“Blood Machine” is the follow-up to “Body Electric”, and would also be the last full-length collaborative album of Steve Roach and John Strate-Hootman (aka Vir Unis).
In the process of creation, the two musicians were exploring a kind of collaboration where the mutual focus is maintained through them, both having the same computer-based system for recording, arranging and transforming, sketching and evolving a piece at a high level.
On this audiophile quality recording (headphones highly recommended!), the duo nicely extends on the electrifying and impressive fractal groove/loop creation glued together in minimalist form as heard on their debut, while leaving room for transparent, immersive sound worlds. Just dig “Evolution” or the energetic “Impulse” and “Mindheart Infusion” on this high-tech album to picture this. Moreover, the masterful repetition and blend of smooth pulsating sonic elements creates a pleasant chill-out atmosphere of most subtle shifting textures that’s hard to compare with anything else.
With a bit of luck, one might be able to find a hardcopy of this worthy, almost out-of-print release (which Steve likes to refer to as elegant futurism).
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