The Chemical Brothers In 20 Songs
In honor of a new re-release to vinyl, uDiscover gives us a history lesson on the groundbreaking group known as The Chemical Brothers. Check out the feature and 'best of' playlist to get beef up your Chem knowledge or to enjoy a great refresher.This article originally appeared on uDiscover
Born out of the febrile Manchester rave scene (which they alighted upon during their university days), The Chemical Brothers (Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands) became one of a small group of electronica acts to straddle the 90s with their all-conquering live performances and a slew of hits. While some of those acts fell by the wayside – or just simply lost their way – The Chems have been regularly coming up with the goods right up into the current era of EDM stadium shows. Exit Planet Dust, Dig Your Own Hole, Come With Us, Push The Button and Further are now being returned to their rightful home on double-vinyl packages (Surrender having already been reissued on wax, with We Are The Night to follow), which gives us the perfect opportunity to look at their career to date.
The Chems started recording in 1992 as The Dust Brothers, the name pinched from the LA hip-hop producers who helmed Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique and Beck’s Odelay. Almost immediately, the British duo created a buzz, delivering independently released EP tracks such as the intense, acidicly growling ‘Chemical Beats’, as well as remixing acts such as The Prodigy, Leftfield & Lydon, Primal Scream and Manic Street Preachers, plus Bomb The Bass’ ‘Bug Powder Dust’ (with appropriately trippy rapper Justin Warfield riding the “windowpane” acid). They also had their first encounters with fellow Manchester scenesters The Charlatans around this time; their remix for ‘Nine Acre Dust’ starts with a psychedelic blare before clearing into razor-sharp hip-hop beats and then building into an indie-dance monster...