It’s hard to overstate how important The Chemical Brothers were to dance music in the 1990s.
Their first three albums lured indie and rock fans onto the dancefloor, and kept them there, in a way the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays had threatened to but never quite managed.
Since 1999’s Surrender, despite three more number one albums, it’s been steadily downhill for Brothers Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, with nothing living up to 1997’s Dig Your Own Hole or Surrender itself.
Born in the Echoes might not scale quite those heights but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. As ever from a band who worked with Noel Gallagher and Tim Burgess in the 90s, their choice of collaborators is impeccable, with Beck, St Vincent, Cate Le Bon and rapper Q-Tip making contributions here.
Highlights are hard to pick out. The St Vincent and Cate Le Bon collaborations are personal favourites – the latter recalling La Roux in its early 80s electro-pop simplicity. On Taste of Honey they out-weird Tame Impala, while at the other end of the spooky scale is the gentle dad-trance of the Beck number, Wide Open. It’s a great return.
Like this? Try these: La Roux, Trouble in Paradise; Tame Impala, Lonerism
By Andrew Greenhalgh