The Chemical Brothers - Born In The Echoes (2015)
Label: Astralwerks | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 52:26 min | 120 mb
The Chemical Brothers' first album in five years is bookended by songs utterly different in style but alike in subject. "Sometimes I Feel So Deserted" launches proceedings with pummelling techno-house; "Wide Open" ends them with guest vocalist Beck singing an emotive anthem about drifting away from a loved one.
The theme of splitting up has resonance for the two members of the Chemical Brothers. Last year Ed Simons announced he was quitting touring to concentrate on academic studies, leaving partner Tom Rowlands to carry on live performances alone.
Born in the Echoes has a valedictory mood to it. The songs are new but look back over the veteran dance duo's 20 years recording together. So we get "Setting Sun"-style psychedelia ("I'll See You There"), massive acid wobbles straight from the Joey Beltram handbook of energy overload ("Just Bang") and backroom-of-the-pub big beat with rapper Q-Tip ("Go").
It goes beyond self-recycling. Facing an uncertain future together, Rowlands and Simons have conjured a powerful reminder of their past with Born in the Echoes.
1. Sometimes I Feel So Deserted
2. Go ft. Q-Tip
3. Under Neon Lights ft. St. Vincent
4. EML Ritual ft. Ali Love
5. I'll See You There
6. Just Bang
8. Taste of Honey
9. Born in the Echoes ft. Cate Le Bon
11. Wide Open ft. Beck