The album is much more experimental than previous efforts, with tracks like "Let Forever Be" which is a very clear tribute to The Beatles' Tomorrow Never Knows. "Out Of Control" is more house influenced, and the breakout single "Hey Boy Hey Girl" has a familiar rave sound.
Many of the artists that the duo worked with on this album, they would work with again. The duo were quick to work again with Bobby Gillespie, who appears on the third track and third single "Out of Control", as they remixed Gillespie's Primal Scream song "Swstk Ys" (as it was titled on the 1999 single release) which later appeared on the band's 2000 album Xtrmntr. Surrender was the first Chemical Brothers album not to feature a guest appearance from Beth Orton, though she would appear on the following album Come with Us on the song "The State We're In".