Swoon! It’s the Chemical Brothers!

The Chemical Brothers occupy a weird place in popular culture (at least over here in the UK). Their name for me will always be synonymous with my very first days of clubbing. The year must have been 1998 and I was reluctantly attending suburban club nights and having my evenings soundtracked by funky house. NINETIES funky house. No fun. Hey Boy, Hey Girl was one perhaps three (dance) tracks that I have carried from those days to these – truly a diamond in the mire of pop-dance music. Since then, they have occupied an awkward middle ground between the anthemic pop hits (see also Block Rockin’ Beats, Galvanize etc.) with the accompanying arena shows, and their underground dance music grass roots fans. In the last 3 or 4 years, they have dropped off the radar slightly, with a couple of somewhat maligned, not-really-pop albums, including plenty of guest collabs (my fave being the Klaxons on All Rights Reversed from 2007’s We Are The Night).

Well, they’re back, and the guests are all but absent. 2010’s Further a far more consistent sounding dance record, backed by their absolutely flawless production. The straight pop hooks seem to have been hewn from something way tougher than the often insubstantial materials we’ve heard in recent times.

Out this week on iTunes, you can get the more or less perfect wet dream of a remix package of their track Swoon – Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas, who make a spaced out disco odyssey, and Boys Noize, whose ‘Summer Mix’ is the epitome of that blissful moment in a hot club in the height of summer when the happiest, heaviest tune drops, and in your head, the mantra is going ‘Just remember to fall in love, there’s nothing else…’ Except it’s not in your head. Dreamy. Swoon.

The Chemical Brothers – Swoon (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix)

The Chemical Brothers – Swoon (Boys Noize Summer Remix)

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