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Underworld’s Karl Hyde Details ‘Oblivion’

"It didn't feel like, 'oh, this again,'" Hyde tells of the duo's innovative new album.

For their first studio effort in over five years, Oblivion with Bells, due Oct. 16, Karl Hyde, a.k.a. one half of seminal Brit electronic duo Underworld,has emerged to detail their forthcoming effort, one in which both Hydeand Rick Smith employed a fresh perspective and work ethic. “Rick[Smith] started this thing which he called ‘Hotel Room Mode’… we wouldwrite and record music then swap laptops… that’s how it started,” Hydetells of the album’s inception. Later, the seasoned musicianreveals their sessions at Abbey Road Studios, in which the “esotericUnderworld” surfaces, divulges projects the two knob twiddlers haveundertaken since 2002’s A Hundred Days Off, and discusses thegravity of his musical partnership with Smith: “Rick, to me, is themost inspiring musician I’ve ever worked with.”

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