Underworld are preparing to release a four-track EP recorded with Iggy Pop. The EP is called ‘Teatime Dub Encounters’ and will be issued via Caroline International on 27 July.
The collaboration began when Underworld’s Rick Smith was overseeing the soundtrack for Danny Boyle’s ‘T2 Trainspotting’ and arranged to meet Iggy at the Savoy Hotel in London to discuss a possible piece for the film. When he arrived at the meeting, Iggy found that Smith had a fully working studio set up in his hotel room.
“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,” says Smith, referring to the fact that Iggy’s ‘Lust For Life’ and Underworld’s ‘Born Slippy’ had bookended the first ‘Trainspotting’ film in 1996. “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.”
“When you are confronted with somebody who has a whole bloody studio there in the hotel room, a Skyped director who has won the Oscar recently, 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,” says Iggy.
‘Teatime Dub Encounters’ is the result of a number of clandestine hotel room recording sessions over the next few months. The opening track, ‘Bells & Circles’, was premiered as part of Underworld’s recent headlining set at the BBC Biggest Weekend event in Belfast. A second track from the EP, ‘I’ll See Big’, was uploaded to YouTube a few days ago.