The Chemical Brothers
Rs 395,rating: HHH
In the early 1990s,when some of electronic musics icons were miles away from their turntables,British duo Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons,a.k.a. The Chemical Brothers,kicked up a storm with their high-octane,big-beat electro progressions. The duos debut album Exit Planet Dust (1995) and the 1997 Dig Your Own Hole were swashbuckling sets of electronic assaults.
Their new album Further is something else altogether. It seems to have brought out the rave in the duo. The track Escape Velocity lunges and hurls synthesizer drags. Horse Power has squelchy sound waves booming through torrential synth progressions,while inventive melodies snake though electro assents in Swoon. And then the soul-drenching sways in K+D+B and the frolicking slides of Wonders of the Deep arrive,bringing to the album a different flavour. If lost emotions are revived in the cloud-bursting Dissolve,Another World,which brings to mind the dreaminess of Star Guitar in their 2002 album Come With Us,dazzles a classic chemical treat.