Author Topic: New Chemical Brothers (feat. Alan Partridge)  (Read 1474 times)

Re: New Chemical Brothers (feat. Alan Partridge)
« Reply #30 on: February 28, 2019, 04:28:00 PM »
I loved all of Exit Planet Dust and Dig Your Own Hole. They were both very significant albums when I was 15 / 16.

But even when Hey Girl, Hey Boy was released as a single, I just couldn't get on board.

Every time they release something new, I want to like it, so much, but I never do. Which is a shame.

Same here. Getting into them from the breakbeat fuzzpedal eclecticism era, I can't connect that up with their later preoccupation with thin discoey beats and trancey synths.

Oddly enough, a couple of years ago I stumbled across I Sit On Acid on a Belgian compilation, and it suddenly made sense why Hey Boy Hey Girl was such a bewildering disappointment for me. Using a specific techno tune as a sonic template, so that's why it sounds so lumpy and unfunky.

That said, I've always got time for Star Guitar, and Base 6 on the flipside is a nice hark back to the block rocking Chems of old.


Re: pinching album (and single) artwork, I thought that was always their schtick and I quite liked their selection of random images. I remember thinking that was very groovy and understated in the mid 90s

I assumed a lot of their old cover images came from photo libraries.

Some people are getting a bit prissy about them using an existing inlay image for their new sleeve, like you're not allowed to licence images now.

Norton Canes

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Re: New Chemical Brothers (feat. Alan Partridge)
« Reply #31 on: March 14, 2019, 11:32:03 AM »
New track We've Got To Try - accompanied by possibly the stupidest Chemical Brothers video ever.

You'll all be pleased to know that We’ve Got To Try is set to become the ‘Sound of The Season’ for Formula 1 in 2019. I wonder if this event is in any way related..?

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Re: New Chemical Brothers (feat. Alan Partridge)
« Reply #32 on: March 14, 2019, 12:36:13 PM »
I've stopped listening, at this rate every track will have been released on Youtube before the actual album. Waiting patiently to listen to the whole thing.

Re: New Chemical Brothers (feat. Alan Partridge)
« Reply #33 on: March 14, 2019, 12:48:31 PM »
That was alright. Sample heavy. Sort of like a slow Prodigy track in a way. Still a bit thin though.

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Re: New Chemical Brothers (feat. Alan Partridge)
« Reply #34 on: March 15, 2019, 09:37:32 PM »
thin discoey beats and trancey synths.

...Using a specific techno tune as a sonic template, so that's why it sounds so lumpy and unfunky.

Yes. Hey Boy, Hey Girl was so thin, lumpy and weirdly unfunky that I genuinely thought it was a pisstake. Was convinced they were putting out a jokey shit house single before unleashing MASSIVE CRUNCHY BEATS a la Setting Sun or something... I was wrong.



That said, I've always got time for Star Guitar, and Base 6 on the flipside is a nice hark back to the block rocking Chems of old.

Why did they stop doing that sort of thing? Was it just that techno and house were more popular than 'break beat' style stuff? If so, that's even more reason for me to be disappointed.

(sorry for hijacking the thread with such criticism, but I really loved those first two albums!!)

Re: New Chemical Brothers (feat. Alan Partridge)
« Reply #35 on: March 16, 2019, 05:30:06 AM »
Why did they stop doing that sort of thing? Was it just that techno and house were more popular than 'break beat' style stuff?

I don't know, but my estimate was that it was probably related to whatever drugs they'd been overdoing at the time.