Quite some time has elapsed since The Chemical Brothers released a full-length studio effort, with their Grammy-nominated Born In the Echoes LP releasing back in 2015. That all changes now as the UK-based pioneering electronic duo release their ninth studio album, No Geography.
The 10-track showing, which just landed on Astralwerks, exudes all the strength and perfunctory wit of the pair’s defining sound, which blurs the boundaries of genre to point of becoming a postmodern pastiche of sonic empress. From the gritty, acidic, funky bass lines of “We’ve Got To Try” to the soulful, liquid disco track, “Got to Keep On,” the album’s already released tracks tracks have racked up over 20 million combined streams globally.
Add to that stand-outs tracks like the spaced-out “The Universe Sent Me,” the soothing “Catch Me I’m Falling,” and the minimalist techno-laced “EML Ritual,” and what’s been cooked up on No Geography is a sonic soirée of their classic acidic stamp. Not to mention, it’s the next step in their evolving oeuvre.
The Chemical Brothers will kick off the 2019 leg of their world tour in support of No Geography beginning in May, with North American dates running through August.