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international news _ Jonty Skrufff _ 23rd November, 2004

Chemical Brothers Prepare To Push The Button

The Chemical Brothers began sending out promo copies of their new single Galvanize this week, which is the first track to be taken off their upcoming new artist album Push The Button. Both the single and its accompanying B side Rize are markedly slower and more hip hop orientated than recent Chemical offerings, though retain the acid house heavy beats they've long made their own.

Chatting to Skrufff several months ago , Ed said they've recently been inspired by Black Strobe's Ivan Smaghhe, admitting, 'when electroclash started I initially thought this is something that's not for me but I've been on a couple of dance floors recently and thought 'actually this music really works, it's really good fun, it's exciting, it's druggy and it's doing it'. He also stressed they had no intention of mellowing out in the foreseeable future.

"The new music we're making is hard and twisted and some of if is melodic but ever since our first EP we've been interested in making music that's soothing and beautiful and ethereal as well as making fucked up hard dance music," he stressed.

"The idea that we're toning down and wanting to reach older coffee table markets, when we're releasing records like Electronic Battle Weapon 6, mental, mental acid groove, is just so wrong-headed," said Ed.

The Chemicals' imminent return could also cause mild embarrassment to Alexis Petridis' fellow dance-music-is-dead Guardian critic Caroline Sullivan who wrote off the band this summer.

"With the Chemical Brothers apparently defunct and Underworld on extended leave, Basement Jaxx are pretty much the only big 1990s dance act still telling crowds to wave their hands in the air like they just don't care," she claimed. The Chemicals headlined Creamfields just two weeks later.

11 March: Manchester Apollo
12 March: Glasgow Academy
15 March: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
18 & 19 March: Brixton Academy, London

Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)
Photographer : Tom Sheehan

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