Contributer: Edouard Hall | Assignment Photographer: Jeff Denton

It has been three years since the release of Underworld’s Oblivion With Bells studio album. Their newly released album entitled Barking made its front row debut to a full house last Wednesday, taking place at the iconic Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Primarily known for their eclectic electronic sound, the British duo Karl Hyde and Rick Smith return with a fusion of heady beats and dubstep beginning with the lead single “Scribble” co-produced by Welsh DJ High Contrast. Barking take a journey into the listeners audio frame with feature track collaborations, that include Dubfire (Deep Dish) co-producing the dark arrangements on “Bird 1” and “Grace”. Paul Van Dyk steps in with his uplifting anthem inspired “Diamond Jigsaw”, as well as teaming up with Mark Knight & D. Ramirez on the rhythmic house vibes of “Always Loved A Film” and a slightly more new wave feel on “Between Stars”.

With lights low and crowd energy high, the evening began with a 2hr set from Chicago’s own Felix da House Cat (Felix Stallings Jr.) aka Aphrohead spinning choice selections and an extended dance mix classic of “Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order and the Soulwax remix of “Kids” by MGMT. Mind blowing visuals set the mood as Underworld took to the stage and the crowd cheered. With the air intoxicated by melody, it was at the end of the their set that Underworld blessed the audience with a spiritual version of “Born Slippy” while the audience sang in unison. It was this commercially successful track featured on their second studio album, Second Toughest In The Infants, used by Danny Boyle in the contemporary cult classic film Trainspotting. In a time where excessive stage visuals and backdrops tend to take precedence, it was refreshing to see Underworld in their most raw form- creatively inspired and naturally organic. Take a look at what went down.