Classic Album of the Week: Underworld-dubnobasswithmyheadman

My latest idea is to listen primarily to one classic record while walking to and from class all week and make a post about it on Saturdays.  First up is Underworld’s dubnobasswithmyheadman.

Underworld’s 1994 record is a lengthy trance effort that bends elements of rock and minimal wave into a techno setting.  With Karl Hyde’s jaunting vocal efforts bouncing over massive grooves built up by instrumental and synthetic elements, the record hearkens back to the 80s, while pushing forward to the underground dance scene of the 90s.  The group also manages to use a great deal of different centerpieces when constructing their tune.  From “ME’s” vocal sample, to the pummeling drums of “Mmm Skyscraper I Love You,” the band constantly challenges themselves to construct their wall of sound on a different foundation, making the 72 minute album pass by with ease.

-Donovan Burtan

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