Chicken Lips: ‘D.R.O.M.P. (The Emperor Machine Extended Version)’

The British collective known as Chicken Lips, comprised of producers Andy Meecham and Dean Meredith, and collaborations with Steve Kotey and Jonny Spencer, have been creating outstanding tracks for the dancefloor since 2000, focusing on a bass oriented house music style heavily influenced by 80s electro and italo-disco. Their big hit ‘He Not In,’ from their sophomore album Extended Play, set a new trend with bass lines in dance music and placed Chicken Lips among some of the best producers in the UK in the last decade.

Their most recent work, ‘D.R.O.M.P.’ (which stands for “don’t rain on my parade”), is a classic NYC disco-inspired track. Though their signature bass line is still included, this time around they’ve complemented it with beautiful vocals by Charmaine and heavy percussion. The result is quite lovely, but the standout in the release truly is the rework by Meecham’s side project The Emperor Machine.

Meecham has been using the The Emperor Machine moniker for a while and has established himself as a prolific producer, creating iconic remixes for artists like The Rapture, Daft Punk, The Knife, and !!!. Known for working with analog synthesizers and crafting unique sounds, Meecham’s soundscapes resemble the Giorgio Moroder era and the beginning of electronic dance music. His interpretation of ‘D.R.O.M.P.’ brings us to an outer-space environment with its futuristic sounds and could easily become one of the most representative tracks of the space-disco genre.