this soft machine

Premier: It's Operational (CHIDA Remix) - This Soft Machine

Hot on the heels of its recent release, Eskimo Recordings are to release a new single taken from their Yellow Collection compilation later this week. Returning to Eskimo after his double-sided release last year, On & On / This Place Was Meant For Me, It's Operational is the latest track from This Soft Machine.

This Soft Machine is the moniker for musician Tim Sullivan and, in keeping with the general atmosphere of The Yellow Collection, It's Operational is a deep psych Balearic number. This remix is one of two that feature on the single, out on Friday. Sullivan met CHIDA after moving to Tokyo in 2009, describing him as "a guy with a huge smile and a great music knowledge to match". CHIDA's mix ups the pace and toughens the feel of the original to create a deep piece of electronic drama, the final minutes of the track building to an unstoppable crescendo.

It's Operational is released on Friday. Pre-order the release which includes the original, the CHIDA remix and a third version by Berlin-based DJ and producer Avalon Emerson here.

EP Review: On & On / This Place Was Meant For Me - This Soft Machine

This Soft Machine cites both Yellow Magic Orchestra and the Ramones as influences, and they made their debut via a two hour mix for Nicholas Jaar's Other People label. On this double a-side debut release for Eskimo we have Nicholas Jaar's Darkside band mate Dave Harrington handling guitar work and Cut Copy's Dan Whitford providing synths.

With those influences and collaborations it would be difficult to know what to expect, but the resulting record is actually a relatively straight forward combination of the atmospherics and experimentation of an Other People release, the big pads of a Cut Copy track and a little bit of LCD Soundsystem style percussion. Throw in some deadpan Nancy Wang like vocals from Lorraine Nicholson for opening track On & On and it feels like you could be listening to a super group formed from some of the best bands of the past ten years.

Whether it borrows from contemporaries or just draws from the same inspiration is up for debate... What isn't is that the two tracks here provide a solid introduction to this Australian-born producer, now based in Berlin via Japan.

Check out On & On above, the full release will be available from Monday on Eskimo Recordings.