in the mix. It's the group's first studio album since 1998's "Beaucoup Fish," which debuted at No. 93 on The Billboard 200 and featured the Dance Music/Club Play hits "Jumbo" (No. 18) and "Push Upstairs" (No. 38). In 2000, Underworld unveiled the live album/video "Everything Everything," which was drawn from performances in California, Japan, and the U.K.
The group has three Creamfields festival appearances on tap for the summer, beginning Aug. 9 outside Prague. Underworld will also play the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium and the Lowlands festival in Dronten, Holland, in late August, but the exact dates have not yet been finalized.
Here are Underworld's tour dates:
Aug. 9: Prague (Labem Airfield Ground)
Aug. 24: Liverpool, England (Old Liverpool Airfield)
Aug. 31: Dublin (Punchestown Race Course)