If you’ve seen UNDERGROUND SYSTEM live, then you’ve witnessed the ensemble’s larger than life presence.
One of the most dynamic groups to emerge from New York City this decade, Underground System continues to reinvent their brand of global dance music, remaining a force determined to recreate, redefine, and reconstruct. The journey from humble beginnings taking the purist approach to interpreting Fela Kuti’s musical style, to an authentically original, internationally touring indie dance band is a story just beginning to be told.
After time spent developing their sound close to home, the production and release of 2018’s debut LP ‘What Are You’ (Soul Clap Records) proved to be the springboard that set the group in motion. Re-contextualizing and breathing fresh life into elements of afrobeat, dance punk, disco and electronic music, the album was received with international acclaim, setting the band up for their busiest year to date. Following a US Tour in support of the record, Underground System landed a primetime slot at French taste-maker festival Transmusicales in 2018. Their performance garnered international press and promoter attention, paving the road for an 18 show European tour in the Summer of 2019.
With so much artistic inspiration to draw from the fast-paced climate of contemporary culture, Underground System has been back in the studio recording new music in anticipation of a busy 2020.