It might seem strange that a band as settled and innovative as The
Chemical Brothers have decided to add a remix album to their
repertoire and to the multitude already drowning the market, but here
it is. Unsurprisingly, the Brothers have worked it out.
Y'see, it's not about playing to an audience exactly and it's not all
about Pete Tong. It's about music and if Ed and Tom Chemical can mix
the Manics and Spiritualized with slick flair and make a definitive
slice of dance culture in the process, then so be it. Music has no
rules but it helps to follow some guidelines. Cutting and splicing
Meat Beat Manifesto alongside the aforementioned indie demi-gods
certainly seems very left-of-field but the mix is lucid and the result
a joy to behold. Two world-class electronic artists resorting to a
mix-album like this is a far cry from jumping on the bandwagon; it's
more like a change, something new. And as usual The Chemical Brothers
fit perfectly into their new role.
by Michael Gleeson