ARTIST: The Chemical Brothers
TITLE: Exit Planet Dust
YEAR RELEASED: 1995
CHART ACTION: #9 UK
SINGLES: Song to the Siren, Leave Home (UK #17), Life Is Sweet (UK #25)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Chemical Beats, perhaps?
LINEUP: Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons. Tim Burgess (Charlatans UK) and Beth Orton guest on a track each.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: UK club DJ wonderkinds run out of records to mix, so they create their own sounds to mix around. It’s really, really good.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I missed this whole UK DJ wave in the 90’s. Still being grungy, I guess. I probably should have jumped on the bandwagon, though.
The Chemical Brothers created their own sonic world, with heavy emphasis on bass, electronic drums and repeating electronic patterns. Almost every track has a great groove and beat to it, but it doesn’t get old or tiresome.
It seems they learned their lessons pretty well from all the bands that they remixed in the early to mid 90’s – what worked on the dance floor or on record. Pert near every track is great for listening, working or working out too, and that’s a hard feat to accomplish.
NOTES & MINUTAE: They were the Dust Brothers, but had to rename themselves after the US production duo of the same name found out about them.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A- : This sets the stage for their later career and the genre in general. It’s a great record to have around.