Shock Machine is the first solo project from Mercury Prize winning, BRIT Award and Ivor Novello nominated songwriter James Righton, who previously fronted the genre-defining group, Klaxons.

‘Shock Machine’, the beautiful, eponymous introduction to this new project, was recorded in a cabin in the south of France with the help of producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine, Haim) and mixed in Atlanta by Ben H Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter). It’s the first track from Shock Machine’s forthcoming debut Open Up The Sky EP, a collection of timeless pop music that embraces inspiration from decades of off-kilter greats – from Todd Rundgren and Dennis Wilson, to early Paul McCartney – evolving influences into one of 2016’s most vital debut releases.

Released on Marathon Artists/House Anxiety (home to Courtney Barnett, Jagwar Ma and Baaba Maal among others) the EP features artwork by Rob Carmichael (famed for his work with the likes of Animal Collective, Panda Bear and Dirty Projectors).