ROISIN MURPHY – ” Róisín Machine “

Posted: September 28, 2020 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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(Photo Credit: Adrian Samson)

Irish indie-pop singer Róisín Murphy first made a name for herself as one half of ’90s U.K. trip-hop duo Moloko. After the group disbanded in 2004, Murphy embarked on a solo dance-pop career that saw her release four riveting albums, then vault back into the limelight in 2018 as the vocalist on DJ Koze’s immaculate “Illumination.” She’s now revving up to release her fifth LP, “Róisín Machine”, which sees Murphy unfurling into a full blown disco diva with a collection of tracks she’s banked across the last decade. Róisín Machine is a collaboration with producer Crooked Man (aka Sheffield’s DJ Parrot), and tracks like “Murphy’s Law” and “Narcissus” are disco-pop at its absolute finest—this is seriously like Robyn meets Sylvester. Murphy needs to be considered among Irish pop’s most accomplished artists, and the track “Incapable” alone is one of the best dance floor tracks you’ll hear all year.

Róisín Murphy has contributed a few songs to the dance-club canon during the course of her 25-year career as a soloist and a member of the electronic duo Moloko (the group’s “Sing It Back” remains a reliable floor-filler). But recently, material that wouldn’t be out of place at iconic parties like the Loft and the Paradise Garage has become her primary focus. Murphy pushes further in that direction with the release of Róisín Machine, a full-length collaboration with the producer DJ Parrot that includes singles like “Incapable,” smoldering, cold-hearted disco, and “Murphy’s Law,” which evokes late-Seventies Joe Bataan and Donna Summer. “Róisín rang up one day and said she wanted to make some house music,” DJ Parrot said. “Off we went.”

Tell you what, the contest for the best modern disco record of the year is gonna be a hotly contested one. Róisín Machine, the long-awaited fifth record from Irish powerhouse Róisín Murphy is up there with the best of them.

‘Something More’ is a slower and deeper track than some of the big bangers Murphy has drip-fed us since last year, but an affecting throwback that’s got a little bit of Grace Jones, a little bit of 90s piano house and, of course, Murphy’s own indomitable approach to making dancefloor music hit you heart as much as your glutes.

Róisín Machine is out now.

Release date: September 25th

Official Audio for Incapable by Róisín Murphy. The new album ‘Róisín Machine’ is out September 25

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