Coming to you from Staffordshire, U.K., The Emperor Machine has crafted a disco gem single, “Functioning Apewoman,” off The Live Emperor Machine. The song twinkles like the demented soundtrack of a ’70s cartoon recorded on an old and dying tape. Within seconds, this intro dissolves into a low-frequency bass groove that bubbles up warmly like a quirky Herbie Hancock accent on top of a polyrhythmic drum machine. The song title refers to the “simian characteristics amongst dance floor specimens” the British DJ has observed at his much-lauded live shows – that ought to give you some sense of what to expect out of this funk-psych instrumental jam session. Lulu McAllister

Functioning Apewoman