Leah Greenblatt
October 06, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Soft Machine

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Big Beat
genre
Electronic

We gave it a B+

The Swedish band’s joyful rave-up ”Cobrastyle” — which can be heard in commercials for Heineken and the WWE, among others — is the very distillation of sunshine. (The trio’s former incarnation as the black-metal outfit Skull was less so.) Now Soft Machine delivers more of the giddy same, aided by guests like Annie, Iggy Pop, and Neneh Cherry. This is clearly music for the body, not the brain: The ‘bears’ ecstatic beats gleefully bypass the cerebral cortex and go straight for the pleasure centers.

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