The Chemical Brothers have returned to bless us with more euphoric dance floor jams, this time in the form of their latest single, ‘The Darkness That You Fear’.
Menacing in its nature, the track bursts into life with exuberant techno beats and soothing, Nico-esque vocal lines. If it’s the darkness that you fear, seek to “see the colours”, as the song helpfully points out. Driving and incredibly danceable, the song transcends its ominous title to embrace a certain luminescence that brings you back into the light.
“The Darkness That You Fear is a hopeful piece of music,” Tom Rowlands explains. “When we found the combination of the different voices worked set to the flow of the music it made us feel optimistic, like it was something we wanted to share.”
The Chemical Bros, now a beloved institution of dance and house music who could headline Glastonbury until the end of time without a single complaint, bring all aspects of their signature sound to the fore of ‘The Darkness ThatYou Fear’: hard-hitting sampled drums, twinkling keyboard lines, exciting breakdowns and build-ups, that weird wavy “wub-wub” sound that they pioneered before dubstep made it a cliche. If you love The Chemical Brothers, there’s a lot to enjoy in ‘The Darkness That You Fear’.
As I almost always do when it comes to dance tracks, I would highly recommend the six-minute full length take over the too brief four-minute edit. For maximum rave-tastic excitement, you want a track like this to last as long as possible. Edits always struck me as a devolutionary practice, a lasting effect of the ’90s dance boom when these songs actually got major radio play, and The Chemical Brothers are recidivists when it comes to this practice. They’ve chopped up some of their finest songs for radio play, but the full-lengths, like ‘Escape Velocity’ and ‘The Sunshine Underground‘, tend to have the most energy and the greatest attention to detail, both on record and in a live setting, where the duo can put on a transcendental show that few can match.
This is all to say that ‘The Darkness That You Fear’ is awesome. Will it mean more new music? Who’s to say? There’s well over two decades of Chemical Brothers music to pour over, so any and all new music is a pleasant surprise that should be cherished.
Check out the video for ‘The Darkness That You Fear’ down below.