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The Chemical Brothers

After the disappointment of the past three albums, Rowlands and Simons return to form wiTha banging display of renewed vitality. John Earls bows down to a late-period masterpiece



Over their previous three albums, it had appeared The Chemical Brothers were content to become a heritage act operating, in the studio at least, to diminishing returns. We Are The Night was Chems-bynumbers. Further was at least an interesting experiment, where Tom Rowlands started singing, but was too downbeat to thrive.

Most recently, 2015’s Born In The Echoes started to get them back on track. But Ed Simons didn’t tour it, focusing instead on academic work. Simons was replaced on stage by Adam Smith, their longtime visuals exec, who is more used to directing Doctor Who and Dickensian BBC1 period dramas than manipulating banks of keyboards. BoThSimons and Rowlands spoke openly about possible retirement.

Then came last year’s shows at Alexandra Palace. The pair met at university, so perhaps it’s apposite Simons’ academia has seemingly revived the duo’s hunger. Those concerts were a spectacular reminder of why The Chemical Brothers are the best live act pure dance music has to offer. Were they busy transferring that energy to the studio? Yes. Yes, they were. No Geography is comfortably The Chemical Brothers’ best album since 2005’s Push The Button, ranking wiThthat and Dig Your Own Hole as their greatest work.

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In issue 26 of Long Live Vinyl we’ve enlisted an all-star cast to tell the inside story of 2 Tone, the label and scene that gave hope to a generation. Jerry Dammers and his former Specials bandmates join members of The Beat and The Selecter to talk us through the history of one of the great British musical movements in a series of exclusive interviews you won’t want to miss. Elsewhere this issue, we speak to Foals and Sleaford Mods about their brilliant new albums, and The Antlers reflect on the 10th anniversary reissue of their cult classic Hospice. We also revisit Pixies’ timeless second album Doolittle on its 30th birthday, meet legendary Buzzcocks designer Malcolm Garrett and visit the best record shops in South Wales. If all that’s not enough, you’ll find reviews of new releases and reissues by the likes of New Order, The Chemical Brothers, The Fall, Gang Of Four and Kevin Morby, plus the latest new turntables, amps and speakers. Enjoy the issue!