The Chemical Brothers, too many chemicals? asier leoz   The title "It began in Africa" has heralded one of the most sonorous returns in the last few years. A song on the origins of all rhythms. In order to find the origins of Ed Simons and Tom Rolands, however, you have to head for the club "Naked under leather" in Manchester. Having listened to the new record again and again, the conclusion I've come to is that it just doesn't live up to what they did on their three previous outings. For the first time we find undefined sterile sections on a new release by the duo Simons/Rolands. We caught glimpses of the same lack of fresh ideas on "Surrender" but they were smothered over by some potentially great songs like "Let forever be" or "Out of control". This time round unfortunately, there is nothing to hide behind. Laurel and Hardy, on the other hand, are happy with the end result. "Work on the new record has finished well. An artist has to be able to say when their work is complete, finished. If not, you could spend the rest of your life going over the vocals again or redoing the drums. Knowing when you have actually finished is the most important part in the process of creating something".
It has often been said that in the not too distant future all but electronic music will have disappeared. Simons and Rolands disagree: "That's nothing but a cliché. The thing is to capture an idea rather than just bunch together a load of notes".
The introductory single to the album, "Come with us", "It began in Africa"(tribal percussion mixed with the strength of electro) does it's job nicely, although having said that, it just follows previously established patterns. The second single "Star guitar" is more of a rave or daybreak festival type of tune. The spectacular video for the song showcases the accelerated projections they often use in concerts. That brings something undeniable to mind: they are responsible for electronic music making the jump from barely lit clubs to macro football stadium concerts. This English duo refute that they've invented anything. "There's so much going on in this world, some people become influences on others and so on... what we've done is so little if we compare it to all that has been done in dance music. We have introduced small elements and others have used them to shape their records but there are other trains on the roll. We feel happy when somebody comes up to us and says –I've listened to your record and it's changed the way I understand music–, but I don't regard us as pioneers, which we have been quoted as saying in several places. Why? Well, because this isn't a search or anything".
The Chemical Brothers will be bringing their new live show to these shores shortly. Their first live appearances in three years. They play in Madrid on April the sixth and Barcelona on the seventh.