Chemical Bros Push Button

Brit DJs return with new club anthems

November 1, 2004 12:00 AM ET
The Chemical Brothers will release their fifth studio album, Push the Button, on January 25th. The record's first single -- due January 18th -- is titled "Galvanize," featuring vocals by rapper Q-Tip.

The duo -- Ed Simon and Tom Rowlands -- became the first breakout of the electronica movement a decade ago with their 1995 dance rock debut, Exit Planet Dust. Since then, Simon and Rowlands have spawned blockbuster dance hits like "Setting Sun" and "Block Rockin' Beats," creating a signature of dance, rock, techno and hip-hop accessible well beyond Euro electronica circles. They've collaborated with artists as diverse as folkie Beth Orton, Oasis' Noel Gallagher, former Verve singer Richard Ashcroft and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. Last fall, the Brothers released the career-spanning compilation Singles 93-03.

The Chemical Brothers just finished a tour of South America. They will play a New Year's Eve show in London before heading to Australia.

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