The Chemical Brothers Das Spiegel (2007)
To test attack and decay
A more stop/start, truncated and abbreviated collection of electronically derived sounds you’re unlikely to find – so Das Spiegel is a splendid test of your speakers’ discipline. Aside from strummed rhythm guitar and blown melodica, every sound here seemingly appears from nowhere and ends just as abruptly. From the four-square boom-bap of the non-dumber drum pattern to the squeals, hisses and squeaks in the background as the tune builds, control needs to be martial. And the thrumming, almost unbroken bass sounds only add to the test.