The Chemical Brothers: No Geography review – revitalised back-to-skool anthems

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(Virgin EMI)

Three decades after they emerged – along with Underworld, Orbital and the Prodigy – as field-filling dance-music big beasts, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons’s ninth album journeys back to the source. During recording, they built a “studio within a studio”, containing all their old vintage/analogue gear, which had been gathering dust since the 1990s. The idea was presumably that by making music how they used to, they’d rekindle some of the old inspiration and then tweak it for 2019 with the larger studio’s modern tech. Which is pretty much how No Geography sounds.

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