the Chemical Brothers dig a little ‘Further’


Further

CHEMICAL
BROTHERS 'Further' [Release Date 14/06/2010]

CD I CD/DVD I 2LP 

Tom Rowlands
"This record pushes you into hyperspace pretty
quickly
…"

From the first
squeezed-out notes, those analogue dots and dashes that flash and spark from the
speakers, 'Further' sounds like a record that is trying to break out of its
confines. Like an alien Morse code transmission, it pulses like an Earth bound
signal that's been bounced off the side of orbiting space debris. Snatches of
voices found out in the ether cut through the machine fog, drifting across
burbling analogue equipment lovingly kept working long after supposed sell-by
date. By the time the click and thump of snare and bass drum arrive, the sounds
are all encompassing, swirling around you with dizzying, disorientating effect.
Noise is untethered by constraints of volume, seemingly leaping from left to
right to middle with a life of its own. For a band used to dealing in
psychedelics, this time round The Chemical Brothers have really pushed the
envelope.

'Further' is The
Chemical Brothers' seventh studio album, an eight track masterpiece of modern
psychedelia. Effortlessly fusing freefrom analogue wig-outs to juggernaut
dancefloor dynamics on the album's first single, 'Escape Velocity' – arguably
the most unrelenting 12 minutes of music ever to pick up serious national radio
support in the UK – the record sees Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons explore the
boundless possibilities of their sound.

Taking a trip
through four decades of electronic noise, Tom & Ed have taken the template
set up with their occasional Electronic Battle Weapon releases and allowed them
to mutate gloriously into an entire album. Vocal samples are woven through
tracks to create a record that ebbs and flows like one of the band's legendary
live sets. Here, the West Coast power pop harmonies of Dissolve sit beside
German Motorik rhythms of K+D+B while Valentines-esque sonic manipulations plane
across the top of early house basslines (Swoon). Further is the culmination of
nearly two decades of psychedelic exploration, an immersive collection that sees
The Chemical Brothers at their least-restrained and most-melodic
best.

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