Artists of the week: The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers were not only the most important band to bring the big beat genre in the forefront of popular culture, but arguably the most successful act to fill the gap between electronic dance music and indie sensibilities.
Throughout their career, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons managed to put five albums in the number one spot of the UK charts and 13 Top 20 singles, to receive 5 Grammy Awards and a Brit Award and collaborated with what has always been the most gifted artists of their era (Beth Orthon, Tim Burgess, Noel Gallagher, Hope Sandoval, Richard Ashcroft, Bernard Summer, Q-Tip, Wayne Coyne, Kele Okereke, etc.) and to remix tracks for first-rate acts such as Spiritualized, Mercury Rev, Primal Scream, Fatboy Slim and Kylie Minogue. Their impressive curriculum includes an iconic videography with director Michel Gondry, an unparalleled reputation as top electronic music performers and DJs and the fact that no living person on earth that loves music has not enjoyed at least one song of their eclectic (but extremely focused) catalogue.
After a long hiatus of 5 years (the biggest yet of their career), The Chemical Brothers are back with a stunning new album. Born in the Echoes is a decided return to form mixing stadium hymns with hard-nosed club bangers, pop anthems and some mind-blowing studio experimentations. The guests are, as always, stellar (Beck, Cate Le Bon, Q-Tip (once again), St. Vincent, Colin Stetson and Ali Love) and at the top of their game, guarantying that this album will be an indispensable companion to anyone who enjoys their Summer with a fitting soundtrack.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.