Underworld – Jumbo

Some electronic music vastly exceeds its space-you-out-and-dance remit. Underworld were a rock band before they ventured into their celebrated and highly individual take on the genre and they remain (alongside Orbital) my favourite of the post-rave electronic artists. Their compositional sense elevates dance music to a sophisticated level, but their rave roots touch upon worlds beyond this one.

Don’t quite know what it is about this that makes me feel so very emotional.. I’ve yet to work it out. It’s something to do with the uplifting optimism of the music with the intimacy and banal delivery of the vocal, and the “found” collaged speech.. it opens up a crack in reality, into which I fall.

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One Reply to “Underworld – Jumbo”

  1. Yes yes yes ! This is THE Underworld track from Beaucoup Fish. One of my favourite festival moments ever was Glastonbury 2000, where in the break with all the lovely chords at 1’55” everything turned yellow…

    Another was at a festival in Brighton, during Rowla (a track I never understood until I heard it in a tent with 3000 other people, all of whom went mental at exactly the same moment, because Rick Smith twisted the knob on a resonant filter *just so*…

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