The Chemical Brothers

Biography

The Chemical Brothers is a British electronic music duo, formed by Edmund John Simons and Thomas Owen Rowlands. They met at the history courses in Manchester. However, it was not science they came there for, but music. In 1991, these young men started working as DJs in Manchester club Naked Under Leather. At that time, they did not take that seriously, and yet soon their sets became very popular among the club's residents. These two called their duo Dust Brothers, just for fun. Later, they decided to re-equip their bedrooms into recording studios, and it was there where Brothers made their first studio track Dust Brothers Song to the Siren. DJs from the best clubs of the city found it a real hit, and shortly after the record, the track was officially released on Own Records label. Having acquired university diplomas, the lads moved to London to continue DJ performing at one of the city's clubs. In a short while, they released their second single 14th Century Sky. By that time, they made themselves a name as both DJs and stylish remix makers. As they had released the third single My Mercury Mouth, they were gained permissions to remix songs from Primal Scream, Sabres Of Paradise, The Prodigy, and The Charlatans.

In 1995, Rowlands and Simons were forced to change the name of their duo to The Chemical Brothers threatened with a copyright claim from an American company called Dust Brothers. Signed by Virgin Records, they started working over their debut album Exit Planet Dust It was released in 1996 to admiration of most critics. The record combined signature instrumental tracks with strong guitar sound, heavy break-beats and samples together with vocal songs, recorded with Beth Orton and Tim Burgess from The Charlatans. The duo accumulated a huge army of supporters and made friends among many other outstanding musicians. Thus, Oasis singer Noel Gallagher agreed to sing for the next Brothers' single Setting Sun. The song was a smash and topped British charts of singles in the late 1996. After touring Europe with a great success, The Chemical Brothers headed for the USA to perform at concerts beneath Orbital and Underworld.

Extremely famous both in their motherland and far beyond, Rowlands and Simons began to prepare their new long player Dig Your Own Hole. The Chemical Brothers had made music so many faceted and all-embracing, that this album brought them the superiority in pop-charts while their track Block Rockin' Beats won them Grammy for the Best Rock Instrumental Performance. In 1998, The Chemical Brothers released the album of remixes Brothers Gonna Work It Out. A year later, they presented the third studio long player Surrender. This ambitious record featured tracks of various styles – house, techno, funk, glam, and break-beat. Come With Us, the fourth album released in 2002, materially strengthened the duo's positions at the American market. The British fans met this record with delight, too. The Manchester music wizards went on a terrific tour across Europe to promote the new album. In 2004, The Chemical Brother produced a dance bomb, the new album Push The Button. This release and single Galvanize won Grammy in 2006. In March 2007, on their MySpace page The Chemical Brothers officially announced about the forthcoming album. We Are the Night was released in July 2007. A collection of the duo's best tracks under the name Brotherhood was released in 2008. Two years later The Chemical Brothers’ discography was enlarged by the traditionally strong studio attempt titled Further (2010). That record was critically acclaimed and very well received by the listeners. It is worth mentioning that Further became The Chemical Brothers’ first album without any guest vocalists’ participation.

Studio Albums

The Chemical Brothers, Born In The Echoes mp3Born In The Echoes
2015
  • Big Beat
The Chemical Brothers, Hanna mp3Hanna
2011
    The Chemical Brothers, Further mp3Further
    The Chemical Brothers seventh album Further signs its returning to the electronic synthesizer music from which the duo's success takes its start. The album is the first in the duo’s history to be recorded without any guest stars on vocals
    2010
    • Big Beat
    • Electro House
    • Electronic
    • Psychedelic Pop
    • Psychedelic Pop
    The Chemical Brothers, We Are the Night mp3We Are the Night
    2007
    • Big Beat
    • Electronic
    • House
    The Chemical Brothers, Push the Button mp3Push the Button
    Since the release of 1995's Exit Planet Dust, the Chemical Brothers – Tom Roland and Ed Simons – have stood at the forefront of musical innovation. If it is easy to conclude in hindsight that 2001's Come With Us was
    2004
    • Big Beat
    • Electronic
    The Chemical Brothers, Come With Us mp3Come With Us
    2002
    • Big Beat
    • Breakbeat
    • Tribal House
    The Chemical Brothers, Surrender mp3Surrender
    1999
    • Big Beat
    • Electronic
    • House
    The Chemical Brothers, Dig Your Own Hole mp3Dig Your Own Hole
    1997
    • Big Beat
    • Breakbeat
    • Electronic
    • Techno
    The Chemical Brothers, Exit Planet Dust mp3Exit Planet Dust
    1995
    • Big Beat

    Singles

    The Chemical Brothers, C-H-E-M-I-C-A-L mp3C-H-E-M-I-C-A-L
    2016
    • Big Beat
    • Techno
    The Chemical Brothers, Go mp3Go
    2015
    • Big Beat
    • Hip House
    The Chemical Brothers, Galvanize mp3Galvanize
    2005
    • Big Beat
    • Electronic
    • Hip House
    The Chemical Brothers, Come With Us / The Test mp3Come With Us / The Test
    2002
    • Big Beat
    • Electronic
    The Chemical Brothers, It Began in Afrika mp3It Began in Afrika
    2001
    • Big Beat
    • Techno
    • Tribal House
    The Chemical Brothers, Music: Response mp3Music: Response
    2000
    • Big Beat
    • Techno
    The Chemical Brothers, Hey Boy Hey Girl mp3Hey Boy Hey Girl
    1999
    • Big Beat
    • Neo-Psychedelia
    • Techno
    The Chemical Brothers, Let Forever Be mp3Let Forever Be
    1999
    • Big Beat
    • Electronic
    • Neo-Psychedelia
    The Chemical Brothers, Block Rockin' Beats mp3Block Rockin' Beats
    1997
    • Big Beat
    • Electronic
    The Chemical Brothers, Leave Home mp3Leave Home
    1995
    • Big Beat

    Compilation albums

    The Chemical Brothers, Brotherhood mp3Brotherhood
    2008
    • Big Beat
    • Breakbeat
    • Electronic
    The Chemical Brothers, Singles 93-03 mp3Singles 93-03
    2003
    • Acid Techno
    • Big Beat
    • Breakbeat
    • Electronic
    • House
    • Progressive House
    The Chemical Brothers, Chemical Reaction mp3Chemical Reaction
    1997
    • Big Beat
    • Breakbeat
    • Downtempo
    • Electronic
    • House
    • Neo-Psychedelia
    • Tech House
    • Tech House
    • Techno

    Lives

    The Chemical Brothers, Don't Think mp3Don't Think
    2012
    • Big Beat
    • House
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