Underworld Has "Beaucoup" To Say About Mainstream Electronica

"Beaucoup Fish," the long-awaited third album by techno-dance act Underworld, arrived on these shores on Tuesday. The record has garnered great reviews for its mix of lush, Detroit-style techno and more aggressive break beats on tracks such as "Jumbo" and the first single, "Push Upstairs."

Three years ago, the U.K. trio had a massive worldwide club hit with a sarcastic poke at pub-crawlers called "Born Slippy." The track appeared on 1996's "Trainspotting" soundtrack as well as 1997's MTV "AMP" compilation.

The current success of acts such as Fatboy Slim and Lo Fidelity Allstars in the U.S. suggests the climate is right for another huge Underworld hit. However, vocalist Karl Hyde doesn't regard the mainstream all that fondly.

[article id="1451478"]"It doesn't sit very well with the people who are making dance music to have it picked up by the industry and waved in its face,"[/article] Hyde told MTV. [article id="1451478"]"That's not what it's about.

It's about people making this music so they could make it themselves and not tow anybody else's line. As soon as it was given a badge like 'electronica,' which was really a pretty sad badge, we were all like, 'this is so cheesy,' and so not what it's about." [28.8 RealVideo][/article]

Underworld kicks off its 12-date U.S. tour on April 20 in Washington, D.C.

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