Not An Animal keep up the good stuff here with a chugging dancefloor bomb from Machete Savane, the production alias of label co-owner Andy Bainbridge and kindred spirit Saul Richards. Switching into progressive disco mode Andy and Saul channel the cosmic spirit of Harry Thumann for the frankly MASSIVE "Manticore". If you're not up on your mythological creatures, the manticore was Persia's answer to the Egyptian Sphinx, and I guess this tune is Machete Savane's answer to Thumann's "Sphinx". Taking a pulsating mid-tempo and running with it, the duo add throbbing bass, sky-scraping feedback and star-blazing guitar licks, twinkling arps, expansive mallets and all manner of maximal disco shizzle to turn out a contemporary cosmic killer! Play it at -8 and watch the colours bleed! Remix wise, there's a very much 'night and day' choice to be had here, with Johnny Nash (Land Of LIght) providing his trademark blissed-out ambience to a beatless rendition and Ian Blevins taking the original even further into dancefloor territory, upping the tempos and evoking the drive of Paperclip People. Blasters at the ready folks, this is proper space music from the thus-far faultless label.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Machete Savane deliver a mid-tempo chuggathon here, which does it's very best to update the kaleidoscopic magic of German genius Harry Thumann. Coupled with a nebulous ambient version from Johnny Nash, this is one hot spacecraft, kids.