Artist of the Week: Eno • Hyde
When the generation-defining Trainspotting soundtrack was released back in 1996, nobody would have guest that two of the most preeminent featured artists would collaborate almost two decades later releasing two fascinating records in the space of four months. If the Danny Boyle film soundtrack was, at the time, a major breakthrough for the house music and electronica band Underworld, the record was also a rare opportunity for Brian Eno to showcase his ambient work to a wider audience and a new generation unfamiliar to his most challenging work. In a way, Someday World and High Life, the two recently released full-lengthen efforts of the rather surprising Brian Eno and Underworld-frontman Karl Hyde collaboration have all the ingredients to become also an important chapter in the career of two visionary musicians whose later offerings have failed to make any impact outside of their cult. Whether one feels more inclined to High Life’s funky grooves and warm textures or to Someday World’s busy and sunny rhythms, both records are here to remind us why Brian Eno and Karl Hyde were responsible for some of the most enduring popular music in heart of several generations.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.