I said a few weeks ago that for the past few years, Scotland seems to be a fertile breeding ground for amazing new electronic talent emerging with the likes of Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, Koreless, Soosh and now another new discovery I have made, Machines In Heaven.
In all honesty, what caught my attention first was the name of their EP and then I read an interview on Bandcrush, where they are asked to explain it:
Glasgow Jihad? Errrr…
The literal meaning of Jihad is struggle or effort and the title reflects the inner turmoil we all experience in our everyday lives. Our current material reflects that. It’s nothing to do with religion.
They also were asked about their key influences:
What would you say your key influences were?
Key influences are Pixies, Nirvana, Clark, The Cocteau Twins, Classical and anything that’s based in 2 step/Garage, Beach Boys, Chic, Notorious BiG, DJ Premier, Timbaland, Timberlake, Destiny’s Child, Plaid, DFA, UK Bass, Rave. Joy Division/New Order, Slayer, Radiohead, Mogwai, Tears for Fears The Smiths, At the Drive-in, Arthur Russell, The Microphones, Joan of Arc and RZA.
Finally, they were asked to describe their sound:
Describe your sound in ten words or less!
Epic, multilayered electronic quasi-spiritual orgasms in your face. Word.
That was enough for me and I was sold and just had to listen to their new FREE EP.
And man I wasn’t expecting anything as near as brilliant as what I heard, this EP is amazing man.
If you can imagine The Cure collaborating with the Boards of Canada, Air and Slowdive, you get Machines In Heaven. It is like a Supergroup!
Totally blown away man, do not sleep on this: