Addictive and very wonky

A few dance legends have attempted an orchestral techno album. Jeff Mills brought us ‘Blue Potential’ with Montpellier Philharmonic Orchestra, whilst Acid Brass kicked the whole thing off with covers of ‘Voodoo Ray’ and the KLF’s ‘What Time Is Love?’. However none thus far had transformed their orchestras into an organic robot insisting each player plucks in severe micro restraint. ‘Mr. Machine’ is the sound of a real orchestra playing tiny, incredibly well programmed notes. And the result is an addictive and very wonky wander around the reverberations of wood, catgut, ivory keys and stretched skins. It’s delightful and should raise the spirit of Thomas Brinkmann and Akufen from their deathbeds.

8/10

Words by MATTHEW BENNETT
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