PURPLE DISCO MACHINE – ‘Soulmatic’ (Album Review)
“I don’t know what I’ve been told, music make you lose control. Work your body to the beat…” – Body Funk
Soulmatic is the debut album from German Electro Maestro, Purple Disco Machine. Due for release today (Friday, October 20th) the album’s release has come with nothing but excitement and anticipation for fans who have warmed up quite well to the singles released from the album so far. With huge support from BBC Radio 1, Purple Disco Machine dropped his first single of 2017, Body Funk in May becoming the #1 most played track on the station that month and the second most Shazam’d song in Ibiza (second to single #2 from the album, Devil In Me (feat. Duane Harden and Joe Killington). The second single released, Devil In Me performed extremely well, topping both the German Club and Dance Charts, reaching #10 in the UK dance charts and resulting in over 3.3 million collective streams and Sony Music picking the hit up for the European air waves and imminent commercial radio success!
“My momma told me you would break my heart. You better run boy, you better go far. Had my daddy told me, you’re the girl that I need but all you do is bring me down to my knees. I’m a good man but you make me bad, you make me bad. Oh baby, I’m a good man but you make me bad, you make me bad, you make me bad. You bring out the devil in me. Girl, your loving has got me crazy. You bring out the devil in me, I sold my soul to be with you baby.” – Devil In Me (feat. Duane Harden & Joe Killington)
With an A-List remix and collab resume we could only wish to have, the 13-track debut album is in every way diverse and spellbinding; featuring A-List collaborations with CeeLo Green, Bag Raiders, Faithless, Kool Keith, Duane Harden, Baxter and many more… This isn’t new ground for PDM, remixing for artists like Jamiroquai, Gorillaz and Two Door Cinema Club.
“So take it easy, keep it cool. Where we go it’s hard to say, all we really want is good times.” – Take It Easy (feat. CeeLo Green)
If there was a way to give you a snapshot of the album without giving too much away, I would but instead there were some key tracks and elements that really stood out along the listening journey of Soulmatic. Falling Down is an ethereal dance ballad, while Let the Music Play has a real 80’s boogie/funk vibe. Memphis Jam is really a jam! Starting off with an introduction to a real urban RnB electro fused track, the song slowly transitions to a strong, soulful hit with an introduction to backing female vocals and a piano led melody.
“All I need is my lady, my sweet little baby. She’s my mamma, my sister, my lover, my friend. She’s my beautiful first love, I just can’t get enough. She’s my mamma, my sister, my lover, my goddess, my friend. She’s my lady, sweet lady music.” – Mistress (feat. Hannah Williams)
Music In You is a fusion of funk and soul with a deep electro production backing the hit. Laced with a thick bass and electric guitar melody, Devil In Me is a soulful hit intertwined with a strong electro feel. Body Funk is your traditional electro-dance hit mixed with a commanding military vibe that will have you chanting the lyrics in no time! Mistress is a dirty, grunge track fuelled by the sounds of the electric guitar; introducing you immediately to a world of indie-dance that will make you boogie and air guitar all at the same time. With a strong electro-rock backline and the powerhouse vocals of Hannah Williams, her strong vibrato mixed with the multi-layered melody will captivate you whole and leave you hypnotised.
“I don’t care what they say, we just gotta let the music play.” – Let the Music Play
See the official Track List of Soulmatic below –
1. Music In You (feat. Lorenz Rhode)
2. Body Funk
3. Love for Days (Collab with Boris Dlugosch feat. Karen Harding)
4. Pray For Me (feat. CeeLo Green)
5. Devil In Me (feat. Duane Harden and Joe Killington)
7. Take It Easy (feat. Crush Club)
9. Mistress (feat. Hannah Williams)
10. Falling Down (feat. Ella)
11. Let The Music Play (Collab with Faithless)
12. Memphis Jam (feat. Kool Keith)
13. Encore (feat. Baxter)
From dabbling with traditional Disco House, through to Funk and Soul, to Indie-Dance; Soulmatic stands true to its label; diverse but full of absolute soul. Soulmatic takes you on a journey with each and every track heard. PDM fans, the time is now. Soulmatic is here and it’s incredible. Soulmatic, what a debut album for Purple Disco Machine. The right debut album, the perfect introduction to the LP world for PDM. You have just gained yourself a major fan. I cannot wait to see this smash the charts.
Purple Disco Machine, Soulmatic. Go check it out!
AMNPLIFY – DB
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- Cassandra Thomson