The Chemical Brothers To Throw Exclusive ‘Exit Planet Dust’ Listening Party

The band’s acclaimed debut, ‘Exit Planet Dust’ was in the UK charts for many weeks, charting in each year from its release in 1995 until 2000.

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The Chemical Brothers are throwing an exclusive Exit Planet Dust listening party on social media this evening, 3 April, at 9pm UK time.

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons took to Twitter to announce the event. They wrote “Exit Planet Dust” Listening Party this Friday 9pm UK time! Follow @chembros @eddychemical @Tim_Burgess @beth_orton @Steve_Dub @robinturner for reflections & memories of making the album. Play or stream along wherever u are & use #timstwitterlisteningparty for your own memories.”

The Chemical Brothers’ highly-acclaimed debut album, Exit Planet Dust was first released on 26 June 1995 in the UK by Junior Boy’s Own, Freestyle Dust, and Virgin Records, and on 15 August 1995 in the United States by Astralwerks. The album was recorded between August and November 1994, with ‘Song to the Siren’ performed live. Its title is a reference to the pioneering electronic duo’s departure from their earlier name The Dust Brothers.

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‘Song to the Siren’ was made simply using a Hitachi hi-fi system, a computer, a sampler, and a keyboard, using a sample of This Mortal Coil. Andrew Weatherall of The Sabres of Paradise had heard the track. He decided to play it live in his DJ sets, and signed Rowlands and Simons to his Junior Boy’s Own record label, which re-released the single in 1993. The band had already become popular remixers, mixing tracks ranging from ‘Jailbird’ by Primal Scream to ‘Voodoo People’ by The Prodigy (their remix of this particular track also became the A-side of “Voodoo People” on select versions).

Exit Planet Dust received widespread critical praise and was in the UK charts for many weeks, charting in each year from its release in 1995 until 2000; its highest peak was number 9 in 1995. The album received considerable critical praise upon release, with the NME describing the record as “brash, raw, rule-bending gear made by open-minded music fans, for open-minded music fans” and it has continued to attract acclaim, later gaining inclusion in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Listen to Exit Planet Dust on Apple Music and Spotify.

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