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The Emperor Machine – Aimee Tallulah Is Hypnotised

This gloriously frazzled album is the finest work to date from Andy Meecham, half of hip house duo Chicken Lips and one-time Bizarre Inc member. Composed on vintage analogue hardware and propelled by generous Krautrock grooves, Aimee Tallulah Is Hypnotised could be the freewheeling soundtrack to a William Burroughs-penned lysergic head-movie helmed by John Carpenter. Meecham skilfully steers this enjoyably indulgent romp through disco, radiophonica and flute-fried psychedelia without ever losing focus, proving, on the addled odysseys “Watching Flying Body Parts” and “SH3A”, that a cracking tune always wins out. Magnificent, man.