“Recorded in a hastily convened London hotel room-studio, it’s a testimony to the refined operations of both parties that this four-track EP sounds so fully realized… a two-stepping, fist-pumping bid for festival dominance” Mojo
“This four-track EP is not only a belter: it features both at their very best” Q
“Drenched in trippy, dark electro” NME
“Underworld’s slick production and Iggy Pop’s unmistakeable voice” Mixmag
“Instantly iconic” Clash
“A unique alliance from two sides of pop music” Louder Than War
“Sort of a four-track clash of the titans… (Iggy’s) elastic bellow turns out to be the perfect foil for the group’s heady breakbeat trance-outs” Pitchfork
Underworld and Iggy Pop release their 4 track collaborative EP ‘Teatime Dub Encounters’ today (July 27th) via Caroline International. A video for the EPs final track – ‘Trapped’ – has gone online today, directed by tomato’s Simon Taylor.
While overseeing the soundtrack for T2 Trainspotting, Underworld’s Rick Smith arranged a meeting with Iggy Pop in a room at the Savoy Hotel on London’s Strand to discuss working on collaborative music for the film. Their respective tracks ‘Lust for Life’ and ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’ had perfectly bookended the first Trainspotting film two decades previously. On arrival, Iggy found a fully working studio set up and eagerness to get cracking.
‘Teatime Dub Encounters’ is the result of a few clandestine hotel room recording sessions that began a few weeks after Underworld and Iggy Pop had each released their last albums (‘Barbara, Barbara we face a shining future’ and ‘Post Pop Depression’ respectively) on the same day (March 18th 2016). It is neither historical nor a tribute to past work. It is the work of artists in motion, engaged in a process that both bring to all of their work – one that uses spontaneity as a spur for creativity.
‘Teatime Dub Encounters’‘ tracklisting:
1. Bells & Circles
3. I’ll See Big
4. Get Your Shirt