Underworld, one of electronic music’s most iconic duos, have been out of the spotlight as of late, but with this Friday’s opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics; this could not be a better comeback. Talk about long overdue attention and recognition—not to mention an opportunity of a lifetime, which they gladly accepted.
Brought on to the project by Danny Boyle, a film director and creative director for this year’s Olympics, this alliance with Underworld as musical director dates back to their work together on Trainspotting and Underworld’s world hit, “Born Slippy.”
With the Olympic playlist leaked, it reveals a Great Britain pop cocktail of sorts that is heavily comprised of classics from the greatest bands and singers (from England, of course) along with a splash of electronica. It has also been announced that there will be new productions from The Chemical Brothers and Mark Ronson featuring Katy B. For rock band Muse, who commonly use electronica samples in their songs, their song, "Survival," does not seem to quite cut it for fans.
However with Underworld as music directors, it should give us major confidence that the opening ceremony’s performances and music will be a royal extravagance. According to Pitchfork and an official press release, “the opening ceremony was inspired by Caliban’s dream in The Tempest.”
After the opening ceremonies on July 27, the music album titled Isles of Wonder—Music For The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 will be released and available immediately on iTunes for download after the events on Saturday, July 29. As for the closing ceremony album, A Symphony of British Music—Music for the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games will be available for download on August 12, 2012.
As electronic music continues to make its way through the commercial arenas of concerts, festivals, radio play and the multi-national event that is the Olympics, this can only lead to grander things for the dance community. So take it away Underworld as millions of spectators await and let the games begin!