April 21, 1997 12:00 PM

The Chemical Brothers

If techno is really the Next Big Thing, the British DJ team known as the Chemical Brothers (Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons) deserves to be its Next Big Stars. The Brothers (not really siblings) are already revered in club culture thanks to 1995’s Exit Planet Dust, but this second CD takes their assault of bombast and beats, house and hip hop to a new level.

The Brothers borrow heavily from hip hop’s cut-and-paste production methods, notably on the cacophonous, turbo-charged “Block Rockin’ Beats” (which samples old-school giant Schoolly D) and “Elektro Bank,” featuring young rapper Keith Murray. They’ve already cracked the Billboard singles charts and MTV with “Setting Sun,” a this-is-your-brain-on-drugs rave-up (with droning guest vocals from Oasis’s Noel Gallagher) that throbs with a sinister psychedelic energy. The musical progeny of Black Sabbath and Public Enemy concoct a noisy pastiche of breakbeats, synth blips, sequencers and guitar loops—it’s a danceable explosion that rocks the party. (Astral-werks)”

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