...and four other things you should know about this week, including the film that took 2,000 sit-ups a day to prepare, the stylish noir that's hilariously bad and the album that David Guetta should go listen toMore
It’s been just over 20 years since The Chemical Brothers released their landmark debut album Exit Planet Dust and a lot has changed in the world of electronic music since. Acid house, warehouse raves, the rise (and fall) of dubstep, Skrillex’s haircut, Avicii pressing play at festivals in front of thousands and even an EDM-themed Zac Efron movie which we can’t wait to not see.
Throughout this time, the two biologically unrelated but chemically bonded brothers have remained at the forefront, with their recent Glastonbury triumph proving they’re as relevant and inspired as ever. Born in the Echoes is the duo’s eighth studio album and is the Chems at their best; radio friendly pop tracks ('Go') sit side by side with euphoric floor fillers ('Sometimes I Feel So Deserted') with a host of impressive guests (Beck, St. Vincent) thrown in. Electronic music is about more than just the drop, you know. Someone should tell Guetta.
Out on Friday 24 July (Virgin EMI Records)
The rise of Jamaica in the world of athletics was one of those stories that everyone could enjoy. A country punching above its weight – or smashing its PBs – with unbridled, unapologetic panache. But, asks esteemed sports journalist Richard Moore in his new book, The Bolt Supremacy: Inside Jamaica’s Sprint Factory, are we on the cusp of a rude awakening?
Following positive drugs tests by high-profile Jamaican athletes including Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, questions have started to be asked about just how the country’s gains are being got. In this supremely entertaining and lively account, Moore travels around the island, speaking to everyone from coaches to drugs testers to Bolt’s own father, fully immersing himself in the athletics world while also asking difficult – and occasionally unwelcome – questions.
The Bolt Supremacy: Inside Jamaica’s Sprint Factory (Yellow Jersey) by Richard Moore is out on 23 July