Ten years in the making, Róisín Murphy’s fifth studio album, Róisín Machine is Murphy’s sharpest record to date created in partnership with the Sheffield based producer, Parrot, aka Crooked Man, aka Richard Barrett.
As other artists’ releases have suffered at being unable to promote their releases through playing live at festivals, gigs or clubs, Róisín Machine is one of those albums that can be enjoyed in the realms of isolation. A kitchen-dancefloor record of the finest quality.
In taking her time to perfect the release of Róisín Machine, Murphy has released an album that is going to go down as one of the best dance experience albums of the year.
Scientists have previously used MRI scans to map peoples responses to music, with imagery showing the effects of producing a highly evolved response to music. The brain illuminates as the dopamine (also known as the reward hormone), surges through your brain. The response you have to music that sets your arm hairs on end, the kind where you can feel chills down the back of your neck. If your brain was scanned whilst listening to this album, it would look like the dancefloor in Saturday Night Fever.
The album’s first track ‘Simulation’ is a club ready phenomenon. It elicits the kind of euphoria found on those nights when you go out with all of the best people, where the bass is heavy, your heart is racing and you are no longer rooted to the Earth. That kind of feeling, only elevated with a crescendo to end all crescendos
Only two singles were released in the run up to the albums release. The immeasurabe ‘Murphy’s Law’ and the club banger ‘Something More’.
Other stand out tracks on this scintillating record are ‘We Got Together’ and album closer ‘Jealousy’ where the bass line appears to have been lifted from the dancefloors of the seventies.
Language experts have shown that the word Boogie is in decline, slowly becoming obsolete, but if anyone can resurrect the boogie it is Róisín Murphy, and this album could be its breath of life.
Róisín Murphy has had a very long and illustrious career first with Moloko and now as a solo artist yet Róisín Machine has edged it as her finest work to date.