Permanent Records: Exit Planet Dust gave electronic music the rock-star treatment

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It took Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands all of nine seconds to hit music fans over the head with what in hindsight has stood as the Chemical Brothers’ mantra for 20 years. Maybe it’s coincidence that the opening line—“The Brothers gonna work it out”—on “Leave Home,” the first track of the duo’s first full-length record, would land and stick with that kind of longevity and conviction. Then again, it’s just as easy to suspect that it isn’t. Simons and Rowlands knew the hodge-podge of sounds swirling around their head defied categorization. In the broadest stroke, it was dance music, but what the pair was grabbing at owed just as much to funk, psychedelia, hip-hop, rock, alternative, and a whole host of subgenre sounds that fell between the sonic floor boards. Bringing …

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