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UPLP03 Underpass "Apophenia":

Paul Sleeve



Completing the trilogy of albums that began with “Disorienteering”, “Apophenia”, the third album from Underpass is also the last, but easily the most confident, mature and diverse.
The title track sets the tone, with scraping strings, fragile guitars and skittering beats. Equal parts post-rock and glitchy electronica.
“Second Best” neatly side steps between dub step and electro, with crushing beats and ominous vocoder.
“Distant Star” strips everything back to melancholic piano, and fractured downtempo percussion.
“I Am Providence” brings to mind the instrumental guitar sound of bands like Mogwai and Godspeed! You Black Emperor, and strips away the electronics for a more organic sound.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an Underpass album without a collaboration with long term musical cohort Rhodri Viney, and “Breaking” is a product of their mutual passion. Alternating between gentle passages of piano and vocals, and searing down tuned guitars.
Rounding the album out is “Farewell”, a cover of the Jesu classic, and a fitting swan song not only to the album but to Underpass as an entity.
On art duties this time is the prodigiously talented Paul Duffield, well known for his long running graphic novel Freak Angels with the infamous Warren Ellis.

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UPLP02 Underpass "Submergence":

Becky Sleeve



Quotes about this album:
An absolute pleasure to listen to – LSD Magazine
Key Release in Music Week
8 out of 10 – Volksworld Magazine
Greeeaattt! – 9 out of 10 – Penny Black Online Magazine
Loving This – Adam Fogarty (Presenter) – RTE Radio (Ireland)
10/10 Loving This! – Greg Churchill UP-FM New Zealand
Supremly Chilled & Totally Gorgeous – Ann D, BCR Radio 103.1fm
The whole Album is Perfect – Palotale Zsolt – Tilos Radio – Hungary’s largest radio station
10/10 – Underpass is an underated genius – Ben & Lex
Love the melodies in this album – N Type (Rinse FM)
Wow! sounds like an amazing journey! – LLupa NSB Radio
Beautiful – Dan Flynn – Salford City Radio
Beautiful sounds – Hexadecimal

Following the success of last years' "Disorienteering" album, the second Underpass CD drops this June.

Taking things forward from the glitchy electronics and tense guitar scapes of the last record, Submergence ups the ante, with soaring strings and melancholic piano all adding to a more confident and leaner sound than previous releases.

Where opening track "Floating" will be familiar to anyone who enjoyed the last album, tracks like "Decompression" push the envelope with soaring synth and crashing percussion, building to a tense climax.  

Elsewhere "Brittle Star" drifts gently on fragile, spindly notes and glitched percussion, while "Why We Can't Have Nice Things" builds slowly, a wall of distorted and delayed guitars, bowing uncomfortably.

The album has given Underpass a chance to work with some of his favourite peers, once again re-uniting with long time collaborator Rhodri Viney on the track "Capel Celyn", and allowing him to team up with Martin Carr, (Boo Radleys/Brave Captain) The album features stunning art by the Eisner award winning Cartoonist Becky Cloonan, fresh from her work on "Demo" for Vertigo and the art from the recent My Chemical Romance album.

As a youth, Lee Marshall began his musical adventures in a break from the claustrophobia of a dull suburb - by forming a series of guitar-led punk bands. This was roughly the time when creating your own scene was, for him, the only viable option. He continued to apply that ethos while graduating to his latter day work as Underpass, using his own Urban Planning Records label to hold analogue and digital mindsets in tension.

Underpass continues to do remixes and productions for the dancefloor, showing his versatility as a producer. These have included a forthcoming remix of bleep pioneers Unique 3 for Mutate Records, and other tracks for the label that need to stay comfortably under wraps for now.

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UPLP01 Underpass "Disorienteering":

Hannah Sleeve



Quotes about this album:
"profoundly and spectacularly GREAT" Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
"a joy to listen to... an excellent package in every sense." Kruger Magazine

The debut album from Underpass, entitled Disorienteering, will seep into stores this January.

Neatly wrapping up recent productions, it is equal parts glitchy hip-hop, electronica and guitar scapes. In other words, it's the gentler side of his output last heard on his Variable Architecture EP in 2006.

"Channel Zero" has already impressed with its slinky guitar lines and crunched ambience as the online video crept out and netted the track plays from the likes of Bethan Elfyn on BBC Radio One and Adam Walton on BBC Radio Wales. Look out for the next video, "Leigh Delamere", part two of a visual triptych that accompanies the album. Like the music, it hints at a fixation with place, space, transportation and urban sprawl.

Elsewhere, "Sorry To Meet You" keeps the tone subdued with its stuttering edits and shadowy vocoder, while tracks like "Security" and "Wapping" plunge into heavier glitchy hip-hop territory. Away from the electronics, "This Connectivity" stretches and builds a wall of distorted and delayed guitars.

The album has given Underpass a chance to work with some of his favourite peers, crafting the track "Hold Your Dreams In" with long time friend Rhodri Viney, himself a chameleonic musician and vocalist. The artwork and packaging were designed by artist Hannah Biscombe, whose work you may have seen exhibited on the London Underground.

As a youth, Lee Marshall began his musical adventures in a break from the claustrophobia of a dull suburb - by forming a series of guitar-led punk bands. This was roughly the time when creating your own scene was, for him, the only viable option. He continued to apply that ethos while graduating to his latter day work as Underpass, using his own Urban Planning Records label to hold analogue and digital mindsets in tension.

Underpass continues to do remixes and productions for the dancefloor, showing his versatility as a producer. These have included a forthcoming remix of bleep pioneers Unique 3 for Mutate Records, and other tracks for the label that need to stay comfortably under wraps for now.

These days, he always uses the name Underpass. Indeed, those who know him for his bass-heavy club material might find the musicality of this album a surprise. In the words of the man himself, "This album has been a while in the making. It made sense to offer like-minded tracks together. While the music I make doesn't always fit neatly into little genres, it's all me."

http://www.underpass.org.uk

Tracklist:
1. Micronesia [3:41]
2. Security [4:19]
3. A Life More Meaningful [4:20]
4. Wapping [4:45]
5. Channel Zero [4:51]
6. Fingers and Thumbs [3:37]
7. This Connectivity [4:19]
8. Leigh Delamere [4:41]
9. Electric Legoland [5:23]
10. Zombies Ate My Sadness [4:28] (featuring Rhodri Viney)
11. Sorry To Meet You [4:56]
12. Twenty Eight Days [4:04]
13. A Song For Edna [3:21]
14. Hold Your Dreams In [5:49] (featuring Rhodri Viney)

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CDs are now sold out! Sorry :(


UPEP03 Variable Architecture E.P:

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First released on Virus B-23 records in 2006, now available again on Urban Planning.
"Underpass has stepped aside from his upfront electro output with this 5 track ep of sheer sonic warmth. 'Spazhop' introduces itself with subtle electronic percussion and synths joined by the ghostly prescence of a soothing guitar...the sound of glitch hop that envokes emotion and mellow joy. Track two,'Let Go', carries the torch from 'Spazhop' and unfolds into mesmerising downtempo elegance taking in the soundtrack to a sunset over a city with dislocated vocals and washes of blips, bleeps and laidback beats. Following on is 'Sidings', immersed in fluid effects and more horizontal drums. The ep then takes a turning into a wonderland of guitar complemented rhythms and jittery patterns that sway and slide effortlessly. Through 'Anyone' we are lead to he closing piece. A love story of rich hip hop infused beats and floating walls of sound that come from a place where the likes of My Bloody Valentine have in the past created such beautiful pieces of music that are both delicate and confident...'Watching You Sleep', electronic angels that watch over us. A truly involving release destined for many late night moments and memories."

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UPEP02 Transit E.P:

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The second release from Underpass, the Transit e.p.
Four tracks of warmer gentler listening electro.
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UPEP01 Multistorey E.P:

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Out now on Urban Planning records: Underpass. The Multistorey e.p. As played by Si Begg, Scape One, Bass Junkie, Annie Mac, Steve Lamaq and many more.

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Four tracks of scuffling bass-heavy electro.

Limited numbers still available on 12" audiophile 180g Heavyweight Vinyl
Full colour sleeve.