It’s been eight long years since Turing Machine’s Zwei. The Brooklyn-based instrumental trio started working on a follow-up in 2008, but stopped a year later when drummer Jerry Fuchs died after falling down an elevator shaft. Like Maserati, another Fuchs project, Turing Machine put things on hold for a while, then revisited the album and recruited collaborators to help finish it—LCD Soundsystem’s Pat Mahoney and Disappears’ Brian Case are among the notables, along with some other names from the DFA roster.
What Is the Meaning of What will be released May 8 through Temporary Residence. Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is “Slave to the Algorithm,” whose pulsing and proggy dance groove showcases the impeccable, perfectly timed rhythms that Fuchs always provided (the album contains his final recordings). The Krautrock influences are there, and so is the postpunk—the track begins sparsely and then slowly ramps up the complexity, incorporating strands of delayed guitar (with a whoosh here and there), funkish bass, and a straight-up club beat.