[ release details ]
Released 17th January 2005
[ cover ]

[ Galvanize Promo & 12" Sleeve]

[ Galvanize CD Sleeve ]

[ tracklisting ]
UK/Europe CD1
Freestyle Dust/Virgin (UK), CHEMSD21
 01 Galvanize (4:31)
 02 Rize Up (4:07)

UK/Europe CD2
Freestyle Dust/Virgin (UK), CHEMSDX21
 01 Galvanize (4:31)
 02 Galvanize (Extended Version) (7:34)
 03 Electronic Battle Weapon 7 (7:24)
 04 Galvanize (Video)

UK/Europe Promo CD
Freestyle Dust/Virgin (UK), CHEMSDJ21
 01 Galvanize (Radio Edit) (3:11)
 02 Galvanize (Extended Version) (7:34)
 03 Rize Up (4:05)

UK/Europe Promo CD2
Freestyle Dust/Virgin (UK), ????
 01 Galvanize (Abu Duque Remix) (?:??)

Astralwerks, ASW76599
01 Galvanize (Extended Version) (7:34)
02 Rize Up (4:07)
03 Electronic Battle Weapon 7 (7:24)

Japan CD
Virgin Japan, VJCP-12183
 01 Galvanize (4:31)
 02 Galvanize (Extended Version) (7:34)
 03 Galvanize (Abu Duque Remix) (?:??)
 04 Rize Up (4:07)
 05 Electronic Battle Weapon 7 (7:24)

UK/Europe 12"
Freestyle Dust/Virgin (UK), CHEMSTDJ21
US 12"
Astrakwerks, ASTR 76599
 A1 Galvanize (Extended Version) (7:34)
 B1 Electronic Battle Weapon 7 (7:24)

UK/Europe Promo 12"

Freestyle Dust/Virgin (UK), CHEMSTDJ21
US Promo 12" (catalogue number unknown)
 01 Galvanize (7:31)
 02 Rize Up (4:05)

[ information ]
Vocal on "Galvanize" is by Q-Tip.

Highest UK Chart Position: 3 (entered the chart on January 23rd 2005).
[ reviews ]


It’s the arse-end of 2004 and the only people who still give a shit about The Chemical Brothers’ new album are those who’ve had their critical facilities eroded by bad ecstasy/aspirin/rat poison (delete according to dealer). So how do the Chems wipe away their image as ageing student raveheads? By drafting in a load of guest vocalists, of course, and releasing the first fruits of their labour to iTunes in the year’s most barren week of quality singles.

Not that ‘Galvanise’ – a chrome-plated collaboration with Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip – is merely the sweetcorn in this week’s turd of releases. In truth it’s as fresh and funky as Ed and Tom have sounded in an age. Shimmering strings, a huge breakdown and lyrics about – hey! – the party being “over here”; the end result is luscious future-hop that’ll restart parties in the heads of all who cross its path and not just those dribbling E victims still trying to drink the green goo out of their glowsticks.

Tim Jonze