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Chase & Status – Brand New Machine – (Album)

Following on from the No. 2 success of 2011 No More Idols & seeing new acts Disclosure & Rudimental release critically acclaimed big unit shifting debuts the pressure is on Chase & Status to deliver, Brand New Machine got off to a good start with the lead off single Lost Not Found featuring Louis MÙ ttrs reaching No.9 in July and Count On Me Featuring Moko reaching No.5 in October, however does Brand New Machine malfunction or does it fire on all cylinders?

Chase and Status have opted to use relatively unknown artists like Bo Saris, Jacob Banks, Moko, Louis MÙ ttrs & Abigail Wyles, however like most of the best dance albums in 2013 a Niles Rodgers collaboration is course de rigueur and Brand New Machine is no exception.

Nile Rodgers makes an appearance on What Is Right which features a sublime vocal by Abigail Wyles. If Soul II Soul were current high profile record makers they would be making songs like this.

Chase and Status take us on a journey of most the dance music scenes that have taken place in the UK over the last 20 years we get UK Garage in the track Blk & Blu – A house rave hybrid onDeeper Devotion, Old Skool Rave on Count On Me (which oddly has a co-writing credit by Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe) , Ragga on International and Dancehall on Pressure, Hip Hop on Gangsta Boogie, Trip Hop on Heaven Knows, Dubstep on Alive and Drum & Bass on Breathing

VereViews reckons that the standout track on Brand New Machine is Like That featuring Moko, this is a classy break beat song with strings, think Emeli Sande Heaven but grittier.
Brand New Machine never seems pedestrian just as you get used to one dance genre another one hits you on the next song. They say that variety is the spice of life, this adage is true for the musical stylings of Brand New Machine.

Making a cohesive album with so many different genres could have left other artists with a huge mountain to climb, however Chase and Status pull it off with their Brand New Machine pleasing on all fronts whilst giving the listener a potted history of most of the music scenes heard on British shores in the last twenty years.

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