DANCE

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - Michael Sains­bury

IN 1995, two land­mark acts emerged from the stu­dios armed with discs that an­nounced house and techno- driven elec­tronic dance mu­sic as a genre to be reck­oned with. While Left­field’s Left­ism is un­likely to be bet­tered as a spec­tac­u­lar state­ment of the many pos­si­bil­i­ties on of­fer, not far be­hind were the starker, raw beats of the Chem­i­cal Both­ers’ Exit Planet Dust . Since then, the Bri­tish duo has con­tin­ued to push the bound­aries while main­tain­ing com­mer­cial ap­peal, de­liv­er­ing a col­lec­tion of five re­mark­ably co­he­sive and con­sis­tently ex­cel­lent al­bums. This im­pec­ca­bly pro­duced, in­tri­cately lay­ered ef­fort is no ex­cep­tion. The 11 tracks are stitched to­gether with ex­per­tise. Al­ways with one eye to the charts, the Brothers serve up a few tasty guests on each disc: Beth Or­ton was on their de­but and there was also the mem­o­rable Set­ting Sun with Noel Gal­lagher. This time it’s nu- rave band the Klax­ons and Willy Ma­son. Sure, they’re not quite as cut­ting- edge as they once were but ’ 90s dance­floor relics? Not on your nelly: th­ese boys and their block- rockin’ beats re­main near the top of their game. We are the Night Chem­i­cal Brothers Vir­gin/ EMI

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