Monday, October 21, 2013

RA.386 Machinedrum

When Machinedrum reinvented himself in 2011 with footwork as his muse, it sent seismic waves through bass music. By then footwork was the sound du jour, but Travis Stewart stood out by blending it with the pastoral textures of Boards Of Canada, the heart-in-mouth thrill of jungle, and his own polished aesthetic. We liked Room(s) so much that we gave it 5/5 rating. Needless to say the pressure was on for this year's follow-up, the excellent Vapor City, a concept record about an imaginary city and his first album for Ninja Tune.

Critical acclaim aside, Machinedrum's impact is evident in his RA podcast—one look at the tracklist and you'll see there's a whole legion of producers mashing up jungle, footwork and drum & bass into a thrilling fast-paced amalgam behind him (along with some tasty unreleased material of his own). Fracture, Om Unit, Tessela and Ital Tek are among the ranks bringing renewed attention to the tempo.


Track list:

Machinedrum - Rise N Fall
Machinedrum - The Palace
Machinedrum - Show Ur Love
Future Sound of London - Ill Flower (Machinedrum Remix)
Machinedrum - Knowfuture
Skeptical - Eyes Down
Om Unit - Deep Sea Pyramid
System - Sound Man
Tek 9 - Spring
Rob & Goldie - Shadow
Dwarde - Algid
Tessela - Hackney Parrot (Sam Binga Crackney Parrot Refix)
Ital Tek - BB
Jon Convex - With You (Kid Drama's Autonomic Mix)
Instra:mental & dBridge - White Snares
Naibu - Just Like You (Fracture's Astrophonica Remix)
AMIT - Human Warfare (Machinedrum Remix)
FIS - Love Drama Stress (Machinedrum Edit)
Machinedrum - Overtime