Andy Meecham is a long-time stalwart who remains unconventional and inventive in all he does. He has been dazzling dancefloors for years as The Emperor Machine with his synth-heavy, tough edged and psyched-out disco beats on DFA, Phantasy and Skint Records, and has a musical history dating back to the UK’s acid house explosion as part of Bizarre Inc. and latterly Chicken Lips. Today he serves up an exclusive 1-hour live set with his own productions in light of his recently released Album: Music Not Safari.
His grooves are tough and designed for dancing but are always full of space-age cinematic details that make them stand out from the crowd. That is also true when serving up one of his unique live shows; few conjure the sort of soundscapes as The Emperor Machine, and for that reason, he has been a hit at Craig Richards’ Houghton festival and is the only live artist to have been invited back twice to the bi-annual ‘Revolting‘ party Berghain’s infamous Lab.oratory. In the studio, he has collaborated to critical acclaim with the likes of Erol Alkan as Future Four, and picked up high profile support along the way from DJ’s including Andrew Weatherall, The Black Madonna, Francois K, and Laurent Garnier, to name a few.
Across his latest full length, he once again runs a gamut of styles with a true sense of studio flair few can match, making ‘Music Not Safari’ a truly unique listening experience. Opener ‘C.C.’ is a colourful synth opus, with skyward chords and disco beats all getting you up on your toes. The shimmering synths continue on ‘What You Need’, which has hip swinging claps and perfectly squelchy boogie bass that goes back to the future. Recent single, ‘House Des Lowe’ is full of trickery, reverb, and peerless sound designs, with its rubbery bass and elastic grooves all lit up by darting chords and dancing percussive patterns.
The Emperor Machine’s tracks are never less than luxurious and ebullient and that’s the case again on ‘Moscow Not Safari,’ a cosmic adventure filled with lithe synth work and sonic definition of the highest order. After more rumbling drums and rugged bass that are designed to ignite disco lovers from all eras on ‘Stiff Poly‘ comes the latest single. ‘Danse Blanc’ is an electrifying track that speeds up as it unfolds, with a knotted baseline and organic, wooden percussion all tumbling freely beneath celestial synths and keys. Like all recent singles, when this one gets its standalone release it will be in three forms; ‘Extended’, ‘Version 54’ and ‘Warehouse mix’. Former singles ‘Function’ and ‘Two Voice’ then keep the good times alive with the prickly and upbeat disco charm of ‘You Two’ sandwiched in between.
His new Album is another timeless offering from one of dance music’s most consistently excellent names. So we’re happy to have The Emperor Machine contributing to our mix series with this unique live set, which could serve perfectly for one of your living room parties in this time of quarantine.
01 Music not Safari
02 You Two
03 Dance Blanc
04 Summer of Love (Flash Atkins EM Remix -Live Jam)
05 Two Voice-Version 54
06 Two Voice-Original
07 Stiff Poly
08 Live track (No Name)
09 Gwad Bwash (Future Four-EM Live Rework )
10 Two Voice-Warehouse Jam
11 Future Four (Into Orbit EM Live Rework )
12 Hannah Peel All that matters (EM Remix Live Jam )
13 Live Track (No name)