is The Emperor Machine
, one of the best producers working in electronic music at the moment. A soundclash between influences as diverse as Can, early Human League, Hawkwind, George Clinton and Kraftwerk, Meecham's Krautrock-Disco bubbles and squeaks with analogue rock intensity while remaning funky enough to get your groove on.
Meecham started out in seminal 90's house/rave group Bizarre Inc.
alongside Carl Tuner
and Dean Meredith
. They had a string of hits including "Playing With Knives" and "I'm Gonna Get You", both of which charted in the UK (the former hit #3, the latter #4) as well as the US (#47), and both are considered "club classics".
"Playing With Knives":
"I'm Gonna Get You" (one of my personal favorites):
After their second album, 1996's Surprise
, was commercially disappointing, Bizarre Inc. disappeared until 1999, when Meredith and Meecham resurfaced with Steve "Fella" Kotey
as Chicken Lips
. Since then, it's been full steam ahead, with the boys finding a home at DC Recordings
(scheduled to have its own Technophilia
post anytime soon) as Big Two Hundred
, aka "the dark side of Chicken Lips", and two side projects: Meredith as White Light Circus
and Meecham as TEM.