When it comes to purist Motor City Futurism, few can match the Burden Brothers' Octave One outfit. They seem to have been artistically rejuvenated in recent times, with Love By Machine - their sixth full-length in total - appearing little more than 12 months after their superb Burn It Down album. Over the course of nine hugely entertaining tracks, they successfully wring every last bit of soul from their machines, pairing traditional Detroit techno sounds - fizzing hi-hats, Model 500 style bass, bold synthesizer melodies, and nods to both electro and Italo-disco - with drum hits, pianos and other subtle touches borrowed from house. The result is another rich, melodious and far-sighted collection.
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