Karl Hyde

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As one half of the seminal electronic duo Underworld for more than 25 years, Karl Hyde released his debut solo album in 2013. Titled Edgeland, the nine-track record is deliberately more spontaneous and organic compared to his work with Underworld. Edgeland was co-produced by Leo Abrahams (Pulp, Brian Eno).


Hyde described the themes behind his solo debut: “The beauty of decay, tyre marks, crude graffiti, industrial noise, overheard conversations, epidemics of coffee bars and nights on the back seat being driven through cities by drivers who never sleep. A celebration of people’s idiosyncrasies, mapping out my journeys with the stories they tell, edgelands where city meets scrub, where ragged ponies grazed annexed fields and the air smells chemical.”


Karl Hyde formed Underworld with Rick Smith in 1987. Equally adept at recording ‘dancefloor anthems’ as they are at producing esoteric musical ‘soundscapes’, the band have recorded soundtracks for films by Danny Boyle and Anthony Minghella, scored theatre pieces for the National Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland and most recently provided the soundtrack to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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