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Dig Your Own Hole

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Taking the swirling eclecticism of their post-techno debut, Exit Planet Dust, to the extreme, the Chemical Brothers blow all stylistic boundaries down with their second album, Dig Your Own Hole. Bigger, bolder, and more adventurous than Exit Planet Dust, Dig Your Own Hole opens with the slamming cacophony of "Block Rockin' Beats," where hip-hop meets hardcore techno, complete with a Schoolly D sample and an elastic bass riff. Everything is going on at once in "Block Rockin' Beats," and it sets the pace for the rest of the record, where songs and styles blur into a continuous kaleidoscope of sound. It rocks hard enough for the pop audience, but it doesn't compromise either the Chemicals' sound or the adventurous, futuristic spirit of electronica -- even "Setting Sun," with its sly homages to the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" and Noel Gallagher's twisting, catchy melody, doesn't sound like retro psychedelia; it sounds vibrant, unexpected, and utterly contemporary. There are no distinctions between different styles, and the Chemicals sound as if they're having fun, building Dig Your Own Hole from fragments of the past, distorting the rhythms and samples, and pushing it forward with an intoxicating rush of synthesizers, electronics, and layered drum machines. The Chemical Brothers might not push forward into self-consciously arty territories like some of their electronic peers, but they have more style and focus, constructing a blindingly innovative and relentlessly propulsive album that's an exhilarating listen -- one that sounds positively new but utterly inviting at the same time.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Block Rockin' Beats
00:05:13

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Dub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheeky Paul, Editor, StudioPersonnel - The Chemical Brothers, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Rowlands, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ed Simons, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Bonds Weaver Jr., ComposerLyricist - John Collyer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Limited

2
Dig Your Own Hole
00:05:27

Ali Friend, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Dub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheeky Paul, Editor, StudioPersonnel - The Chemical Brothers, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Rowlands, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ed Simons, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Collyer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Limited

3
Elektrobank
00:08:18

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Dub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheeky Paul, Editor, StudioPersonnel - The Chemical Brothers, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Rowlands, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ed Simons, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kool Herc, Spoken Word, AssociatedPerformer - John Collyer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Limited

4
Piku
00:04:55

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Dub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheeky Paul, Editor, StudioPersonnel - The Chemical Brothers, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Rowlands, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ed Simons, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Collyer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Limited

5
Setting Sun
00:05:28

Noel Gallagher, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheeky Paul, Editor, StudioPersonnel - The Chemical Brothers, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Rowlands, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ed Simons, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Collyer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Limited

6
It Doesn't Matter
00:06:14

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Dub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheeky Paul, Editor, StudioPersonnel - The Chemical Brothers, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Rowlands, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ed Simons, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Flye, ComposerLyricist - Kim King, ComposerLyricist - John Collyer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Ford, ComposerLyricist - Paul Conly, ComposerLyricist - John Emelin, ComposerLyricist

(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Limited

7
Don't Stop The Rock
00:04:49

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Dub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheeky Paul, Editor, StudioPersonnel - The Chemical Brothers, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Rowlands, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ed Simons, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Collyer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Limited

8
Get Up On It Like This
00:02:46

Tim Holmes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Quincy Jones, ComposerLyricist - Cheeky Paul, Editor, StudioPersonnel - The Chemical Brothers, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Rowlands, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ed Simons, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Collyer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Limited

9
Lost In The K-Hole
00:03:52

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Dub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheeky Paul, Editor, StudioPersonnel - The Chemical Brothers, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Rowlands, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ed Simons, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Collyer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Limited

10
Where Do I Begin
00:06:56

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Dub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheeky Paul, Editor, StudioPersonnel - The Chemical Brothers, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Rowlands, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ed Simons, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Beth Orton, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - John Collyer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Limited

11
The Private Psychedelic Reel
00:09:21

Mike Marsh, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Dub, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheeky Paul, Editor, StudioPersonnel - The Chemical Brothers, Producer, MainArtist - Tom Rowlands, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ed Simons, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jonathan Donahue, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Collyer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Maranoff, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 1997 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1997 Virgin Records Limited

Album Description

Taking the swirling eclecticism of their post-techno debut, Exit Planet Dust, to the extreme, the Chemical Brothers blow all stylistic boundaries down with their second album, Dig Your Own Hole. Bigger, bolder, and more adventurous than Exit Planet Dust, Dig Your Own Hole opens with the slamming cacophony of "Block Rockin' Beats," where hip-hop meets hardcore techno, complete with a Schoolly D sample and an elastic bass riff. Everything is going on at once in "Block Rockin' Beats," and it sets the pace for the rest of the record, where songs and styles blur into a continuous kaleidoscope of sound. It rocks hard enough for the pop audience, but it doesn't compromise either the Chemicals' sound or the adventurous, futuristic spirit of electronica -- even "Setting Sun," with its sly homages to the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" and Noel Gallagher's twisting, catchy melody, doesn't sound like retro psychedelia; it sounds vibrant, unexpected, and utterly contemporary. There are no distinctions between different styles, and the Chemicals sound as if they're having fun, building Dig Your Own Hole from fragments of the past, distorting the rhythms and samples, and pushing it forward with an intoxicating rush of synthesizers, electronics, and layered drum machines. The Chemical Brothers might not push forward into self-consciously arty territories like some of their electronic peers, but they have more style and focus, constructing a blindingly innovative and relentlessly propulsive album that's an exhilarating listen -- one that sounds positively new but utterly inviting at the same time.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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