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(Well *I* couldn't see c/d s/d in the archive.) Seems the latest single isn't going down too well with IL*ers. I concurr with whoever said it sounds like an old New Order song.

I must confess I do not rate the chemicals. I *really* like Private Psychedelic Reel, then it all tapers off very quickly. I mean I'll dance to their choons, it does its stuff, and i've enjoyed a couple of live DJ sets. But the studio albums -- nah. And that's odd cos i do like a lot of stuff where people would say "oh then you'd like the chemicals". What am i missing out? (search) What is putting me off? (destroy)

Alan Trewartha, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

big beat answers

Alan Trewartha, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

'Exit Planet Dust' passed me by. I didn't really like 'Dig Your Own Hole' - some good ideas, but a bit grim n' grainy. Possibly a reaction against what big-beat was 'supposed' to deliver? Surrender is much better - to me, (admittedly not fluent in all things modern- electronic. I have conversational 'dance' only), it seems like an enjoyable riffle thru various similar-but-not-the-same genres. 'Sunshine Underground' builds beautifully, 'Orange Wedge' and 'Got Glint' burble fruitily, and only 'Out Of Control' disappoints. Good stuff.

Dr. C, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I love all their albums. And I think Starguitar is excellent, I was a bit worried after "It began in Afrika", which was good but sounded like it could have been made in the Surrender sessions and not used.

Search:Most of Surrender (excluding annoying Johnathan Donohue collaboration, Most of Exit Planet Dust. The Beth Orton song on Dig Your Own Hole.

Destroy:About half of Dig Your Own Hole which I used to like but sounds pretty dated now.

Ronan, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I still think that _Surrender_ is a huge waste of time. The only songs on there that make any connection for me at all are "Out Of Control" and "Hey Boy Hey Girl". (If I could remember the name of the song before "HBHG" I'd list that, too.) They would have been better off releasing a couple of EPs and shit-canning most of the tracks on that album (especially "Music: Response", grr).

_Exit Planet Dust_ is a good album, but _Dig Your Own Hole_ is fantastic. Anything with "Block Rockin' Beats", "Electrobank", "It Doesn't Matter", "Setting Sun", "Where Do I Begin?", and "The Private Psychedelic Reel" on it is a must. _Come With Us_ certainly seems like a return to form; "Star Guitar" is the best single they've released since "Hey Boy Hey Girl".

Dan Perry, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I used to think DYOH was better than Surrender, in fact I remember having this conversation before but I'm not sure anymore. Elektrobank is dare I say it, one of their best songs.

Ronan, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I think that part of my issue with _Surrender_ is that I was expecting an album full of bugged-out trancey anthems (based on the tracks at the end of _DYOH_, the live version of "Setting Sun", and "Hey Boy Hey Girl"), and when I got _Dig Your Own Hole_-castoffs mixed in with a couple of bangin' tracks I got testy.

Dan Perry, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Dig Your Own Hole is an amazing record. Funking and rocking and fantastically sequenced. Surrender was the let-down to me, although Music: Response is one of my favourite Chems tracks. The new album is better, not fantastic, but well done. The Richard Ashcroft track is awful, as every review seems to mention. All Chemical Brothers albums start off great. They truly know how to open an album. Also check for their Primal Scream remix of Jailbird and the Spiritualized remix (I Think I'm In Love) is also quite a trip.

JoB, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I hate Big Beat. Not as bad as New Beat, but it's close.

helenfordsdale, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

"Where Do I Start" is one of my all time favorite songs.

Ally, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Start The Stuarte!

Jeff W, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Destroy: the 2nd part of 'Exit Planet Dust. Destroy: 'Settin Shite' and 'Block Fartin Beats'. Destroy: the Noel track on 'Surrender', Destroy: the 2nd part of 'Come With Us'. 'Jailbird' rmx = average, instead look for the rmx they did of Sabres of Paradise 'Towtruck' IIRC. Search the stuff they did as Dust Bros, 'Out of Control', 'Hey Girl, Hey Boy', 'Afrika', 'Hoops' and all the first tracks on the albums.

Omar, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Search - Loops of Fury EP , Live at the Social Vol-1 Mix , Morning Lemon - Blockrockin Beats B-side , Base 6 - B-side Starguitar , Everything Must Go Remix , Voodoo People Remix , Private Psychedelic Reel ;

Destroy - It began in Afrika , Not Another Drugstore , My Mercury Mouth , Her Jazz.

dave C, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

it all started with big beat, hip hop without any hiphop.. Destroy, everything except star guitar*****

jk, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

'asleep from day' featuring hope sandoval is like shafts of heroin sunlight.

beautiful.

DESTROY EVERYTHING ELSE.

david, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

"Dope Coil", "Chemical Beats", "One Too Many Mornings" (can you tell which 12" I have?? :) )

I think their style was so perfectly realized right from the start that they've had nowhere to go with it. And haven't done, really.

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I really like "Star Guitar" - blatant imitations of "Soon" are still not so commonplace that they lose their effectiveness.

Otherwise, search:

"Block Rockin' Beats" as performed live; "Life Is Sweet"; "One Too Many Mornings"; "Alive, Alone"; "Orange Wedge"; "Hey Boy, Hey Girl"; "Got Glint?"; all of Dig Your Own Hole.

Tim, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

blatant imitations of "Soon" are still not so commonplace that they lose their effectiveness

I must hear this song, clearly.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Search: Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go (Chemical mix) Bomb the Bass - Bug Powder Dust (Chemical mix) Primal Scream - Burning Wheel (Chemical Mix) St.Etienne - Like a Moterway (Chemical Mix)

Destroy: Block Rockin Beats

I'd have to say that the reason that most people don't really like the new stuff is that since DYOH and maybe before, people have been expecting "Big Beat" but the chems have been steadily doing more.. dare I say trancey stuff. I couldn't really care less. They've usually had around one song on each album that I wasn't too interested in, with the exception of "Exit". on DYOH it was Block Rockin, On Surrender it was Orange Wedge. Realistically The Chems aren't very US dancefloor. But they are inspiring. to cut the babbling I think that thier remix work is often some of thier best.

Fidel, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Also the Method Man remix.

Honda, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Actually Fidel it's the blatant big beat retreads that annoy most these days.

Tim, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I loved Big Beat but they were wise to jump off the ship as it was sinking. And they went their own way etc etc.

They could have ended up like Fatboy Slim. It makes me cry to listen to "Halfway between the blah blah blah" knowing that "Better Living Through Chemistry" was so good. I thought anyway. Halfway between was so overproduced and fiddly. It sounded like he was trying to cram in as many hooks as humanly possible into songs liks "Ya Mama". And it just didn't work.

Ronan, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I'd have to say that the reason that most people don't really like the new stuff is that since DYOH and maybe before, people have been expecting "Big Beat" but the chems have been steadily doing more.. dare I say trancey stuff.

But I _wanted_ an album full of stuff like "Hey Boy Hey Girl"! I thought that was their new direction and, when I heard nonsense like "Music: Response" and "Let Forever Be" coming out of my speakers when I played the album, I got deeply annoyed.

Dan Perry, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I liked all of the Chemicals Manics remixes, actually.

Ally, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

The strings from Everything Must Go always had potential.

Ronan, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I hate the Chemical Brothers. But I like that new one, cos it doesn't sound anything like them, eg no terrible Fatboy Slim style samples. You know what I mean.

DG, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Search: NME Xmas Dust Up '94 - My first exposure to the Chems was this top notch mixtape, twenty minutes of class proto-bigbeat before slamming into La Tristessa Durera, the Manics' finest moment and one of the few records you can legitimately headbang to.

Destroy: Afrika, obviously. You can see what they're trying to do - house music has been itching for a Kings Of The Wild Frontier influence for a while now - but it doesn't quite come off. <gervais>Shame.</gervais>

Mike Ratford, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I know they had a change forced on them but isn't 'The Chemical Brothers' a crap name? 'Hey, we do drugs and are down with the kids, aren't we groovey!'

stevo, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

you see all this talk about the Manic Street Porters is really off putting. so just stop ok. i'll try some of the specific stuff mentioned via audiogalaxy, but i can't say this thread has changed my mind much. setting sun was terrible.

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

d'oh, i meant the janet street preachers

Alan Trewartha, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Alan, have you heard the live trancey version of "Setting Sun"? That's AMAZING.

Dan Perry, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Stevo I love the name so it must work exactly like that.

Ronan, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

so does anyone else have the new one yet? i picked it up today, and i can't decide what i think of it. (listening to it low at work isnt helping. tonite in the car will be the real test.)

jess, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I love them but have no money. dear oh dear, I admittedly spent my money on ensuring I see them this Friday in London, but still.

Ronan, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

six years pass...

This just in:

Following their fifth consecutive number 1 album last year, the Grammy award winning ‘We Are The Night’, The Chemical Brothers return with ‘Brotherhood’ a best of collection with a kick and a twist, set for release on 1st September 2008.

In a career that to date has spanned 13 years and accrued 9 million record sales Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons have established themselves as true pioneers of electronic music and as The Chemical Brothers they have become one of the most popular dance acts of all time. Now seems the perfect time to take stock of their seminal output with the double disc celebration that is Brotherhood.

Brotherhood comprises of 2 discs, the first is a collection of 14 undeniable benchmark Singles from the bands immense back catalogue and new track ‘Keep My Composure’ which features the shimmering flow of Baltimore’s Spank Rock.

The 2nd will feature exclusively Electronic Battle Weapons 1-10. Since 1996 Electronic Battle Weapons have acted as the laboratories for The Chems devious musical experiments and laid the rhythmic and melodic foundations for numerous tracks as well as providing some of the duos most formidable mixes. Until now Electronic Battle Weapons1-9 have only been available on various limited formats and this is the first time they have been widely available.

Brotherhood will be preceded by the digital download single Midnight Madness. Derived and developed from Electronic Battle Weapons 10 Midnight Madness is The Chemical Brothers at there most infectious, euphoric, report to the dancefloor best.

Midnight Madness is released on the 18th August.
Brotherhood is released on 1st September both on Freestyle Dust/Virgin Records

TRACKLISTING

DISC 1

1. Galvanize
2. Hey Boy Hey Girl
3. Block Rockin’ Beats
4. Do It Again
5. Believe
6. Star Guitar
7. Let Forever Be
8. Leave Home
9. Keep My Composure
10. Saturate
11. Out Of Control
12. Midnight Madness
13. The Golden Path
14. Setting Sun
15. Chemical Beats

DISC 2
1-10 Electronic Battle Weapons

CharlieNo4, Friday, 18 July 2008 11:37 (eleven years ago) link

compare with the last best-of, which came out in 2004:

1. Song To The Siren
2. Chemical Beats
3. Leave Home
4. Setting Sun
5. Block Rockin' Beats
6. Private Psychedelic Reel
7. Hey Boy Hey Girl
8. Let Forever Be
9. Out Of Control
10. Star Guitar
11. Test
12. Get Yourself High - Chemical Brothers & K-Os
13. Golden Path - Chemical Brothers & The Flaming Lips

CharlieNo4, Friday, 18 July 2008 11:39 (eleven years ago) link

EBWs
It Doesn't Matter
Don't Stop The Rock
Under The Influence
Freak Of The Week
It Began In Afrika
Hoops
Galvanize
Saturate
ebw9 = ?
ebw10 = ?

blueski, Friday, 18 July 2008 11:45 (eleven years ago) link

According to the press release, ebw10 = Midnight Madness.

HI DERE, Friday, 18 July 2008 12:25 (eleven years ago) link

#7 was Acid Children, not Gavanise

press release sez Midnight Madness is not #10 but is based on it

energy flash gordon, Friday, 18 July 2008 14:06 (eleven years ago) link

(and EBW6 was a remix after the fact, not a trial early version like most of the others)

energy flash gordon, Friday, 18 July 2008 14:08 (eleven years ago) link

i heard EBW6 way before Hoops. got info re 7 from discogs tho.

blueski, Friday, 18 July 2008 14:09 (eleven years ago) link

"shimmering flow of Baltimore’s Spank Rock."

Shimmering?

Raw Patrick, Friday, 18 July 2008 14:24 (eleven years ago) link

babbling brook more like

blueski, Friday, 18 July 2008 14:33 (eleven years ago) link

.

Mark G, Friday, 18 July 2008 14:36 (eleven years ago) link

other than the limited teaser extra cd, i just dont see who this is aimed at.
surely, any casual fans already have the current 'best of' collection, especially seeing as the cd is stocked at bargain basement prices.
truly baffling.

mark e, Friday, 18 July 2008 14:42 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, in Australia the current in-print version is the best-of, the bonus disc from the first release, AND the DVD best-of, all in a three-part gatefold DVD-sized box... in a slipcase... for under twenty bucks.

energy flash gordon, Saturday, 19 July 2008 08:55 (eleven years ago) link

end of contract I guess?

energy flash gordon, Saturday, 19 July 2008 08:55 (eleven years ago) link

are the EBWs diff't versions of these tracks??

moonship journey to baja, Saturday, 19 July 2008 09:59 (eleven years ago) link

they tended to be dancier mixes of what you'd later hear on the albums

new single was on C4 last night. it's pretty dire imo - sounds like what some euro trance-lite dude would come up with.

blueski, Saturday, 19 July 2008 12:48 (eleven years ago) link

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=xcHF_RhSW-0

blueski, Saturday, 19 July 2008 12:49 (eleven years ago) link

i think ebw 10 is the best song of the year so far... it's so incredibly happy.

gregory first world, Monday, 21 July 2008 07:26 (eleven years ago) link

midnight midnight MIDNIGHT

The Macallan 18 Year, Sunday, 3 August 2008 18:41 (eleven years ago) link

I don't have the second disk but the Spank Rock track rules.

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Thursday, 14 August 2008 17:16 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

'come with us' is a pretty dope album imo

butthurt (deej), Friday, 14 August 2009 06:41 (ten years ago) link

i even like this corny ass shit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDe6MZQjpho

butthurt (deej), Friday, 14 August 2009 06:43 (ten years ago) link

should we do an "electronic battle weapons" poll???

moonship journey to baja, Tuesday, 25 August 2009 04:18 (ten years ago) link

we should!

pizza supremacist (haitch), Tuesday, 25 August 2009 04:37 (ten years ago) link

Needs YouTube links, I keep forgetting which is which.

Tuncay Stryder (Matt DC), Tuesday, 25 August 2009 10:55 (ten years ago) link

deej OTM

I have a set of penises leftover from some bach party somewhere (HI DERE), Tuesday, 25 August 2009 18:24 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Surprised there was no bump for Further (one of their best IMO)

Anyone heard the soundtrack they did for "Hanna"?

I've only heard pieces of it but so far it seems to be way better than the stuff Daft Punk churned out for "Tron Legacy"...

frogbs, Tuesday, 22 March 2011 20:01 (eight years ago) link

Chemical Brothers - Further (June 2010)

lol kudso (sic), Tuesday, 22 March 2011 23:18 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

I approve of this musics

mod night at the oasis (NickB), Tuesday, 17 July 2012 17:28 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

wow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC2dRkm8ATU

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 12:44 (three years ago) link

had a hard time watching that

pretty cool though

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 14:01 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

theyre back

its like 1999 all over again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTBNONSR9F8

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 16:19 (eight months ago) link

theyre back

a long, fallow two months since their last video :D

its like 1999 all over again

otm though, but feels like it fades out halfway through

sans lep (sic), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 18:58 (eight months ago) link

four weeks pass...

and another, probably my favorite of the three. once again the video is fantastic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSYwtllbweY

everything I've heard from this sounds like it could've slotted in between Surrender and Come With Us. Even the cover art looks like a real throwback to their early days

frogbs, Thursday, 7 February 2019 14:54 (seven months ago) link

I’m a fan of pretty much the entire Chems career arc, up to and including Born In The Echoes, but I find it hard to argue that these new tracks aren’t a step up compared to their recent work & that the album in April probably will be as well
(The live version of “Free Yourself” is better tho)

Also fun fact the No Geography cover is lifted wholesale from the insert art of the first Godley & Creme album (which in all likelihood won’t keep it from being one of my favorites of 2019 come the end of the year):
https://www.discogs.com/release/871182-Consequences/images

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Thursday, 7 February 2019 15:42 (seven months ago) link

Chems good up to Dig Your Own Hole. Couple of singles replicated and slightly altered their formula with decent results, but if they had only made their first two albums and then quit, they'd be considered just as good.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 7 February 2019 16:10 (seven months ago) link

admittedly Dig holds up a lot better than I thought it would. but I still think they made the right choice going where they did - the fact that their new singles are racking up millions of views is pretty impressive. personally I'm with Champ, I kinda like everything they've ever done to some degree, even the clunkier albums like We Are the Night or Born in the Echoes are pretty fun. In my mind Further is their best album but I'm guessing that one didn't sell quite like their others.

frogbs, Thursday, 7 February 2019 16:22 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRfSM-lv55I

this is probably one of the best music videos I've ever seen

frogbs, Friday, 8 March 2019 15:15 (six months ago) link

It's not even one of the best chemical brothers videos! Got to Keep on is better, could stand to be even weirder. Neither are a patch on Star Guitar or Let Forever Be. As for the songs, zzzzz.

what if bod was one of us (ledge), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 10:07 (six months ago) link

sorry I'm a sucker for dog-centric videos

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:48 (six months ago) link

I will admit to tearing up a bit at the part where they’re sending the dog into space as his handler proudly watches, even though I hadn’t really been paying attention to the screen up to that point. Guess that’s the hallmark of a good video? Maybe?
As for the song, I can kind of imagine it being demoted to the “cameos from the slower, more breakbeat-y parts of our discography” segue in their live sets by the next tour cycle, if it even makes it that far, but the soul sample is well-selected and well-incorporated and the Aurora vocals are excellent (which bodes well since she’s supposed to be on a fair amount of this album).

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:40 (six months ago) link

Besides all arguments about video accompaniments to Chems music have been moot since around 2007 when the Smith + Lyall live visuals became the definitive pairing for whatever they were putting out

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:42 (six months ago) link

interesting that nearly all the singles released are from the second half of the album

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:48 (six months ago) link

Some version of the opener, “Eve Of Destruction”, has been done for awhile, as evidenced by its presence as a vocal snippet (complete with visuals) in the setlist last summer w/ all the No Geography tracks that have come out by now, plus this recording from a DJ set a bit before the tour started:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/110uhJIYNjsTSLqb8tOp1SzfL3C2V6o3x/view

So yeah, it seems weird to me that we’ve gotten a track that wasn’t previewed at all (apart from a short cameo in a bbc mix) before “Eve Of Destruction”. Maybe it’s gonna be their “big single” (heavy airquotes for a Chemical Brothers song coming out in 2019) to coincide with the album rollout?

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:22 (six months ago) link

Played "Got To Keep On" at a party last weekend, it went down a storm!

willem, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:32 (six months ago) link

four weeks pass...

just put on Don't Think, their live CD/DVD from the Further era. I'd forgotten how good this was - like Everything, Everything or Alive 2007, it's basically a continuous mix of their best stuff. I didn't really see it get much fanfare but it's incredible.

frogbs, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 17:31 (five months ago) link

The concert film is especially a treat - not that 2007 Daft Punk or 1999 Underworld didn’t have brilliant live visuals, but Adam Smith just ties everything good about what a Chemical Brothers show meant by 2011, both in terms of their music and his visual accompaniment, into such a neat little package, with the focus on the audience being a satisfying extra twist on the format.
The only thing that lets it down for me is that it comes from a festival gig, and therefore doesn’t have one of the best encores they’ve ever assembled on top of the already-strong setlist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q604uTA9vPI

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 18:20 (five months ago) link

Alright so the record’s out and I’m impressed by it, albeit in kind of a different way that I was expecting. It’s a very emotive album - really gives off the sense, more than usual, that Tom Rowlands is FEELING EMOTIONS and using the venue of The Chemical Brothers to express them. The sequencing is a pleasantly headlong rush. The Aurora tracks are pretty uniformly the highlights of the stuff that didn’t come out beforehand, tho the title track is also very strong.

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Friday, 12 April 2019 04:52 (five months ago) link

Album is surprisingly fun. It's like the uptempo parts of 'Since I Left You' crossed with Orbital's Wonky'.

And yeah I'm hearing "Got To Keep On" at basically every party/club I go to, which maybe says something about those parties/clubs.

Tim F, Friday, 12 April 2019 05:25 (five months ago) link

That you’ve got good taste in parties? ;)

You can't see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Friday, 12 April 2019 06:20 (five months ago) link

just put on Don't Think, their live CD/DVD from the Further era

Thanks for the heads up. Had no idea this existed and it made my commute home in the Easter traffic last night much more enjoyable.

The final third or so certainly bangs.

groovypanda, Saturday, 13 April 2019 08:57 (five months ago) link

after the first listen...yeah, this is much better than Born in the Echoes. this would've made a great follow-up to Surrender.

frogbs, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 16:28 (four months ago) link

This surprised me with how much I liked it.

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 16:44 (four months ago) link

Album is surprisingly fun. It's like the uptempo parts of 'Since I Left You' crossed with Orbital's Wonky'.

yeah! I hear the same vibes of both Avalanches albums actually. And it's a lot like Wonky in that it compacts the classic sound into a modern era and also functions as a showcase of their talents.

Played it 3 times today. haven't done that with a new album in forever. I'll see how I feel about it in a year but for now I think it's up there with Dig and Further. It's so much fun and feels like an album they actually wanted to make (which I haven't gotten from some CB albums). I remember getting Surrender on release day and waiting until when my parents weren't home so I could crank it loud in the living room. today I did the same in my own place, with my kids (they really like the "I ain't gonna take it no more" bit)

frogbs, Thursday, 25 April 2019 04:34 (four months ago) link

They've been on a roll lately

Simon H., Thursday, 25 April 2019 04:42 (four months ago) link

I love the part of 'Eve of Destruction' where it changes up from late 80's house-stab vibes to that almost Maximum Joy esque live bass and female vocal combination. This is way better than I has expected, I was a huge fan of the first 2 albums and stopped paying attention when I got into more specialised stuff.

raise my chicken finger (Willl), Thursday, 25 April 2019 09:47 (four months ago) link

Shazam'd a track the other day and it was, surprisingly, 2015's Go. A great sounding track that.

piscesx, Thursday, 25 April 2019 13:33 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

Chemical Brothers winning Glastonbury at the moment

groovypanda, Saturday, 29 June 2019 21:54 (two months ago) link

They are playing in my neighborhood in august but I'll be out of town. Sort of curious how much of their show is playing the old hits vs more recent material

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 30 June 2019 18:29 (two months ago) link

xxp "Go" is so good, agree that they seem to be on a roll

Ambient Police (sleeve), Sunday, 30 June 2019 18:48 (two months ago) link

Sort of curious how much of their show is playing the old hits vs more recent material

Full current setlist here, non-spoilery summation if you care about that sort of thing:
If your cutoff for “the old hits” is at or around the end of the Surrender era, they don’t fall back on those past glories too hard - there’s a large and varied array of material from all the subsequent albums, with an obvious emphasis on whatever they’re touring to promote - but unless you’re a diehard for “Setting Sun”, which got dropped again after an early-2010s revival, pretty much anything you’d care to hear from their moment of peak 90’s visibility is represented, along with some deep cuts for the diehards (esp. if you go to a show where there’s enough time for an encore).

imo their adamance for keeping at least a few songs from every album in heavy setlist rotation has done wonders for their rep as an act whose discography you can’t just tune out of at some decided-on cutoff point - especially as their live shows are probably the most front-facing part of the whole Chemical Brothers operation at this stage. Like, even if you want to argue that - say - Push The Button is a career low, it’s still where beloved setlist staple “Surface To Air” came from (plus “Galvanize” etc.), and there isn’t an album of theirs that doesn’t have at least one (or probably several) of those moments.

You can’t see it but I had an epiphany (Champiness), Sunday, 30 June 2019 20:00 (two months ago) link

Got To Keep On is in my head every day now, it's one of the best things they've ever done

or something, Sunday, 30 June 2019 20:44 (two months ago) link

They are playing in my neighborhood in august but I'll be out of town. Sort of curious how much of their show is playing the old hits vs more recent material

Perhaps I will take your seat

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 30 June 2019 21:02 (two months ago) link

Loved the segue from that into Hey Boy Hey Girl on Saturday xp

groovypanda, Monday, 1 July 2019 07:45 (two months ago) link

oh my god that setlist looks insane

would really love to see these guys one day but I live in the Midwest so uhhh

frogbs, Monday, 1 July 2019 13:31 (two months ago) link

I actually gave up on the Glastonbury show and went to see Hot Chip instead - it felt like watching a film I'd seen a few too many times before and I couldn't get close enough for it to feel fully immersive.

Matt DC, Monday, 1 July 2019 17:40 (two months ago) link


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