If some readers remember our coverage of The M Machine’s maxi-single on the Robot’s 1-year anniversary, then you might remember the optimism surrounding their debut full-length on Shrillex’s OWSLA label. The day of reckoning has come, with Metropolis Part 1. With the title insinuating that the project hasn’t fully been completed, the first installment proves itself telling, stinking of Shrillex and electronica mastery. The M Machine has found a fitting home on OWSLA, embracing all the aural baggage, therein.
The “Derezzer” (think Daft Punk) style of the albums opener brings a post-industrial, disco feel on “Immigrant,” as “Deep Search” begins as a glitch-rock piece, morphing into a syncopated, electronica/raggae track. The song’s chorus, however, glisten with anthemic chords and slight orchestral backings. The fairy-dust beauty of “A King Alone” is juxtaposed by the paranoid, mechanic underpinnings and creepy vocals featured on tracks like “Faces,” and “Shadow in the Rose Garden,” while “Black” seeps dystopia from its pores.
But the short, 6-track set on “Metropolis Part 1” is solid as a standalone. Still, intrigue surrounds the tale’s completion. The set seems to examine all the possibilities of emotion that the electronic genre can contain – even more so within the confines of Shrillex’s OWSLA label styleguide. But The M Machine executes, delivering a danceable, sometimes intoxicating, sometimes frightening package.