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3FOR82

    Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum reasserts his GOAT status with another brilliantly innovative album effortlessly traversing tempos and musical styles as only he can. “3FOR82” comprises 12 high-intensity, ruminative tracks that thread the needle between his past, present and future selves. His first studio album since 2020’s “A View of U”, “3FOR82” features an incredible cast of collaborators including Tinashe, Duckwrth, Mick Jenkins, Jesse Boykins III, KUČKA, AKTHESAVIOR, Tanerélle, deem spencer, Deniro Farrar and Topaz Jones.

    Between drum & bass, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, dazzling beat switches and a singular ear for sonics, Machinedrum adopts a rich, prismatic approach to collaboration, building on the uptempo vocal manipulations that won him acclaim in electronic communities, notably on 2011’s breakout LP Room(s) and 2013 opus Vapor City.

    Recommended if you like… Flume, Mura Masa, Four Tet, Jamie xx, Nia Archives


    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    A1. ORACLE (feat. Aja Monet)
    A2. RESPEK (feat. Topaz Jones & Ezri)
    A3. WEARY (feat. Mick Jenkins & Jesse Boykins III)
    A4. H0N3Y
    A5. HEAL (feat. AKTHESAVIOR & Deniro Farrar)
    A6. ILIKEU (feat. Duckwrth)
    Side B
    B1. U_WANT (feat. KUČKA)
    B2. BLESSD (feat. Deem Spencer)
    B3. RISE (feat. ROZET)
    B4. ZOOM (feat. Tinashe)
    B5. KILL_U (feat. Tanerélle)
    B6. GODOWN (feat. Jesse Boykins III)

    Machinedrum

    A View Of You

      Machinedrum returns with his definitive new album “A View of U” featuring an incredible cast of collaborators including Freddie Gibbs, Sub Focus, Chrome Sparks, Father (Awful Records), Mono/Poly (Brainfeeder), Tigran Hamasyan, Tanerélle, Jesse Boykins III and Rochelle Jordan. Distilling his signature fusion of IDM, UK rave, jungle and bass culture blended with myriad US regional hip-hop and club music styles. it’s a potent and masterfully executed fusion, evoking a pace, warmth and groove synonymous with his modern classic “Vapor City” (2013).

      Recommended if you like… Squarepusher, Lone, Jamie xx, Flume

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. The Relic (feat. Rochelle Jordan)
      A2. Star (feat. Mono/Poly & Tanerélle)
      A3. Kane Train (feat. Freddie Gibbs)
      A4. Wait 4 U (feat. Jesse Boykins III)
      A5. Sleepy Pietro (feat. Tigran Hamasyan)
      A6. Spin Blocks (feat. Father)
      B1. Idea 36 (feat. Chrome Sparks)
      B2. Believe In U
      B3. 1000 Miles (feat. Sub Focus)
      B4. Inner Eye
      B5. Ur2yung

      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

      TRACK LISTING

      Lapis
      Morphogene (ft Ruckazoid)
      Angel Speak (ft MeLo-X)
      Tell U (ft Rochelle Jordan)
      Surfed Out Do It 4 U (ft D∆WN)
      Celestial Levels (ft Jesse Boykins III)
      Isometrix
      Spectrum Sequence
      White Crown (ft Tosin Abasi)
      Ocean Of Thought
      Etheric Body Temple
      Dos Puertas (ft Kevin Hussein)
      Opalescent
      Colour Communicator

      Machinedrum

      Vapor City Archives

      Electronic music's Renaissance man Travis Stewart, better known as Machinedrum, brings his 'Vapor City' project to a close with this final chapter in the sprawling epic - 'Vapor City Archives'. Paying close heed to the spirit of the 'Vapor City' community he forged and nurtured, Stewart chose to announce this new record via the global community created when he invited listeners into his personal dream world dubbed “Vapor City”.

      Constructed around his vision of an imaginary city with fully-realized districts, the year-long 'Vapor City' project was founded upon Machinedrum’s critically acclaimed album of the same name and supplemented with a worldwide live tour, a string of satellite EPs and remixes. This final installment sees the talismanic producer deliver 10 brand new, exclusive productions alongside fresh artwork from the project’s art directors: LuckyMe’s Dom Flannigan and Éclair Fifi.

      Once again experimenting in soundscapes between footwork ("Safed", "Only 1 Way 2 Know"), hip-hop and jungle / drum & bass ("More Than Friends", "Boxoff") to forge a unique sound that he has come to own, Stewart creates a subtle homage that nods to the past while staying firmly future-facing.

      TRACK LISTING

      Boxoff
      Safed
      Hard 2 Be
      Only 1 Way 2 Know
      Vizion (Centered)
      B Patient
      More Than Friends
      Tried & True
      2 B Luvd
      Endless <3

      Jamie Lidell

      Big Love Remix EP - Inc. Machinedrum / Jimmy Edgar / Crackboy Remixes

        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.


        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Big Love (Machinedrum Remix)
        A2. Big Love (Lorenz Rhode Remix)
        B1. Big Love (Jimmy Edgar Shout Edit)
        B2. You Naked (Crackboy Remix)

        Machinedrum

        Vapor City

          Electronic music’s Renaissance man Travis Stewart, better known as Machinedrum, drops ‘Vapor City’ his first full-length offering since his critically heralded ‘Room(s)’ in 2011.

          Conceptually based on recurring dreams he has had for years about an unknown metropolis, Stewart has finally crafted a fully formed soundscape which doubles as a map into this imaginary universe. “‘Vapor City’ is an album inspired by a dream city,” explains Stewart. “A collection of different songs each representing different districts in the city.”

          Combining the speed of skittering jungle / juke rhythms with enveloping half speed basslines, atmospheric pads, lush piano chords and disembodied vocal samples, he's created the perfect backdrop for a trip through his invisible city. Opener (and single track) 'Gunshotta' twists old school jungle and ragga vox with a post-dubstep emotive soul and electronic depth. Hardcore shifter 'Infinite Us' combines rough beats with sparkling synth spirals with rising notes, while 'Don’t 1 2 Lose U' reimagines old school R&S rave with 2013 digital kit, juke rhythms and that post-Burial, post-Blake emotion. Taking a bit of a breather in the BPMs 'Center Your Love' offers a swooning female vocal and Boards Of Canada style detuned keyboard lines at the centre of rolling head-nod break. Heavily treated yearning vocals over a rolling junglist rhythm make 'Rise N Fall' another outstanding cut here, with 'U Still Lie' bringing an 80s electro ballad feel to the proceedings, and closer 'Baby It’s U' offering R&B suffocating under the crunch, crackle and rumble of current alt-step production sounds.

          The perfect counterbalance to the wave of harsh stadium-friendly no-brain EDM bro-step that passes for 'dance music' these days.


          Machinedrum

          Eyesdontlie / Body Touch

            Electronic music’s Renaissance man Machinedrum aka Travis Stewart is prepping for his biggest and boldest album release to date with Ninja Tune. ‘Eyesdontlie’ is the first single from the new record.

            Conceptually the album is based on recurring dreams that Travis has had for years about a metropolis known as Vapor City. He has crafted a fully-formed soundscape which doubles as a map into this imaginary universe. The road to Vapor City begins now with the ‘Eyesdontlie’ single, representing the first district from Travis Stewart’s newest universe.

            Travis has produced for Azealia Banks and Theophilius London, and ghost written for Missy Elliot and Tiesto. Other high profile fans include SBRTKT, Hudson Mowhawke, and Jesse Boykins, amongst many others.

            There is a large immersive campaign around the record including a new interactive website and unique launch parties streamed with Boiler Room in London, Paris, Berlin, New York and LA, each with visuals themed around a different district from ‘Vapor City’.



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