After a three-year hiatus since their last album Born in the Echoes, The Chemical Brothers returned to embark on a world tour to promote their upcoming unnamed album. Fans were more than able to satisfy their Chemical cravings through the recent release of their latest single Free Yourself and their visit to Alexandra Palace.
The night commenced on a high with a performance of their hit single Go, that perhaps thanks to the – pardon the pun – “chemistry” of the vocals of Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest) with the electronic sensibilities of the Mancunian [Manchester] duo became an instant soundtrack choice in popular culture (and perhaps your local gym). The visual spectacle that accompanied the performance was equally effective in creating a stylish if occasionally creepy atmosphere that matched that of many of their older music videos.
The Brothers’ setlist mostly consisted of other older hits from the 1990s and the early 2000s. An extended performance of Star Guitar, in addition to other chart-toppers such as Do It Again, Hey Boy Hey Girl and Block-Rockin’ Beats did indeed get many rocking to the beat, jumping up and down on the pit with full pints in hand. This was no mean feat considering the popularity of the EDM scene, showing that the Brothers still knew how to take charge of a sizeable dancefloor. Both the stage show and the performance of another Chemical Brothers hit Galvanize, another Q-Tip collaboration, proved a highlight.
Considering the promise of both their earlier work and the single Free Yourself, it is likely that we will experience a return for The Chemical Brothers to their trippy and perhaps darker roots. One does hope though that another collaboration with Q-Tip will not be off the charts!