Artist – Chase & Status
Album – Brand New Machine (2013)
Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/5J4tGxnV2RZZPLdQKIiCAG
This British Electronic duo rose to fame over the course of two albums, ‘More Than A Lot’ and ‘No More Idols, which featured a host of top class guests, such as Plan B, Cee Lo Green, Dizzee Rascal and Maverick Sabre. Chase & Status are one of the few electronic acts that seem to bridge the gap for electronic fans and rock fans, such as The Prodigy and Pendulum do. This means they’ve had the opportunity to perform at festivals like Download, as well as the typical Global Gathering and Creamfields. Chase & Status now take the next step in their career with the third album ‘Brand New Machine’.
‘Brand New Machine’ is a slight detour for Chase & Status, sounding all around more heavy, gritty and grime influenced than the previous albums. This feel comes from great guest performances in the form of Pusha T, Major Lazor and Knytro, as well as the deeper, fuzzier bass sounds Chase & Status have created. Along side these dirtier tracks are the catchy, dance inducing tracks which make Chase & Status’s live shows the incredible experience they are. These lighter songs include ‘Blk & Blu’, ‘Lost & Found’, ‘Count On Me’ and my personal favourite ‘Alive’, which gives off a summer hit vibe. All around the album seems a tight piece of work, with a range of styles and tones to evoke something in the listener.
I do feel that the guest artists on this album aren’t as A list as on the previous album … but this doesn’t really matter as they put on great performances, however it may not help the initial appeal of the song. The artists on this album certainly aren’t as eclectic as previous. With ‘No More Idols’ Chase & Status included Grime, RnB, Soul, Hip-Hop and Electronic singers, as well as featured bands/producer (White Lies & Sub Focus). The widest range we get on ‘Brand New Machine’ comes from Nile Rodgers and Major Lazer, the rest mainly being Hip-Hop, Grime & Electronic Vocalists.
Overall I really enjoyed this album, it seems a more than worthy follow up to ‘No More Idols’. I am hoping now Chase & Status step even further out of their comfort zone for the 4th album, to create something really interest … which we all know they have in them.