Vinyl 12" £8.99 ZEN12367
Red and black splattered translucent vinyl. 12" on Ninja Tune.
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The last Machine Drum record, ‘Room(s)’, was one of the best electronic/dance type records of recent times. A near perfect encapsulation of everything great and good about underground electronic music...bits of garage, rave, trance, house, all put in a stew...with added guitars. It seems from the press release that it wasn’t just me who liked it and that newly signed to Ninja Tune, there is going to be a big thing about Machine Drum this time round. And so there should be.
The lead track could fit pretty easily onto ‘Room(s)’ starting off with some nice Detroit house type warm synths it quickly brings in the skittery breakbeats and the type of rave infuenced repetitive vocal samples that were so effective on previous work. It’s a good track though I’m slightly irritated by the constantly repeating voice sample which seems less effective the more it’s used.
The B side uses the same effect with a repeating vocal sample sitting on top of pounding bass and drum work, it’s particularly good when some reggae type keyboards are brought in along side some great garagey/dub step type atmospheres and the vocals here are not as overdone with some nice variation (Jamie Lidell is mixed up somewhere here but i can’t tell what he’s doing). It’s good but...oh God, I hope this big press campaign doesn’t mean that he’s going to play the obvious card, the lack of imagination on here especially on side 1 is a slight concern but I will await the album and attempt to judge it on its own terms.
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