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Underworld and Iggy Pop announce EP collaboration

Underworld and Iggy Pop have announced details of a new four-track EP, Teatime Dub Encounters, due for release 27th July.

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 bookended the first Trainspotting film two decades previously.

Says Rick Smith, “Iggy was staying at The Savoy and graciously said 'Yeah you know we can meet and talk about something' because we both felt a strong connection to Trainspotting and to Danny (Boyle, Trainspotting director). I turned up thinking I've got one chance here to convince this gentleman that we should work together. So I turned up with basically half my studio, hired a hotel room, set up and sat waiting.”

From the other side of the coin, Iggy Pop says, “When you are confronted with somebody who has a whole bloody studio there in the hotel room, a Skype’d director who has won the Oscar recently, and a fucking microphone in front of you and 30 finished pieces of very polished music, you don't want to be the wimp that goes 'Uh uhhh', so my mind was racing.”

The first track from Teatime Dub Encounters - ‘Bells & Circles’ – was premiered live as part of Underworld’s recent headline performance at the BBC Biggest Weekend Belfast. A second track, ‘I’ll See Big’, which is available now, is a wash of gorgeous ambient sound that features Iggy recounting how friends - however dysfunctional –-have saved him from a lifetime of bad decisions. The lyrics for ‘I’ll See Big’ were inspired by a conversation Iggy had with Danny Boyle about the subtext of T2 Trainspotting.

Later this month, 71-year-old Iggy will support Queens of the Stone Age in London’s Finsbury Park on 30th June.


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