New Music from THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS has got to be one of the most pleasurable six word combinations a music lover can utter on electronic paper. This feels like a statement record and fuck me does it make that statement loud. The message is simple – The Chems ae back, and they are as relevant and on point as ever. Ft Miguel on vocals (yeah you know Miguel) ‘This Is Not a Game’ is as fine a of its time piece of ‘forward thinking electronic music with pop sensibilities whilst staying credible’ (and breath) as you will ever hear. Bassy, seductive, actually really quite hard to define this is potentially the ‘Bonkers’ of 2014, think about when you first heard Dizzee’s musical handbreak turn (not what you think of it now) and realise this is a compliment. Big track from absolute electronic legends.
Just like I promised not to mention Jamie T when chatting about Ratboy I feel I should make a similar commitment in regards to REAL LIES, it is the obvious comparison. And hey what’s not to be loved about being compared to one of the great British bands of all time? Pioneers of electronic influences on the band phenomena. RL have been about for a bit, the stand out track ‘World Peace’ has had some specialist radio love over the last year but it’s the Zane Lowe adore that’s probably going to propel these guys to a chunky 2015. This is electro dream pop perfection, if feeling this also keep your eyes peeled for a band called APRIL TOWERS. On a similar tip with similar twenty fifteen potential.
There’s been an electronic pop theme throughout this ramble (can you have a theme across just two paragraphs?) albeit in very different forms, there aint much linking ‘This Is Not A Game’ and ‘World Peace’ even though at points I’ve used some similar words to describe them. Well also electronic infused, also pop in a cool/ quirky way and also nothing like the other tracks in this post is ‘Build It Up’ by KERO KERO BONITO. Electro-Quirk-Pop this is like a My Little Pony remix of a Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip session track recorded on loads of Red Bull, but a lot better than that sounds.
HEAR/ BUY THE TRACK:
CHEMICAL BROTHERS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAgnJxxFtHY
REAL LIES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdvM_R-s7FI
KERO KERO BONITO: https://soundcloud.com/kerokerobonito/build-it-up