The Emperor Machine returns with his first new release in almost four years, ‘Like a Machine’ backed with a remix from Andrew Weatherall. Andy Meecham AKA The Emperor Machine really needs little introduction, having been at the forefront of electronic music for well over 20 years now. His musical history as Bizarre Inc, Sir Drew and Chicken Lips charts the changing face of dance music over the last two decades but it is perhaps as The Emperor Machine that he has found his most experimental and innovative outlet.
‘Like A Machine’ sees Meecham dive back into classic Emperor Machine territory with a pulsing and purring slice of electronic disco that builds around a rolling arpeggio in continual flux whilst he layers the track with an array of FX, instrumentation and vocal incantations. The opening ‘Extended Erotic Vocal’ brings a sultry and sexy vocal version of the track to the fore with an energy and intensity that sizzles for almost ten minutes. Next up the ‘Stretched Erotic dub’ strips things back to the underlying groove, delivering a cut that lets the subtleties of the arrangement shine. Andrew Weatherall takes ‘Like a Machine’ and revamps it into a deep and rolling rework that is an instant late night druggy track with its off kilter synth lines and added spoken word vocal parts. The last version sees Meecham drop his ‘Extended Erotic Instrumental’ providing a vocal free mix for those with an aversion to the sound of the human voice. Finally the package is completed with bonus cut ‘System Seven Hundred’ a track that see The Emperor Machine journey into mid tempo hypnotic wonderment with a record that builds and builds. It’s out now.