“MAX PIX: Chemical Brothers Exit Planet Dust” Written by DJ Maximus 3000, Arketipo 187 February 1, 2012
Edition 4: MAX PIX 8.
During my high school years, the rave culture was in full bloom. I felt a very strong connection to this musical movement that was new and completely belonged to my generation.
Yes, it was drug-fueled. Yes, it was spaced out. but it was also an unfathomable exploration into uncharted cerebral territory.
The futuristic sound was linked to a futuristic, eutopian way of thinking (P.L.U.R.: peace, love, unity, and respect) that was coupled by experimental music, dress, experimental drug use, and almost a post-apocalyptic “Mad Max” vibe, if you will. Everyone was “tuning in and dropping out.”
This caused the record industry to take electronic acts seriously, and provide serious budgets. There were a rash of albums that I consider electronica gold, that were echoes of what was going on in warehouses, fairground spaces, and eventually, stadiums.
If you ask me about the royal family of the rave culture, The Prodigy, Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Moby, Future Sound of London, Crystal Method, and Fatboy Slim come to mind. These acts not only dominated the culture but also headlined every festival from here to Timbuktu (literally).
I will get around to reviewing my favorite must-haves from each of those acts (check back for that soon), but I have to start with the group whose debut full-length album was branded in my psyche as a permanent reminder of my teen years.
The duo from Manchester, the Chemical Brothers, are credited for being the pioneers of “big beat,” in essence a British answer to American hip-hop and b-boy culture featuring record producing heavy in samples and loops.
Their debut album Exit Planet Dust, would be considered the epitome of electronic beats by many Americans. However, it is in fact intentionally hip-hop oriented. Most tracks range from 90-115 beats per minute, the more “dance” tracks at a cool 122 bpm. The tracks take you on a journey, as if to reflect their infamous live DJ sets that were a fixture at London’s Heavenly Sunday Social Club.
The album is a devilish blend of acid house, trip-hop, big beat, and old school hip-hop samples. The most haunting and enigmatic track is “Alive Alone,” which features a very melancholic Beth Orton. Other worthy tracks are, “Life is sweet“ (whose single includes a rare remix by early Daft Punk), “Three Little Birdies Down Beats,“ and “Fuck UP Beats.”
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Alex Ferbeyre pka DJ Maximus 3000, is a chart topping producer, remixer, DJ, and founder/owner of the record label 8025 Alliance Music Group. DJ Maximus 3000 is also an experimental artist who has been working in the music industry since 1995. He has a background in music theory, journalism, and marketing and is the music editor of Arketipo 187 Magazine. Follow Ferbeyre on Twitter and Facebook or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.