The good news is the quality of the latest acts announced.
The 23rd edition of the Netherlands' Lowlands Festival sees yet another wave of incredible artists hit the bill ahead of the date this summer. Hot Chip and Kendrick Lamar are among the major new additions, with seventeen more acts also announced.
Following the enormous success of his worldwide number one third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly', Kendrick Lamar is bringing his hip hop talent to the festival circuit with Lowlands just being the latest in a string of gigs this summer; he will also be playing Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Outside Lands and Reading Festival in the UK. Hot Chip will be supporting their own new album, 'Why Make Sense?', which is set to be released on May 15th 2015.
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Motorhead, FFS and George Clinton make for exciting surprise additions.
The duo to release 'Born In The Echoes' this Summer.
The Chemical Brothers are set to return with an all new studio album this Summer, 'Born In The Echoes', featuring eleven tracks of captivating electronica and a host of impressive collaborators. They also unveil the stunning first track 'Sometimes I Feel So Deserted'.
The Chemical Brothers are back! With some special guests...
The electronic pioneers bring back their brand of mind-bending musicianship, five years since the release of their last record 'Further'. While there was no sign of any musical guests on that album, 'Born In The Echoes' changes all that by introducing a host of new and old collaborators. Q-Tip, who last appeared on 2005's 'Push the Button', will feature on track two 'Go', and Ali Love will return for 'EML Ritual'. Meanwhile, they have also taken on board the talents of St. Vincent for 'Under Neon Lights', Cate Le Bon on the title track and Grammy winning Beck on 'Wide Open'.
'Sometimes I Feel So Deserted' is the first track to be released from The Chemical Brothers' upcoming eighth studio album 'Born In The Echoes', which is set for release on July 17th 2015 through Virgin EMI Records.
The Chemical Brothers release an audio for their track 'This Is Not A Game', which features on the soundtrack for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1'. The full soundtrack album will be released on November 17th 2014.
Earlier this year, The Chemical Brothers became the first artists of their kind to release a four-dimensional movie of a live performance in cinemas only. Recorded last July at the Fuji Rock festival in Niigata, Japan, 'Don't Think' is a visually interactive documentary that captures the essence of The Chemical Brothers live performance in every way possible. Having witnessed the cinematic experience at Nottingham's Showcase in February alongside a smattering of hardcore fans and passers by, its one of those films that demands to be seen, perhaps more importantly, in the right surroundings. Directed by Adam Smith, whose previous credits range from overseeing episodes of Dr Who and Skins to music videos for The Streets as well as providing visuals for The Chemical Brothers first ever gig in 1994, 'Don't Think' is a timeless collection of footage highlighting the euphoric intensity of one of the UK's most consistent live acts these past two decades.
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Lily Allen and Chemical Brothers - Ed Simons There has been speculation that Allen has recently rekindled her romance with ex-boyfriend Simons, of The Chemical Brothers, although they have yet to officially comment on their relationship status. London, England - leaving Lily Allen's house to recycle some bottles after spending the last two days there. Thursday 10th July 2008
Chemical Brothers and Lily Allen - Ed Simons There has been speculation that Allen has recently rekindled her romance with ex-boyfriend Simons, of The Chemical Brothers, although they have yet to officially comment on their relationship status. London, England - leaving Lily Allen's house to recycle some bottles after spending the last two days there. Thursday 10th July 2008
The Chemical Brothers
We Are The Night
The Chemical Brothers are as inextricably linked to the 90s as bucket hats, Noel Gallagher's eyebrow and ridiculous affluence, and on the evidence of We Are The Night, they haven't moved on much.'All Rights Reversed' is decidedly dodgy from the rather suspect pun title downwards, even a turn from Klaxons unable to lift it above third-rate emo-dance, whereas the presence of the ubiquitous 'Do It Again' only serves to remind us just how irritating it is, in all its sub-Timbaland glory.
That's not to say the album fails on all counts, 'The Pills Won't Help You Now' is a triumphantly sweet piece of downbeat pop, featuring vocals from Tim Smith of Midlake. Also, 'A Modern Midnight Conversation' is a brilliantly disorientating drone, complete with woozy synths and buzzing sitars.
These moments though, are havens in a desert of half-baked Big Beat and undeveloped ideas. 'Battle Scars' wastes the raw vocal talent of Willy Mason with a dull dirge, elsewhere 'The Salmon Dance' is probably intended to be ironic, but just sounds like an excruciating novelty song.
When an act with so many epochal tracks behind them produces something as underwhelming as We Are The Night, it's a real shame, especially when they make such poor use of stellar guest stars.
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