COVER STORY: IGGY POP & UN­DER­WORLD

Q (UK) - - Contents - y: graph Photo Rob Baker Ash­ton

Come fly with us to Mi­ami, as we join one of mu­sic’s un­like­lier pair­ings over af­ter­noon tea, ably com­pered by their old pal Irvine Welsh.

On 26 May, Un­der­world played the BBC’s Big­gest Week­end in Belfast, where they de­buted Bells & Cir­cles, a new track fea­tur­ing Iggy Pop on vo­cals. The song, which tells the story of Iggy snort­ing co­caine on a flight from New York to Wash­ing­ton, DC in the ’70s with The Stooges, over Un­der­world’s pound­ing techno riff, was the first taste of the se­cret col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two, but not the last. On 27 July, a fur­ther three tracks will be re­leased along­side Bells & Cir­cles on the Teatime Dub En­coun­ters EP. That, though, will be it, for now. Iggy has said that, at 71 years old, he’ll never tour again or record a full al­bum. So how did the ’90s techno dons lure the leg­endary singer out of semi-re­tire­ment in Florida? Their mu­tual friend, Irvine Welsh, au­thor of Trainspot­ting, gath­ers both par­ties to a Mi­ami ho­tel to find out.

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