Review - Music: Response Ep

Artist: The Chemical Brothers

Music: Response Ep
Label: Astralwerks
Media: CD
Format: Album
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The Chemical Brothers have come a long, long way, baby. They've had to prove that they were more than just the archetypal purveyors of big beat. They later distanced themselves by turning out the more house- and electro-inflected album, "Surrender," which on the surface might have seemed like a departure from their more densely sampladelic days toward streamlined compositions and fluid mixology.

"Music: Response" -- an EP featuring the original single version and two previously unreleased remixes of "Surrender," two live tracks and two outtakes from the "Surrender" sessions -- finds Tom and Ed laying their love of the groove on the line.

Outtakes "Freak of the Week" and "Enjoyed" keep within the attention span of the average rocker, but also within recognizable TCB compositional confines. This is merely a reminder of the duo's potency.