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This Machine (Kills Me)

by Crooked Man

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"Machine started life as a completely different beat, tempo, vocal, everything. The idea was to just use a little sample from a famous old film, "sometimes they get into the machinery" but it didn’t work out. We ended up with a quite wordy song about internet induced inertia... machines spreading a soft kind of learned helplessness. Hypnosis by computer screen. That didn't really work either, until we slashed the lyric right down to a few shards."

-Richard Barratt, Crooked Man


released July 28, 2016



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Crooked Man Sheffield, UK

Richard Barratt aka Parrot aka Crooked Man is the Sheffield based producer who is most famous for being one half of the duo Sweet Exorcist, alongside Cabaret Voltaire founder Richard H Kirk.

Sweet Exorcist were known as the first architects of the bleep techno sound, closely associated with Warp Records, and responsible for releasing the first CD on Warp, in 1991.
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