Copyright 2001

[ May 1st 2001 ]

The Chemical Brothers have been testing the water for their upcoming album by loading club DJ's with their latest "Galaxy Bounce" track which is set to appear on the upcoming Elektra Tomb Raider movie soundtrack, SonicNET reports today.

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons have given a few potential tracks for their new disc to DJs who are testing them out on club kids. "It's looser rather than making everything a big deal, you do a piece of music and you get people to play it and you see if it grows or evolves naturally. And then we can take time to see if we like it." Rowlands said shortly before the duo's set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday. The club tryouts could lead to the release of a single this summer. The Chemical Brothers have spent the last several months holed up in their London studio working on music for their fourth full-length album, the follow-up to 1999's Surrender.

The process has brought with it some anxiety about topping, or at least matching, their previous work, Simons said. "We've made a lot of music now, and we want to make a record that is as good or better than what we've done before. ... Every time, the record you made before suddenly becomes this giant thing, and you think, 'That was so good how did we ever do it?'" We think that; no one else does," Rowlands added with a laugh. The Brothers tried out a few new tracks on the Coachella crowd during their festival-capping DJ set, including "Galaxy Bounce," from the upcoming "Tomb Raider" soundtrack (June 5), and the tentatively titled "It Began in Africa."

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