Music: Barking by Underworld ****
With The Prodigy and Chemical Brothers suffering creative meltdown in recent years, it is refreshing to see one of their mid-1990s contemporaries, Underworld, enjoying a rejuvenation of sorts. Barking is quite a riposte to those of us who had forgotten Karl Hyde and Rick Smith were still a going concern.
This is cinematic electronica of the highest order, inventive and hypnotic and best heard in the wee small hours in a heaving club. It made perfect sense on the drive back to Dublin from Electric Picnic at the weekend after spending the latter part of Friday night in the Body & Soul area.
The album's standout is the eclectic Always Loved a Film, in which house and drum 'n' bass marry in spectacular fashion. It's a visceral track and every bit as captivating as their calling card, Born Slippy.
Burn it: Always Loved a Film