Singles 93-03 (Chemical Brothers)

Singles 93-03 (Chemical Brothers)

     
 

One of the most dynamic -- and most popular -- dance groups of the past decade, the Chemical Brothers, along with their buddy Fatboy Slim, brought the sound that would become known as "big beat" to an international audience. Where they went from there is catalogued on the career-spanning collection Singles 93-03. With the sound…  See more details below

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One of the most dynamic -- and most popular -- dance groups of the past decade, the Chemical Brothers, along with their buddy Fatboy Slim, brought the sound that would become known as "big beat" to an international audience. Where they went from there is catalogued on the career-spanning collection Singles 93-03. With the sound typified by their infectious single "Block Rockin' Beats," marked by its siren-laden, hip-hop-inspired rhythm track (featuring a Schoolly D sample), Tom and Ed (Mr. Rowlands and Mr. Simons to their bank manager) went on to bridge the gap between rock and dance audiences, luring the former onto the dance floor through innovative collaborations with vocalists. Whereas their predecessors had either sampled vocalists (the Chems been there, done that with Liz Fraser's wails on "Song to the Siren") or employed divas on house cuts, the Brothers welcomed the singers into the creative process, so that the adrenaline-pumped "Setting Sun," featuring Noel Gallagher of Oasis, nods to the woozy psychedelia of the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows," and "Out of Control," featuring New Order's Bernard Sumner applies an appropriately melancholy tone and chiming guitars to its frenetic house beats. Though not exactly a definitive survey -- absent are any tracks featuring Beth Orton, whose wispy vocals have helped shape all four of the Chems' albums -- Singles 93-03 does offer a peak into the future with two new tracks: "Ger Yourself High," featuring up-and-coming rapper K-Os, and "The Golden Path," an airy track that gives the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd plenty of space to sprawl. Even a decade on, the Brothers are still working it out -- and blazing trails while they're at it.

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Rolling Stone - Joe Caramanica
1/2 There's rarely a dull moment with the Chemical Brothers.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2003
Label:
Astralwerks
UPC:
0724359271422
catalogNumber:
92714

Tracks

  1. Song to the Siren
  2. Chemical Beats
  3. Leave Home
  4. Setting Sun
  5. Block Rockin' Beats
  6. The Private Psychedelic Reel
  7. Hey Boy Hey Girl
  8. Let Forever Be
  9. Out of Control
  10. Star Guitar
  11. The Test
  12. Get Yourself High
  13. The Golden Path

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