Public Service Broadcasting share “Der Rhythmus der Maschinen [ft. Blixa Bargeld]”, the latest single from their highly anticipated upcoming fourth album, Bright Magic, out now via Play It Again Sam. Blixa Bargeld, veteran of The Bad Seeds and Einstürzende Neubauten, becomes the voice of Berlin’s industry on the robo-teknik track, which translates as The Rhythm of the Machines.
J. Willgoose, Esq. said the following about “Der Rhythmus der Maschinen”, “It’s a kind of reinterpretation of the first few minutes of Fritz Lang’s Berlin-made visionary science fiction film, Metropolis, using samples from Ruttmann’s 1930 audio film ‘Wochenende’ cut to a heavy, industrial soundtrack. Blixa Bargeld delivers a half-spoken monologue over the outro about the city as a machine – it’s a bit mad (the whole song is) but I like it. The song is about the more physical, industrial influence on the city, be it the railway or heavy industry and manufacturing that saw it boom in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.