The Chemical Brothers Announce New Single, ‘The Darkness That You Fear’

The duo’s first official new material since 2019’s acclaimed ‘No Geography’ will be out on Friday, April 23.

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The Chemical Brothers have confirmed their next single, “The Darkness That You Fear”, will be released this week.

The pioneering electronic duo – comprising Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons – have announced the release of their first new material since their 2019 LP No Geography.

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After teasing fans with a preview clip of “The Darkness That You Fear” on social media, the ”Galvanize” hitmakers confirmed the release date of April 23.

No Geography was the pair’s first release in four years after their 2015 record Born In The Echoes.

Meanwhile, the duo previously insisted there’s nowhere more “exciting” to play than Glastonbury. The “Hey Boy Hey Girl” hitmakers had a “religious experience” when they saw Orbital perform at the festival in 1994, and after being booked for their 12th appearance in 2019, they insisted they enjoy the gig just as much as they did the first time round.

Ed Simons said: “We both had a religious experience [seeing Orbital]. I still get tingly when I think about it. We wanted to do that. It’s still to be the most exciting concert you can play.”

The pair broke records in 2000 by performing in front of what was believed to be the largest crowd in the festival’s history but can barely remember the show, so try now to take in the moments much more.

Tom Rowlands said: “Early on you think everything’s going to last forever, whereas now you think, realistically, how many more times are we going to get to do this amazing thing? You become more aware of it.”

In March, the duo shared a new dub mix, on which they explore their love of the music. The hour-long mix is the first in a planned series of themed mixes by the production veterans as they launch a new station ‘Radio Chemical’ for Sonos Radio. The dub mix features music from the likes of King Tubby, Mixman, Dub Syndicate and more.

This summer, The Chemical Brothers are due to play a number of festivals, including Creamfields, Lowlands and TRNSMT.

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