The Chemical Brothers’ official anthem for the London 2012 Olympic Games has been given its first airplay on Radio 1′s Zane Lowe show.
The track, by duo Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, is entitled ‘Theme From Velodrome’ and will be played at cycling events during the games.
Featuring lush string arrangements, vocodered vocals (‘VEL – O – DROME‘), relentless arpeggios and a rocking ’80s-inspired beat, ‘Theme From Velodrome’ pays homage to Kraftwerk – and their own 1983 cycle-epic ‘Tour de France‘.
Rowlands, a keen cyclist, said: “I have always made a connection between electronic music and cycling repetition – the freedom and sense of movement.” He added that he hoped the track would “reflect the sense of speed, pace and drama” inherent in the sport.
Asked if either of the boys had been sent tickets yet, a miffed Simons said: “We did ask but no one’s come through yet…”
The Chemical Brothers’ composition is one of five commissioned for the games, with others from Muse, Elton John, Delphic and Dizzee Rascal.