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Travis Stewaert aka Machinedrum returns with possibly his career-defining album. Written during the early stages of this year, which saw Steward move to California and start exploring esoteric and new age sounds. This concept of sound as a healer, or as a way of expanding our mind is something he's trying to carry throughout the execution of the album. From opener "Lapis", Machinedrum immediately grabs our attention - slowly an arpeggio ascending to heaven which, apparently building towards the mother of all drops, instead fades up and off into the ether. "Morphonogene" swiftly carries the listener into some skitty, future-proof beats backed by what will become the albums ident - pitched angel vox set to a half-tempo swagger. "Angel Speak" continues the theme with euphoric stabs building and rising before a huge snare roll signifies the drop into bass heavy wobble - the post-everything production ethos coming through strong on this number while MeLo-X offers understated, classy assistance.
The music throughout is scintillating, stimulating and stylish; from the mind-candy riffs of "White Crown", the ecstatic d&b finale of "Do It 4 U" (featuring an absolute stand-out vox from singer-of-the-moment D∆WN). From the smile-inducing, melodic brilliance of "Colour Communicator" to the precision and build of "Dos Puertas" featuring Rihanna collaborator Kevin Hussein, one of those albums that displays perfectly what it sounds like to be alive RIGHT NOW, without a thought of looking backwards. There's a plethora of collaborations: the aforementioned MeLo-X; Jesse Boykins III offers a moment of astral r&b goodness on "Celestial Levels"; Rochelle Jordan provides the lift off as Machinedrum works the rhythm flips on "Tell U". There are also contributions from Ruckazoid, Roses Gabore and SK Simeon. It's a tour de force of future musica and we love it! Recommended. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Thoroughly invigorating listen from Machinedrum, exploring new styles and sounds with ease and finesse. Perfect for anyone wanting a glimpse into the futuristic progression / hybrid of bass and pop music

Roots Manuva

Facety 2:11 / Like A Drum - Four Tet / Machinedrum Mixes

Rodney Smith is arguably the greatest rapper ever to emerge from British shores and after two years locked in the studio brewing up brand new music, he returns now with 'Facety 2:11', a stunning single produced by fellow UK maverick Four Tet, aka Keiran Hebden. 'Facety' is patois slang for someone being rude - a barefaced cheek referenced by the insistent, cockney rhyming lyrical snip - ‘boat race’ - that makes up the chorus. Hebden builds a rhythm track that bumps and rolls like batucada-meets-footwork, providing neck-snap beats for Smith's easy-on-the-ear flow to mesh with. A dancefloor slayer!

Another of electronic music’s most exciting voices, NYC producer Machinedrum, provides the beat for the B-Side, 'Like a Drum'. Ditching his usual drum & bass style, Machinedrum provides a laid-back, almost downbeat, backing track - jazz-tinted and cinematic, with added electronica bass boom bap...

The 12" also includes instrumental versions of both mixes, making this a must for Four Tet and Machinedrum heads as well as Roots Manuva fans. 

In Smith's inimitable words, the single is "a wee spring warmer in voodoo coptic dialect shape shifting: the remit the same as ever in awakening one’s inner, modern-day Sun Ra, ODB and Kate Bush on an overdrive of doing because we can't help ourselves…"

Following his eponymous album release earlier this year Jamie Lidell  drops remixes of album favourite ‘Big Love’ PINK 12” vinyl .

Riding high on the release of his new album 'Vapor City', Machinedrum (also of Sepalcure, Jets, OM Unit and Dream Continuum) delivers a tough steppers version that combines early dubstep rhythms, acid synths and snapping 808 percussion. Next we have Lidell band member Lorenz Rhode combines 80s electro-funk synth riffs with a tougher 2013 sound. On the flip multi-talented Detroit-based electronic producer, designer and photographer, Jimmy Edgar hits us with a wicked 80s proto-techno / electrodisco version. Crackboy goes his own way with a slammin' house refix of other album track ‘You Naked’, which pitches Jamie's vocal down for a sleazy robot soul style.


FORMAT INFORMATION

12" Info: Limited pink vinyl pressing.


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