Brothers Gonna Work It Out

[ release details ]
Released 21st September 1998
[ cover ]

Brothers Gonna Work It Out

[ tracklisting ]
UK/Europe/US CD
Freestyle Dust (UK) & Virgin (Europe), XDUSTCD101
Freestyle Dust (UK) & Virgin (Europe), XDUSTCDX101 (Limited Edition CD; Same tracklisting, but in cardboard case)
Astralwerks (US) ASW 6243

 01 Willie Hutch "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" (10:52)
      Chemical Brothers feat. Justin Warfield "Not Another Drugstore"
      Chemical Brothers "Block Rockin' Beats (the Micronauts remix)"  
      On The House "This ain't Chicago" 
      The Jimmy Castor Bunch "It's Just Begun"

 02 Kenny Dope presents The Power House Three "Makin' A Living" (9:13)
     Badder Than Evil "Hot Wheels (The Chase)" 
     Unique 3 "The Theme (Unique mix)" 
     Love Corporation "Gimme Some Love"

 03 The Micronauts "The Jazz" (15:37)
     The Serotonin Project "Sidewinder (312 vs 216 Stomp mix)" 
     Carlos 'after dark' Berrios "Doin' It After Dark (D-Ski's dance)" 
     Freestyle "Don't Stop The Rock" 
     Metro L.A. "To A Nation Rockin'"

 04 Chemical Brothers "Morning Lemon" (14:51)
     Meat Beat Manifesto "Mars Needs Women" 
     Renegade Soundwave "Thunder" 
     DBX "Losing Control" 
     Dubtribe Sound System "Mother Earth"

 05 Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin JNR "The Riot" (18:18)
     The Ultraviolet Catastrophe "Trip Harder"  
     Manic Street Preachers "Everything Must Go (the Chemical Brothers remix)"   
     Spiritualized "I Think I'm In Love (Chemical Brothers vocal remix)"

UK/Europe Cassette
Freestyle Dust (UK) & Virgin (Europe), XDUSTMC101
 Same tracklisting as CD (above)

UK/Europe Minidisk
Freestyle Dust (UK) & Virgin (Europe), XDUSTMD101
 Same tracklisting as CD (above)
[ information ]

"Brothers Gonna Work It Out" is a mix album from the Chemical Brothers, and was typical of the type of material the guys played when DJing in clubs at the time.

[ reviews ]

Why does this album exist? It doesn't offer any new Chemicals tracks (although five of the Brothers' remixes and b-sides turn up to the party). It's not a state-of-the-mix document of the Chemicals as DJs, either -- Dubtribe's "Mother Earth," Renegade Soundwave's "Thunder," Carlos Berrios' "Doin' It After Dark" have been in their set for years.

No, this mix is here to remind us how much The Chemical Brothers have changed the rules. Distilling DJ'ing to its essential ingredients -- some mad underground beats, some funky lost classics, a few anthems -- and heaving them into the air with drunken abandon, this pair of shy suburban students woke up parties that had been sleeping since the last days of acid house. This album is here to take the spirit of Tom and Ed's home club, The Heavenly Social, to a world that never got to witness The Greatest Night Out Ever in person.

Sure, 1996's Live at the Social: Vol. 1 showcased the same party, but that mix was a covenant for the converted British masses. It's unlikely that America's club kids will embrace Brothers Gonna Work It Out in the same way, but you can't help but root for this record. Where else do forgotten funkateers (Willie Hutch, The Jimmy Castor Bunch), Acid House demons (The Serotonin Project) and space rock visionaries (Spiritualized) find such joyous common ground? Nowhere. This is the party.

Rolling Stone [ "they offer a wicked tapestry of fresh sounds, boomeranging grooves and aggressive fuzz" ]

The Chemicals use the mix-tape format to usher their music in a new direction that's less constricted by the four-on-the-floor big-beat genre they helped invent. On the fantastic Brothers Gonna Work It Out, they cede their cartoon-beat franchise to recent popularizers like Propellerheads. Instead, they offer a wicked tapestry of fresh sounds, boomeranging grooves and aggressive fuzz. Like Beastie Boys, the Chemicals have top-shelf retro-futurist taste, knowing when to bring on records by Seventies obscurities like the Jimmy Castor Bunch or Willie Hutch, from whose old Motown track the album gets its name. The Chemicals' music descends like a filmy rain of a zillion fine, tiny pieces of combined and recombined beats, phrases ("It's time to get down"; "Don't stop the rock") and repeating riffs. Their conservationist streak extends beyond out-of-print vinyl: They revel in Dubtribe's demand "I want my planet back," on "Mother Earth." Like Flex, who'll throw on the occasional old-school nugget, the Chemicals sometimes get sentimental, remixing traditional Brit rockers like Manic Street Preachers. But with an album like this, the Chemical Brothers are showing that they know the big secret about "the future": It's occurring right now. [ 3.5/5]