By Jon Blistein
Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde have released "The Satellites," the first taste of their collaborative album, Someday World, out May 6th on Warp. You can take a listen to the bustling dance cut above, which blends rushing tick-tack percussion, striking synth blares and crestfallen, near monotonous, vocals from Eno.
The track also features a number of guest collaborators, including Eno's old Roxy Music cohort Andy Mackay on alto sax and the ambient legend's daughter Darla (credited with lending the track those crucial "Ooh"s). "The Satellites" also includes contibutions from Georgia Gibson on alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, John Reynolds on drums, and producer Fred Gibson on piano, drums, bass and backing vocals.
Eno and Hyde tapped a number of different musicians to help out on the rest of Someday World, including Coldplay drummer Will Champion and his wife Marianne, as well as soul singer Don-E and viola player Nell Catchpole.
You'll also be able to catch Eno singing on "Heavy Seas of Love," the final cut on Everyday Robots, the upcoming solo debut from Gorillaz and Blur's Damon Albarn. "I've gotten to know him since we belong to the same health club, though we engage in very different activities," Albarn said of Eno in a recent chat with Rolling Stone. "Mine are mind-numbing, machine-based running things. He was doing something much more interesting: unisex water aerobics. Even in the health club, he's being Brian Eno. I just figured you don't hear his voice very often, so I thought it would be a great idea to get him to sing."