Released: Jun 2010
Icons of the big-beat boom, The Chemical Brothers have done a decent job of staying relevant over the years, both on the airwaves and in the clubs. But Further, their first album since 2007's We Are the Night, suggests something more ambitious. Dreamy cuts like "Snow" and "K+D+B" sound like amped-up answers to chillwave; "Dissolve" and "Horse Power" flirt with '60s rock and '70s prog, while "Swoon" and "Wonders of the Deep" go all-out in pursuit of the sublime. And "Escape Velocity" blows up gritty basement techno to stadium-rave proportions without losing any of its urgency.