The legendary Chemical Brothers helped change the face of dance music, popularizing the big beat subgenre and fusing it with psych rock elements. Starting out in the mid-'90s, the duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons worked with some of the most beloved names in Britpop and alternative/indie music to create beat-heavy, star-studded, wonderfully cohesive electronic albums. On January 13th, Astralwerks is reissuing the first seven studio LPs in their dazzling catalog on standard black vinyl. On that date, we'll also have a very limited quantity of hand-numbered, indie exclusive color vinyl versions available in-store only -- while supplies last.
Here's why each album made an impact on the worlds of electronic, indie, and beyond.
Exit Planet Dust (1995)
Months after changing their name from the Dust Brothers, the newly-rechristened Chemical Brothers released their debut LP. (Exit Planet Dust is a reference to the name change; album track "Chemical Beats" inspired the moniker.) The LP epitomizes the big beat sound with which the duo's name would become synonymous. Also available on limited edition clear vinyl.