Today The Chemical Brothers share the official video for their new song, “Free Yourself.” Eight months in the making, in collaboration with production company, Outsider, and content creation studio, The Mill, the video uses cutting edge visual effects and motion capture technology to tell a near-future story of factory robots freeing themselves. “Free Yourself” is available for purchase and streaming HERE via Astralwerks. View the official video HERE:
The video was directed by Dom&Nic, the creative duo who have worked with The Chemical Brothers over a period of twenty-two years and have worked on videos including “Hey Boy Hey Girl,” “Block Rockin’ Beats,” “Setting Sun” and the award-winning video “Wide Open” from the band’s 2015 album Born In The Echoes.
Of working on “Free Yourself,” Dom&Nic said: “Why would artificial intelligence behave any different to humans discovering music and dance for the first time?
We’ve all seen humans dancing brilliantly like robots, we’ve also seen robots dancing brilliantly like robots, but you’ve never seen robots dancing badly like humans. That’s new…
The Chemical Brothers’ music allows people to get out of their box at a gig or listening to the record – it’s a moment of frenzied abandonment to the music. We wanted to capture that feeling in the idea of an oppressed robot workforce suddenly abandoning themselves to music and fun. It’s robots having fun, robots being silly and robots raving!
It’s a black comedy and an observation or conversation about the possible future relationship between robots, artificial intelligence and humans. Maybe we don’t have anything to be scared of, why do we think the worst about AI and humanity?
We imagined a near future where robots had become a sentient underclass and we felt sorry for them and wanted to imagine them finding a way to free themselves, have fun and dance.
Tom and Ed are the best people to make music videos for, their music always inspires great visual ideas and stories and as artists they are incredibly supportive of the creative vision.
We just couldn’t have made a film like this without the total commitment and dedication from the VFX team at The Mill, they took it on purely for creative endeavor. It’s our second such collaboration with them on a Chemical Brother’s music video and in both cases, they have had to break new ground in the world visual effects.
The project took seven months from first idea to finished film.
It’s tonally completely different to Wide Open but again explores a theme of dance and a non-typical version of the human form and we hope people will find it a worthy follow up.
During the production on this film a cartoon was published in the New Yorker. It showed a couple of robots in a laboratory doing some moves and the quote from the scientist in the picture was “it appears they don’t want to take over, they just want to Dance!” we knew we were on the right tracks when we saw this.”
Wes, of The Mill, says: “We are thrilled to be involved in another Dom&Nic and The Chemical Brothers collaboration. Following on from the success of ‘Wide Open’ in 2016, ‘Free Yourself’ presented us with the challenge of designing and animating hundreds of robots, continuing the theme that runs through many of The Chemical Brother’s videos – dance.
This is the kind of VFX work that encouraged many of The Mill’s artists to get into the industry and, by continuing to push the boundaries of creative excellence, we hope to inspire the next generation of artists. It’s a project that enabled and required us to experiment with new motion capture technology, using our expertise to capture dance moves on set, in the studio, and in-house at The Mill.
To be entrusted with bringing Dom&Nic’s vision to life is a real privilege. It’s been a huge team effort over a eight month period and I’m proud that ‘Free Yourself’ has manifested into a standout piece of work that showcases what The Mill does best –high-end, photo-real visual effects work.”
“Free Yourself” is the latest track from legendary duo The Chemical Brothers, a song which already proved to be a highlight of the bands spectacular new live set at festivals across Europe this Summer.
“C-h-e-m-i-c-a-l,” a brand new track from The Chemical Brothers, is now available for download on iTunes and streaming on Spotify. The song – a fan favorite from the band’s live shows – premiered last night in the U.K. on BBC Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s “Hottest Record In The World.” DJ Ben Harvey gave “C-h-e-m-i-c-a-l” its first stateside spin on SiriusXM’s BPM Channel yesterday.
The standalone track “C-h-e-m-i-c-a-l” follows the band’s GRAMMY®-nominated 2015 album, Born In The Echoes (Astralwerks), and news that The Chemical Brothers’ entire catalog of eight studio albums will soon be available in the U.S. on double LP vinyl.
The influential U.K. band’s first seven albums have been unavailable on vinyl for some time, but Astralwerks is releasing limited edition colored vinyl of each on December 9, followed by standard black vinyl on December 23. The hand-numbered, limited edition colored vinyl will be available exclusively at U.S. indie retailers. These are available for pre-order now at Amoeba and at local record stores. Born In The Echoes is already available on vinyl. The seven albums to be reissued are listed below along with the colors of the limited edition vinyl.
Exit Planet Dust (1995) – Clear Vinyl
Dig Your Own Hole (1997) – Solid White Vinyl
Surrender (1999) – Solid Blue Vinyl
Come With Us (2002) – Solid Red Vinyl
Push The Button (2005) – Transparent Blue Vinyl
We Are The Night (2007) – Soda Bottle Clear Vinyl
Further (2010) – Transparent Green Vinyl
After a year of headlining arenas and festivals around the world, The Chemical Brothers will be playing four sold-out U.K. shows in December. For details, visit http://www.thechemicalbrothers.com.
The Chemical Brothers have sold 12 million albums and six million singles worldwide. They were the first electronic act ever to receive a GRAMMY® Award, winning in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for “Block Rockin’ Beats.” The song, which appeared on 1997’s RIAA Gold-certified album Dig Your Own Hole, was the first track by an electronic artist to chart at Alternative radio, where The Chemical Brothers have continued to receive strong support. 2005’s “Galvanize” featuring Q-Tip took the GRAMMY for Best Dance Recording while the albums Push the Button (2005) and We Are the Night (2007) won in the Best Electronic/Dance Album category. Further (2010), the 2012 live album, Don’t Think, and 2015’s Born In The Echoes were each nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album and the 2015 single “Go” featuring Q-Tip was nominated for Best Dance Recording. The Chemical Brothers have had six No. 1 albums in the U.K.
Premiered via Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show as Hottest Record, “Long Wait” is the latest single to be taken from Dusky’s anticipated forthcoming album Outer. Today, Dusky present the trippy official music video – all shot in one take underwater. Watch the official video for “Long Wait” below and stream the track on Spotify HERE. Outer is set for release on October 14th via Astralwerks/17 Steps and is available for preorder HERE.
“Directing a one-take video underwater was great fun,” explained director Noel Paul. We synchronized the action sonically, by banging a rock against the side of the pool underwater. Meanwhile our actor Marcos was able to hold his breath for the entire 3 minutes over and over again while his body cooled down to a scarily low temperature. There’s no trickery, he really held his breath!”
Embodying the melting pot of influences that Outer represents, “Long Wait” brings together cinematic strings, rave bleeps, chugging grooves and the haunting vocals of Joe Wilson from Solomon Grey in Dusky’s unique style. It follows the wavey, industrial techno surge of “Sort It Out Sharon” featuring godfather of grime Wiley, and the anthemic, 90s-nodding electronica workout “Ingrid Is A Hybrid.”
A journey through the respected duo’s many tastes and influences, the 11 tracks on Outer touch on everything from Belgian techno, UK rave and prog house to ambient, new beat and electronica, offering curveball collaborations with the legendary Gary Numan and the aforementioned Wiley along the way.
From the Orbital-referencing synth-and-strings crescendos of intro “All We Ever Needed” to the UK house meets hardcore-era Prodigy of “Runny Nose,” the duo’s unique capacity for inventive sampling and cleverly reshaping their halcyon influences remains as dominant as it did on their breakthrough underground club singles.
Alongside the album’s release, Nick and Alfie will be taking their new audio-visual live show on tour across the UK, with full headline European and North American DJ tours announced alongside. An Australia/New Zealand tour will follow in the coming months. Current dates below. Ticket links here: duskymusic.com/live.
Röyksopp make their triumphant return to Astralwerks nearly 15 years after the label released the duo’s seminal debut album, Melody A.M. Today, Astralwerks released Röyksopp’s unabashedly club-readynew single,”Never Ever.” Influenced by late-period disco and ’80s electronic pop, the track features critically acclaimed Norwegian vocalist Susanne Sundfør, who also appeared on two tracks from The Inevitable End and on Röyksopp’s cover of Depeche Mode’s “Ice Machine” from the duo’s Late Night Tales compilation album. “Never Ever” can be downloaded HERE and streamed on Spotify and YouTube.
When the Norwegian duo – comprising Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland -released The Inevitable End in 2014, they announced that it would be their final full-length album, but pledged to return with new music in other forms. “Never Ever” makes good on that promise. “The whole idea of us going away from the whole album concept was that we do have many musical expressions that we want to do,” says Torbjørn Brundtland. “One of them might be a club track, but we don’t necessarily want to do an album of it. It’s that way with ‘Never Ever’ – we love it, but we don’t need 12 tracks like it.”
Releasing themselves from the album cycle has freed Röyksopp up to explore new ideas and opportunities, such as their track for Rick Rubin’s Star Wars Headspace album, which challenged musicians to make songs using sounds from the Star Wars universe. One idea they’re working on is for a series of tracks that explores a counterpoint to the super-clean sound of modern electronic music. “I think we would like to further our exploration into the analog world, like the early years of electronic music, where synths and drum machines would be used in combination with more traditional acoustic and analog instruments. Like we’ve done in that past, but take it even further,” says Svein Berge.
Melody A.M. topped the Norwegian Albums chart and the U.K. Independent Albums chart after its release in 2001. Widely licensed, it established the duo as one of dance music’s leading lights. Since then, they have gained worldwide acclaim and been recognized with seven Spellemannprisen Awards in Norway plus two GRAMMY® nominations and a Brit nomination. Röyksopp continues to win praise for their visually compelling headline DJ and live sets – including a sold-out, 2014 co-headlining show with Robyn at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
The Avalanches have revealed the video for “Subways,” the new single from their acclaimed sophomore album, Wildflower (Astralwerks). The Australian band teamed up with subversive French illustrators Mrzyk & Moriceau, who created a rainbow rail 2D animated trip through New York City’s subway system. Produced by Parisian production company Division, Mrzyk & Moriceau’s vision of “Subways” follows a hand drawn cast of colorful outcasts as they walk, skate, dance and sing a surreal tale on their ordinarily mundane commute. Mrzyk & Moriceau’s work has been seen in galleries worldwide, in public installations and in children’s books. They have also made music videos for such artists as Air, Sebastien Tellier and Jackson & His Computer Band.
WATCH THE “SUBWAYS” VIDEO HERE:
Sampling the teenage funk-punk of Chandra’s “Subways” and Graham Bonnet’s version of The Bee Gees’ late period classic, “Warm Ride,” “Subways” is a lucid dreamscape, a glimpse into a dazzling psychedelic summertime which will take listeners back to the classic grooves of The Avalanches’ 2000 debut Since I Left You. Rolling Stone praised the song’s “grooving bassline and richly textured sonic layer.” SPIN noted, “the track is easily the closest to the Avs’ classic sound, with sweeping strings, ecstatic vocals, and finely chopped samples.” The FADER hailed it as “a danceable return to classic form.”
After sending fans into a tailspin with the announcement of Wildflower, their first album in 16 years, and the release of the first single and video, “Frankie Sinatra,” The Avalanches have unveiled a second new song: “Colours.” The track, which premiered on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music Beats 1 radio show earlier this week, features Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev on vocals, who also shares songwriting credits with The Avalanches’ Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi. Fans who pre-order a digital copy of Wildflower will instantly receive “Colours” and “Frankie Sinatra.” Exclusive limited edition vinyl is also available. All formats can be pre-ordered HERE.
Listen to “Colours” here:
Wildflower is set for release on July 8 via Astralwerks In U.S.
Electronic artist Porter Robinson will release a new version of last year’s Worlds LP on October 2 via Astralwerks, with each track remixed by a different artist. Below you can stream the airy trip-hop like rework from Seattle duo ODESZA (pictured above) of the opening track “Divinity” which features vocals by Amy Millan of Stars and Broken Social Scene.