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Chemical Brothers push their sound

Here’s what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny.

music Updated: Jun 28, 2010 15:20 IST
Luke Kenny
Luke Kenny
Hindustan Times

Here’s what you want on your iPod...


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tom Petty has always been a fan of straight up rock ‘n’ roll with a bit of the blues thrown in. A lot of his music reflects his influences and contemporaries from people like Bob Dylan and George Harrison, to bands like the Beatles and The Yardbirds. But having said that, Tom Petty is his own musician, his own rock star and his own influence.

This is his 12th studio album with his band The Heartbreakers and it’s an album of all the honesty one has come to expect from a hardened bunch of musicians led by the charming Tom Petty. The smirky delivery of lyrics and the simplistic arrangements make this one a breeze to listen to. An interesting thing to note is that the album was recorded live in a studio with most musicians including Petty playing on vintage equipment. Now that’s cool.

Shout it Out
Sony Music
They were one of the cutest trio of brothers to come out in the mid nineties, long before the Jonas Brothers even had a twinkle in their eye. And now 13 years after ‘Mmmbop’, the boys are all grown up and writing, well, kind of grown up songs.

One cannot deny the ambition displayed in the song writing here. Brass arrangements and soaring choruses with some funky bass lines make up much of the listening experience. And of course, there are the strong harmonies, which have been the signature sound of the brothers. It’s nice to see how the brothers have smoothly evolved into fine musicians who keep their songwriting slick and taught. This is one for those long drives.

Chemical Brothers

The masters of the dance floor return with their seventh studio album to much happiness from fans of electronic music worldwide. As club music takes precedence over general dance music, it is up to these ‘pioneers’ of the body beat, to push the boundaries of sound within the electronic envelope. And this is precisely the whole point of this album, which is so appropriately titled. And whenever I put on a new Chemical Brothers album, this is exactly what I look for. And I get it every time.

One interesting thing to note here is that every one of these eight tracks on the album has an accompanying film made specifically to match the track. So it is an audio-visual experience of epic proportions. The album runs for about 52 minutes, so look at it as a 52-minute seamless album set to seamless film. Fantastic!

Flying Lotus
Warp Records

Humbly born as Steven Ellison and carrying the pedigree of being related to the legendary John Coltrane, this 26-year-old sonic genius is one of the music world’s best kept secrets, until now. Known by his popular name, Flying Lotus, or FlyLom, as his fans like to call him, get ready to listen to an album of staggering electronic avant-garde arrangement.

It excites me no end that there are new musicians out there who are devoting themselves to just pushing the barriers of sound. This is his third album and I am going to definitely seek out his first two albums and give them a listen. But Cosmogramma is light years ahead of whatever is out there. This is a producer’s dream, a far departure from the traditional arrangement of popular music and vocal arrangement. I already see collaborations with Bjork in the pipeline.

First Published: Jun 28, 2010 13:39 IST