Sunday, 8 December 2013

T.Power - The Man Machine

T.Power - The Man Machine (SOUR, 1994)

Several artists such as Dom & Roland and Dillinja have sampled Blade Runner on more than one occasion and T.Power is another example. Marc Royal first sampled the film on his Sandman collaboration 'Oedipus Complex' in 1993 ("Let me tell you about my mother") and also included some dialogue on 'Triangle' from his The Self Evident Truth Of An Intuitive Mind LP. However his most substantial use was on 'The Man Machine' from the CD edition of The Elemental, a sci-fi heavy single which also included tracks that sampled Star Wars and Planet Of The Apes.

During the intro it samples a large chunk of dialogue ("The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun...") from the movie's opening scene in which Blade Runner Holden interviews Leon Kowalski using a Voigt-Kampff machine, a contraception that determines whether somebody is human or not - the "man machine" of the title. T.Power places it over ambient synths and piano before 808 kick bass and nicely cut-up and timestretched Soul Pride/Cold Sweat drums arrive. 'The Man Machine' was also the title of a Kraftwerk track and album and their influence looms large in the synth work on this melodically rich tune that muses on what it is that makes us human.

Check out 'The Man Machine' in this mix of T.Power tracks from the period by ThaDarkStranger:

T-Power Overload by Thadarkstranger on Mixcloud

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