disappeared until 1999, when Meredith and Meecham resurfaced with Steve "Fella" Kotey as Chicken Lips. Since then, it's been full steam ahead, with the boys finding a home at DC Recordings (scheduled to have its own Technophilia post anytime soon) as Big Two Hundred, aka "the dark side of Chicken Lips", and two side projects: Meredith as White Light Circus and Meecham as TEM. Vertical Tones and Horizontal Noise is the second Emperor Machine album, although technically it's a collection of music previously released as 12" singles, according to Meecham, who is already working the "proper" second EM album. There were six records in all, released in pairs, with amazing cover art from the ever-dependable La Boca. Visuals aside, the music is infectious. Live drums keep metronomic time, sinewave melodies gurgle and belch and syncopated basslines move each song forward.
Meecham works dynamics to their full potential giving the disco swing a proper beginning, middle and end, in some cases using the Krautrock staple motorik beat to hypnotic effect. In addition to a slew of killer singles, Meecham has been busy remixing everyone from Moby and Röyksopp to Stephen Malkmus and The Knife, which might be his best remix effort to date: Meecham takes the vocal from the Swedish duo's "Marble House" and lays a sick slo-mo disco backbeat underneath it, all while perserving the electro edge of the original. All six 12" volumes of the Vertical Tones series are still available, as is the CD that compiles them all in one convenient place with a few extras. Search and destroy! Credit: Mike Battaglia @ Amoeblog.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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