Review: The Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes (Universal Music Canada)

The Chemical BrosIt’s tough to fathom the relevance and popularity of modern-day DJs and artists like Skrillex, David Guetta and Avicii had it not been for electronic dance music pioneers The Chemical Brothers. The album’s catchy first single, “Go”, featuring vocals from A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, aptly sets the stage for what listeners should expect: An energetic, engaging record that strikes the perfect balance between bombastic beats and subdued rhythms. St. Vincent’s trippy vocals on “Under Neon Lights” match the deliberate, calculated feel of the song, while Beck’s vocal contributions find their perfect musical foil on the relaxed album closer “Wide Open.” As with prior efforts, a record from The Chemical Brothers isn’t easily painted into a corner. Instead, they use the  the entire space afforded to them and we are all the luckier for it.