THE CHEM­I­CAL BROTH­ERS – BORN IN THE ECHOES

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They’ve been there, done that and raved all night in the smi­ley faced t- shirt. So, just what ex­cites Chem­i­cal Broth­ers – a Bri­tish dance mu­sic in­sti­tu­tion – on their 8th al­bum?

Born in the Echoes is al­most an anti EDM al­bum – there’s one pop mo­ment, the Q Tip adorned ‘ Go,’ but the rest of the al­bum is in­sis­tent, left­field, vintage sound­ing elec­tron­ica. Which is a shame if you were ex­pect­ing another ‘ Block Rockin’ Beats’ or ‘ Hey Boy Hey Girl,’ but stick on the bang­ing mu­si­cal techno of ‘ Re­flex­ion’ and you’ll soon for­give them. Or the peak dance­floor filler ‘ Just Bang,’ an in­dus­trial bass and beats work­out that takes no pris­on­ers.

There are a few trade­mark Chem­i­cal Broth­ers sonic sig­na­tures – ‘ I’ll See You There’ is es­sen­tially another breaks homage to ‘ To­mor­row Never Knows’ and ‘ Some­times I Feel So De­serted’ chan­nels their clas­sic ‘ Get High’ bee- in- a- bot­tle bass  sound.

But Born In The Echoes is the sound of Tom and Ed mak­ing funky, wonky, chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing mu­sic to re­mind the world that there’s more to dance mu­sic than the drop.

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