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- Ich Bin Meine Maschine - Remixes by Atom TM
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This new Atom TM 12" has three remixes followed by the album version of the song being remixed, so I'm going to start on track 4 and work my way backwards if that's alright with you.
The album track is nice, a slowly pulsating bit of Germanic techno with a male voice repeating the Kraftwerk-referencing title of the track. Towards the end it gets all glitchy and electronically broken-sounding and confusing. Skip back one and Function's remix is a big slab of bunker techno with a hypnotic bass drum rumble and the word 'Maschine' repeated and echoed as the hypnotic rhythms get increasingly layered and complex, later some dystopian synth swooshes come in, and it gets broken towards the end too in a nod to the original.
The second track on side A is the "linear remix" provided by TM himself, where he strips the track back to its most basic essence for a pulsating and minimal mechanical head-nodder that's got a bare-bones dystopian cyberpunk vibe, like the soundtrack to a drive across a never-ending industrial wasteland. The vocals have been removed and the robots have taken over. Finally there's track 1, the Boys Noize remix, where we find the vocals digitally crushed and the beats twitchy and fluttery, with some cosmic drones and whooshes taking the song's roboticism into full-on sci-fi territory.The modular-sounding bass loop and relentless piston-like rhythms bring to mind Factory Floor a little bit.
Not a bad 12" at all, the remixes are distinct enough to not feel annoyed that I just listened to the same song four times in a row.
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