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Dunno what's going on with this new Turing Machine record. It came out last week on Temporary Residence and for some reason we only got one copy on vinyl. So, this isn't exactly an up-to-date review and we don't really have the records so, as usual, it's another case of irritatingly pointless delegation of tasks. Hopefully we'll get some LPs sometime soon but with Cargo it's always hard to tell.
You'll be pleased to know that Turing Machine's third (and most likely final) record is an absolute triumph, much like the albums that preceded it. For some background it's worth noting that Turing Machine evolved as a live entity at about the time James Murphy was getting into the swing of things with his DFA label. Though from a post-rock and hardcore background, they quickly evolved into a krautrock/psychedelic dance band the bonus of having one of the worlds most precise and spirited drummers - Jerry Fuchs. Fuchs played an instrumental part in the rise of the DFA sound (he played with LCD Soundsystem, Maserati, Holy Ghost!, The Juan Maclean, !!!, MSTRKRFT, and even Massive Attack) due to his absolutely unshakable skills. The dance-punk-funk sound is basically defined by his metronomic style and for me, he's the modern equivalent to the old masters of Motown/Soul/Funk/Disco when people could REALLY play...like forever without skipping a beat or losing the vibe. Totally pre-drum machine.
Anyway, I digress. Fuchs unfortunately passed away whilst in the process of making this record, which left the remaining two members - Justin Chearno and Scott DeSimon - to complete it. This is obviously not the ideal situation to make a record in but somehow they managed it. The result is forty minutes of refined, beat heavy psych-dance-punk instrumentals that owe as much to the post-punk underground as they do to electro, krautrock, disco and boogie-funk among others. Of the three records they've produced this is easily the most dance orientated yet they're as inventive as ever in getting the best out of the skeletal line-up with Fuchs's beats sounding as awesome as ever. The man was a genius. It's hard to listen to this and not be gutted...he'll be sadly missed, as will the band. 10 x better than LCD. 20 x better than Battles. If you've not heard them, you should definitely check this out.
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