31 October 2019
DRIFT Series 1 is the tenth studio album by the British electronic group Underworld, released on 1 November 2019. It is the conclusion of the first year of the band's year-long music-and-video experiment DRIFT.
The band planned to conclude the project after its 52-week run, posting on 21 May 2019 details about the new album DRIFT SONGS, as a single-CD, double vinyl, and a 6-CD, 1-Blu-ray box set. But with the release of the last song of Episode 5, on 12 September 2019, Underworld announced the DRIFT project will continue on for another year. The now-renamed DRIFT Series 1, was released exactly one year after the launch of the series, as a box set featuring 7 CDs, a Blu-ray, and an 80-page book documenting the creative process around DRIFT. A single-disc DRIFT Series 1 Sampler Edition was also released simultaneously.
The full edition of DRIFT Series 1 features the expanded and reproduced tracks, videos and written text released throughout the series, and material the duo worked on but wasn't releasing before and during the DRIFT project. It's the band's first full-length release since 2016's album Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future, and the first physically released music since 2018’s collaborative EP with Iggy Pop, Teatime Dub Encounters.
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