Friday Music Pick - Underworld and Iggy Pop

Icon and legend are words commonly bandied about to describe artists in all fields at the moment, some deserved, most not but there is no denying that both Iggy Pop and Underworld are worthy of that description.

Iggy Pop, the former frontman of The Stooges and friend and colleague of David Bowie, has been pushing boundaries for a long time is showing no signs of slowing up. The man behind seminal songs such as 'Lust For Life', 'Real Wild Child (Wild One)' and 'The Passenger' still has plenty left to offer. So his chance collaboration with Underworld who are no strangers to iconic tunes themselves as the geniuses behind one of the most enduring dance tunes of all time, 'Born Slippy'.  Their respective tracks Lust for Life and Born Slippy (Nuxx) had perfectly bookended the first Trainspotting film. On arrival, Iggy found a fully working studio set up and eagerness to get cracking. But it is better than good.

The Iconic sounds of Underworld and Iggy Pop roll back the years


While overseeing the soundtrack for T2 Trainspotting, Underworld’s Rick Smith arranged a meeting with Iggy in a room at The Savoy Hotel on London’s Strand to discuss working on collaborative music for the film. On arrival, Iggy found a fully working studio set up and eagerness to get cracking.

Iggy was staying at The Savoy and graciously said ‘yeah you know we can meet and talk about something’ because we both felt a strong connection to Trainspotting and to Danny. I turned up thinking I’ve got one chance here to convince this gentleman that we should work together. So I turned up with basically half my studio, hired a hotel room, set up and sat waiting.
—  Rick Smith - Underworld

The project titled interestingly "Teatime Dub Encounters" is to be released as a 4 track EP on July 28 and so far via streaming services we have heard three tracks and they are outstanding, original and the sound of the summer. Expect them to be festival favourites this year.

When you are confronted with somebody who has a whole bloody studio there in the hotel room, a Skyped director who has won the Oscar recently and a fucking microphone in front of you and 30 finished pieces of very polished music, you don’t want to be the wimp that goes ‘uh uhhh’, so my mind was racing
— Iggy POp

It's Underworld and their unmissable hypnotic basslines, coupled with the brilliant Iggy Pop sound reciting prose on the first track from Teatime Dub Encounters – Bells & Circles. The track reminisces about the halcyon days of being allowed to smoke on an aeroplane and other such wonderful memories that drive this insanely catchy tune. Check out the video and the track.


The second track is quite a different beast than “Bells & Circles.”  An ambient, soleful tune, “I’ll See Big” provides an impressionistic piece for Pop to again go into his droll meditation mode. This time around, it’s a lot less frantic, and his age giving him grit and tone in his voice as he reflects on friendships through the decades, and what a few might think of him when he’s gone. The lyrics were supposedly inspired by a conversation Iggy had with Trainspotting director Danny Boyle about the film’s underlying core themes of friendship.  Check it out below.


The third track released so far is the glorious "Get Your  Shirt". A 7 minute classic and trust us, this will be the sound of the summer.   And now it’s Underworld’s turn to shine. With very few words from Iggy Pop, and some actual singing by him this time around, the track is a blissful invitation to the dance floor. Get Your Shirt is a lament to bad decisions, regrettable rips-offs, presidential flirts and unlovable jerks, all set to a properly irresistible electronic swirl. Drenched in trippy, dark electro, if you don't dance to this then you must be glued to the floor. Enjoy. The video directed by long time collaborator Simon Taylor ( Work Not Work ).



01 “Bells & Circles”
02 “Trapped”
03 “I’ll See Big”
04 “Get Your Shirt”

The Teatime Dub Encounters EP is out 7/27 via Caroline International. Pre-order it here.