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2010 Further

Genre-bending electronic duo The Chemical Brothers released their newest album titled Further on June 22. This album marks the first time since their debut to feature no guest vocalists. See their latest video for "Swoon" to kick off this career-spanning video retrospective.


2008 Brotherhood

The Chemical Brothers' second compilation titled Brotherhood released in July of 2008 featuring tracks spanning their entire career.  The album also includes two new tracks, "Midnight Madness" and "Keep My Composure" featuring Naeem Juwan of Spank Rock.


2007 We Are The Night

We Are The Night released in June of 2007 and features a slew of artists from a wide array of genres including rapper Fatlip on "The Salmon Dance," as well as the Klaxons, Willy Mason and Midlake on others.


2005 Push The Button

2005's Push The Button includes guest vocalists Q-Tip on "Galvanize," returning guest Tim Burgess of the Charlatans UK on "The Boxer" and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party on "Believe."


2003 Singles 93-03

The Brothers' first compilation spans their first ten years worth of work and includes two new cuts, "The Golden Path" featuring the Lips' Steven Drozd and "Get Yourself High" featuring rapper K-Os.


2002 Come With Us

The Chemical Brothers' fourth album, 2002's Come With Us, was an effort to focus more on their dance-genre roots rather than crossover guest appearances. The LP features only two vocalists on the last half of the tracklist. 


1999 Surrender

Surrender released in 1999 and features new guest vocalists Hope Sandoval, New Order's Bernard Sumner, Tim Burgess of the Charlatans and returning guests Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev and Noel Gallagher of Oasis on the classic "Let Forever Be."


1997 Dig Your Own Hole

Noel Gallagher agreed to lend his vocals to the single "Setting Sun," the Chemicals' tribute to one of their own favorites, the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows." The Chemical Brothers opened up for the giant Oasis concert at Knebworth as well as headlining their own worldwide tour which pushed the success of their second album, 1997's Dig Your Own Hole.


1995 Exit Planet Dust

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons began DJing under semi-serious handle Dust Brothers (a tribute to the American production team responsible for one of their favorite albums, the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique). Tom and Ed began re-creating their unique sound in a tiny bedroom studio and started pressing singles that earned the attention of Britain's top DJs.

Lawyers for the original Dust Brothers came calling in 1995 and Rowlands and Simons were forced to change to change their name to the Chemical Brothers (the proposed Dust Brothers U.K. was turned down). The name change didn't seem to affect the two as their debut album, Exit Planet Dust, was heavily praised by critics.


1989 Beginnings

Rowlands and Simons grew up listening to an eccentric musical playlist, ranging from the Smiths and Jesus and Mary Chain to Kraftwerk and Public Enemy. The two met while taking the same history course at Manchester University in England and began sampling Manchester's vibrant nightclub scene together during 1989 and 1990, just at the peak of Britain's fascination with a DJing style named Balearic which blended genres from early house music, Italian disco, rare-groove jazz and funk, Northern soul, hip-hop, and alternative dance. 

 

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