Chemical Brothers - Exit Planet Dust (Vinyl)

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Exit Planet Dust is the debut studio album by English electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers. It was first released on 26 June 1995 in the United Kingdom by Junior Boy's Own, Freestyle Dust, and Virgin Records, and on 15 August 1995 in the United States by Astralwerks. The album was recorded between August and November 1994, with "Song to the Siren" performed live. Its title is a reference to their departure from their earlier name The Dust Brothers.

The album's recording began in August 1994 and concluded in November. Tom Rowlands stated in 2002 that they "stayed up for three weeks making it". One song from the sessions, "Leave Home", was first released in late 1994 on the duo's mix album, NME Xmas Dust Up, released as a covermount cassette tape in an issue of NME. The first six tracks on Exit Planet Dust are continuous, making a medley. These six tracks include "Leave Home"; and edits of the duo's previous songs "Chemical Beats" and their first track "Song to the Siren", the latter being recorded live on the album from Sabresonic nightclub in March 1994, which belonged to Weatherall's act The Sabres of Paradise, who also remixed "Leave Home".

The duo became resident DJs at the small—but hugely influential—Heavenly Sunday Social Club at the Albany pub in London's Great Portland Street at this point. The likes of Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, James Dean Bradfield, and Tim Burgess were regular visitors.[citation needed] The Dust Brothers (as they were at the time) were subsequently asked to remix tracks by Manic Street Preachers and The Charlatans. Their remixes of Primal Scream's "Jailbird" and The Prodigy's "Voodoo People" received television exposure, being playlisted by MTV Europe's "The Party Zone" in 1995.

The album was finished by 1995 and released on the Junior Boy's Own label, in conjunction with The Chemical Brothers' own independent leg of that label, Freestyle Dust; and Virgin Records, which later replaced Junior Boy's Own as the band's head label. The duo, however, had to change their name to The Chemical Brothers after the US Dust Brothers had threatened to sue them if they refused to. The Chemical Brothers name came from the duo's track "Chemical Beats". The name change inspired the name of the album.



"The brothers gonna work it out"
The Chemical Brothers debut explicitly opens with a sample of Kraftwerk's 1975 song Ohm Sweet Ohm, but instead of transitioning into a slow dirge like the Kraftwerk song, The Chemical Brothers power right into a Big Beat assembly. Now The Chemical Brothers are seen as one of the forerunners of Big Beat and Exit Planet Dust is definitely a precise exercise of that particular style. A shame that the record as a whole just gets lost in the context of 90s club music in general.

Although it may not sound very dated entirely because this type of music just as a natural ability to sound cool, The Brothers work out some neat variations, like on their hyper intense cover of Song To The Siren. But then again the squealing synths get a bit overbearing on songs like Three Little Birdies Down Beats. This type of squeal sounds like something that The Crystal Method would try and imitate on their album Vegas. The first part of the deep beat tracks F**k Up Beats puts together a swift bulky but moody moment that fleets away on Chemical Beats. A track that just kinda repeats the tricks of Three Little Birdies.

For the first time The Chemical Brothers slow down on Chico's Groove, but the slow sway that goes down only gets most appealing when the voice samples drop in. There is something about this second half of the album that really develops more character. Because the better moments like One Too Many Morning, Life Is Sweet, and Playground For A Wedgeless Firm. Life Is Sweet is particularly memorable with Tim Burgess providing some slick Madchester like vocals to the cut. While Playground is a shorter but thick electronic moment of psychedelia. With some great drum loops, samples, and heavy distorted synths.

The theme of the album is made somewhat clear, and that is one of the reasons why Exit Planet Dust doesn't come of as cringy. The end of the album is like the closing to a coming of age film, because the album is kinda like a coming of age film. "Leaving Home", "Alive Alone" that is basically what the album is about. It's the sounds of the rebellious youth of the 90s bathing themselves in both the world of ecstasy lined music. A sound and cultural movement that I think marked the second wave of punk.

By: CarCRashInterior.

A1 Leave Home
Bass [Dirty Bass] – Seggs*
A2 In Dust We Trust


B1 Song To The Siren
B2 Three Little Birdies Down Beats
B3 Fuck Up Beats
B4 Chemical Beats


C1 Life Is Sweet
Engineer – Tim Holmes
Voice – Tim Burgess
C2 Playground For A Wedgeless Firm


D1 Chico's Groove
D2 One Too Many Mornings
Engineer – Dan Zamani
D3 Alive Alone
Voice – Beth Orton



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Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Virgin Records Ltd.
Copyright © – Virgin Records Ltd.
Recorded At – Orinoco Studios
Recorded At – Da Da Studios
Recorded At – Sabresonic Nightclub
Edited At – Berwick Street Studios
Mastered At – The Exchange
Published By – M62
Published By – BMG
Published By – Copyright Control
Published By – Warner/Chappell
Pressed By – EMI Records
Credits
Design – Negativespace
Edited By, Compiled By – Cheeky Paul
Engineer – Steve 'Dub' Jones* (tracks: A1 to D1, D3)
Engineer [Assistant] – Tim Holmes
Mastered By – Mike*
Producer – Ed Simons, Tom Rowlands
Written-By – Simons*, Trehy* (tracks: D2), Mason* (tracks: D2), Jones* (tracks: C2), Burgess* (tracks: C1), Rowlands*
Notes
Made and printed in UK.
Released with coloured labels.
Glossy inner sleeves.

A1: contains a sample of Blake Baxter's "Brother's Gonna Work It Out", courtesy of Logic Records.
B1: recorded live at Sabresonic nightclub 1994.
D2: contains a sample of Swallow's "Peekaboo" and "Follow Me Down", courtesy of 4AD Records.

Recorded between August and November 1994 in Orinoco and Da Da studios south London. Edited and compiled at Berwick Street. Mastered at The Exchange.

Published by M62 / BMG / Copyright Control, except C1 published by M62 / BMG / Copyright Control / Warner Chappell.

℗ and © 1995 Virgin Records Limited

On individual track credits C2 is credited to Rowlands / Jones but on the back sleeve it is printed "All tracks written by Rowlands / Simons".
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Label Code: LC 3098
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Price Code: PM 264
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