Albums you need to hear: Chemical Brothers - Exit Planet Dust
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These days the big beat sound that The Chemical Brothers (Ed Simmons and Tom Rowlands) kicked into mainstream consciousness is taken for granted, but in 1995 as the first single proper, ‘Leave Home’, to be taken from their debut album Exit Planet Dust hit the airwaves it sounded like nothing else. Their tunes (under their previous moniker of The Dust Brothers) had been making waves in clubland for a while, the duo’s blend of big beats and bass, psychedelia, funk, rock and electronic forging a sound like nothing the clubs had heard. They had gained fans from the indie and dance celebrity elite, who would become future collaborators. With the release of Exit Planet Dust on 26th June 1995 the newly named Chemical Brothers dropped a flawlessly brilliant debut that changed the face of dance music forever. Although the album is made up of 11 tracks which stand-alone, each one holding their own with the quality of the last, what makes Exit Planet Dust stand-out is how it works seamlessly together as one whole. It is a classic album in the truest sense, a body of work that works best when through from start to finish.
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