The Chemical BrothersBig beat electro pioneers
The progenitors of Big Beat.
Few artists have done as much, or been as successful, at elevating the mainstream status of electronic music on a global level than The Chemical Brothers. Since they released their first full-length (Exit Planet Dust) back in 1995, the Manchester-based duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons has morphed from simply being another pair of high profile club DJs into a stadium-selling dance act. The band’s sample-heavy electro music inspired the term “big beat,” an apt descriptor for music that typically relies heavily on epic drum sounds and songs that almost always build towards euphoric, dance-floor-friendly crescendos. After finding mainstream success with 1997’s Dig Your Own Hole, the band came to rely heavily on a series of high profile guest vocalists like Liam Gallagher and Beth Orton on subsequent releases. However, 2010’s Further finds the band getting back to their roots: artfully produced, psychedelic electro-pop equally suited for nightclubs or private headphone listening trips.