2019 Jun 08     
2 Bit Thugs

Rave veteran Andy Meecham takes us back to warehouse raves, electro and disco in a wide-ranging set of mixes

Andy Meecham has been on the scene since the early days of rave, originally as part of the awesome Bizarre Inc, then as one-half of Chicken Lips. And for a long time now he's been recording as The Emperor Machine, so he certainly knows his way around a studio! He's now signed to Skint, so expect to hear a lot more from him in the near future.

This is a great release that features seven mixes by the man himself. First up is the Original Mix, which starts with a synth loop and builds with percussion, more synths and some definite b-boy attitude, as the track is quite sparse with a kind of 80s electro vibe. Then we get the Warehouse Mix, which starts with a kick and again is a builder, but this time it has a phatter sound with added instrumentation, most notably a great electric piano by way of a lead line. This has the effect of kicking it it forward in time to the heady days of warehouse raves. 

Next comes the Version rub, where Meecham adds female vocal samples, ethnic percussion and a Funky Town-like bassline, giving the track a different vibe altogether as it nods to the disco era. That's followed by the Extended Synths mix, where he strips it back to basics with just synth and a clap. This is really aimed at DJs, as are the Dub Beats, Version Percussion and Warehouse Beats passes, which would be great fun to use with the main mixes to create your own on-the-fly remix.

My favourite is the Warehouse Mix as it reminds me of my youth, as it no doubt will for many other ‘time served’ types! But for younger househeads, it's just a great track. It's a well thought-out release and I look forward to playing it out.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 7 June



Review Score: 8




Tags: The Emperor Machine, Andy Meecham, Skint, house, electro