Once the masters, now failing to claw their way into the contemporary canon

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Album Review: The Chemical Brothers - 'Further' (Freestyle Dust/Parlophone)

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Album Review: The Chemical Brothers – ‘Further’ (Freestyle Dust/Parlophone)

Seven albums in and Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons might no longer be raving on the most future-facing side of dancefloor, but their way with an effortless arms-in-the-air banger is undisputable. On [b]‘Snow’[/b], what sounds like the buzz of a dodgy dial-up modem is layered with sweetly serene lady-vox and [b]‘Horse Power’[/b] offers up an awesome kind of intensely sinister Berlin S&M dungeon disco. The hippified swirling of [b]‘Dissolve’[/b], however, fails to claw its way into the contemporary canon even with an attempt at an Afro-beat outro while [b]‘Wonders Of The Deep’[/b]’s high is too self-consciously grandiose.

[b]Leonie Cooper[/b]

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