Fresh from releasing a special, limited edition boxset of The Machine’s debut album, fully reinterpreted and re-recorded by Joaquin Claussell (each personally hand-painted by Australian artist Misha Holenbach), the Pyramids Of Mars imprint is set to drop its first official single. Again, as with the Machine boxset, the label is set to collaborate with Dalston’s LN-CC store to exclusively stock this special leather (yes, leather) sleeved vinyl. So who is worthy of such an opulent package? Step forward Rouge Mécanique – a 25-year-old Parisian armed with a Telecaster and a fresh approach to dance music, whose fashion designer friend Aurelia Paumelle designed the unique sleeve. The title track ‘Witches’ sees rock’n’roll guitar slashes slowed down to a sexual disco groove, while swirls of psychedelic noise come from all angles. It’s got the grind and the groove in a way not heard since The Skatt Brothers, conjuring up images of New York’s sleazy meat-packing district of yesteryear. On the B-side ‘Stingray’ is even more offbeat, a tripped-out hip hop groove originally composed to accompany the models on a catwalk – like Ry Cooder, Didier Marouani and Andrew Weatherall left the party at 5am to hit the studio to make a blues record like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Citing the realm of fashion as a strong influence on his music, this impressive debut is the perfect marriage of both those worlds – keep your eyes peeled for Rouge Mécanique’s debut album due for release on Pyramids Of Mars later this year.
Published: 16th May 2013