Channelling Led Zep
Take in the fact the Chemical Brothers have been at it for 17 years. They’ve again – almost by a miracle – avoided sounding irrelevant.
Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons’ wide appeal and rock stylings have always meant they’ve never rated highly with hardcore dance and electronica fans. And in some cases, it’s understandable. But Further is an apt title, even if it doesn’t mean they’ve pushed further into new territory and are playing it safe.
The hypnotic instrumental Velocity follows the same path as A Modern Midnight Conversation from 2007’s largely satisfying We Are the Night, in tone and texture, to become almost transcendent.
It works again on Another World, where the fractured vocals are effective as just another instrument.
While the 60s- inspired treatments on the sprawling Dissolve – territory Chemical Brothers have often visited – are hard to resist, they’re nicely counterpointed by razor sharp synth stylings of Horse Power, which sound like they’re channelling Led Zep.
The result is an album that’s unlikely to bring any new fans to Chemical Brothers but, for those who have followed their career, it’s unlikely to disappoint. Tom Cardy/stuff.co.nz
HYPNOTIC INSTRUMENTAL: The Chemical Brothers release Further.