No Geography

CD £11.99
  • UPC: 0602577286858
  • Release Date: 12 April 2019


Label Review. 

2019 album. Also available on vinyl

Our Overview. 

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons have been together for 30 years but it wasn't until 1992 that they began in earnest, initially Djing as 'The Dust Brothers' but soon turned to producing their own instrumental tracks to insert into their sets. They were spotted by the Junior Boy's Own label who released their first single "Song To The Siren" in 1993. As well as building their own repertoire, they remixed other artists and quickly made a name for themselves. They probably knew they had made it when the original Dust Brothers (a us production team who masterminded the Beastie Boys second album 'Paul's Boutique') requested they change their name. And thus the Chemical Brothers were born. A deal with Virgin Records saw their debut album 'Exit Planet Dust' released in 1995 and by the time of their second album 'Dig Your Own Hole', they had scored back to back UK Number 1's and every studio album since then has also made Number One!

To realise their ninth album 'No Geography', The Chemical Brothers built tracks vocal samples; voices were wound tightly into music that Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons found themselves following wherever it led them. Snatches of dialogue from the late ’60s experimental Dial-A-Poem project were chosen that reflected the mood in the studio. Songs were road tested in front of audiences as part of the 2018 live set (which took in two shows at Alexandra Palace – the band’s biggest UK headline shows to date) and honed in regular DJ sets the world over.

'No Geography' features "Free Yourself" and "MAH" (described as “a short & bloody ride into our modern media psychosis” by The Guardian) in addition to "Got To Keep On". Several of the tracks on 'No Geography' feature vocals by Norwegian singer/songwriter Aurora who wrote and recorded parts in the band’s studio in close collaboration with the band. Japanese rapper Nene features on the record’s opening cut "Eve of Destruction".