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Live Review: Róisín Murphy announces remix album with Crooked Man, shares new single 'Assimilation'

8 April 2021 | 3:06 pm | Emma Jones

Róisín Murphy has delighted fans of her 2020 album, Róisín Machine, with the announcement a brand new remix album is on the way!

The 2020 album from Róisín Murphy 2020 album, Róisín Machine, was arguably one of the year's best. A kaleidoscopic, yearning ode to the dancefloor, disco and house, every single song on the record is a banger. It's a diverse, sprawling body of work which grabs you instantly and doesn't let you go until it's done, and is some of Murphy's finest work to date since her group, Moloko, faded out in the early 00's.

I really love Róisín Machine. It is uplifting and uncompromising. It beckons you to dance and let go in the same moment as it unearths some of Murphy's deepest thoughts and desires. However, such is the power of the record, it invites you to ponder with her in the swirl of the dancefloor haze. She demands that she'll make her own happy ending while asserting that her story still remains untold, and boldly tackles love, loss, lust and so much more, while armed with thumping disco production to completely surrender to.

So, it comes as very exciting news indeed that fans will soon receive an entirely new version of Róisín Machine, as the artist announced she's set to release a remix album this year. Teaming up once again with DJ Parrot (aka Crooked Man), who she worked with for the original album, the producer will remix the album and release it under the new name, Crooked Machine.

“Parrot doesn’t try to be ‘cool’, I reckon that’s the last thing on his mind," says Róisín. "He makes music with a real sense of responsibility to the craft. He just cannot make rubbish music, he’d be too ashamed. So everything he is and everything he has learned, is put into everything he does. I think Crooked Machine is one of his greatest achievements so far. I left him and Fat Dave to their own devices on this and they have outdone themselves! I absolutely love it!! I think I prefer it to the original album, slightly less me and all the more ‘cool’ for it!”

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They've also released a single to get us really in the mood. Taking on the opening stomper 'Simulation', this new version is titled 'Assimilation', and is a chilled-out, almost ethereal reincarnation of its predecessor.

Crooked Machine is out April 23. Listen to 'Assimilation' below:

Words by Emma Jones