The Emperor Machine

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Are you still missing the days you spent navigating through outer space? Well you’re in luck, The Emperor Machine has a catalogue of music which emanates that cool retro space disco vibe you’ve been looking for.

I’ve been following what I can of The Emperor Machine for a few years now—brainchild of Andy Meecham, (one half of house duo Chicken Lips)—and released formerly on vinyl label DC Recordings,  and currently on Norman Cook’s (Fatboy Slim) label Southern Fried Records. The Machine seems to sneakily release tracks and remixes here and there on Soundcloud and vinyl without much (if any) marketing; they don’t have a website, and even Pitchfork has only vaguely mentioned them. Their last release in 2013 was the first since 2009, so there could be a chance of another album some time soon. 

Their sound consists of a hypnotic and mesmerising, trundling and pummelling space-italo-disco-krautrock tracks cannot really sit comfortably in any genre. The mostly instrumental music uses a host of vintage hardware and software to create psychedelic arpeggios and space age sounds.

Picks
  • “The TV Extra Band” from Aimee Tallulah is hypnotised (2004)
  • “Hey! (Extended Dub)” from Hey! [EP] (2013)
  • “The Frontist” and “Kananana” from Space Beyond the Egg (2009)
  • “Bodilizer Bodilsizer” from Vertical Tones & Horizontal Lines [Part 3] (2006)

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