Continuing with his visual foray, West Coaster Def Sound has released a new track. This time he takes Machinedrum’s tribute to classic house sounds ‘Van Vogue‘ as his soundbed to his precusor to the album.
Entrepreneurial as ever, Def Sound is also readying his first ever online store and if this lookbook video is anything to go by, it should be right up my alley. Check out the sharply captured visuals up top and check out the full version on Def’s Soundcloud.
Not quite the full length album we are all waiting for from Mr Drum, but a keepsake of music nonetheless for our libraries. A compilation put together by Electronic Explorations is who we have to thank for Machinedrum’s latest slice of jungle warped,drum and bass. Stabbing synths and shuffling pads make for a great soundtrack for a relaxed moment. Take it all in.
The comp which has 60 tracks is available to buy on 1st July.
Following the leak of her single ‘Aquababe’ earlier in the week, Azealia Banks comes through with the official video for her single ‘Liquorice’ lifted off her recently released 1991 EP. Peep it up top.
With so much “drama” constantly surrounding her, it can be quite easy to forget that Azealia Banks is a rapper – well, last week even that was up for question. But as she did with her recently released 1991 EP, when she drops material – she rarely fails to reminds us why she’s such a bad b*tch. Produced by Machinedrum ‘Aquababe’ is growling (and howling for that matter) beast of a single and like her EP title track has the femcee channelling her inner Missy Elliott.
‘Aquababe’ comes off Banks’ upcoming Fantasea mixtape, due out July 4th. We’ll eventually get to that album.
Last time Falcons gave us original R’n'Bass, this time the duo gear up for some summer sunshine by offering a free soundtrack of subbed, trilled out, hard hitting heat.
Finely selected, the duo go against the grain, to include obscure remixes of some classic tunes from Ludacris, Ciara and Jagged Edge. Also thrown in the mix, a modern edge made up of xxxy, Machinedrum and their own banger – Nigeria.
The rich tapestry of sounds that follows these two producers over the years makes for a quality ridden, bass heavy, underground-sound patchwork quilt. One that has obviously seen a fair share of dancefloors in it’s time.
Individually, Machinedrum and Falty DL have been providing us with UK influenced, electronic titbits, glitchy classics and sublime atmospheric ambience for a while now and together it just gets better.
Delicate warm synths hold together the mass destructive subs that steam through no holds barred. Don’t feel ashamed if your body moves erratically along the bpm or bounces along the echoed rainfall vocal. It’s only natural.
Merging Jungle’s high velocity percussion, attitudes and cacophonous bass with Footwork’s own hyper active relentlessness – of course it had to be the fruitful pairing of renowned London experimentalist Jim Coles (Om Unit) with Brooklyn’s electronic genius Travis Stewart (Machinedrum). Their pushing things forward as Dream Continuum. ‘Give A Lil Luv’ brims with euphoric arpeggio and cutesy vocals recalling 90s raves, submerged in an overwhelming, rolling sub that you can sink the side of your temples in. Dropping into a crash of snare plates, it becomes a little release of some pill happy heaven. Hol’ tight the massive.
Their three track EP Reworkz is out now to buy on Planet Mu.
Tough pressed are those tryna’ find a tougher working gent in contemporary, electronic Soul over the last few years than the Third. Originally previewed a while back, and now accompanied by a new video surprisingly premiered on BET, his ‘B4 The Night Is Thru’ still feels like modern Rare Groove. If in a parallel universe Drive was afrocentic and set in Brooklyn, this would have been on it’s soundtrack. Machinedrum‘s soultronic vehicle defines cool, as Boykins III applies just the right octaves of his five range to keep it coasting with the windows steamed.
Big love also to what’s captured in the lo-fi sights: this exotic, ‘Post-Neo-Soul’ (that’s not a real term yet but we’re getting there) cosmos led by Boykins, MeLo-X, Mara Huruby and others of the Romantic Movement. The fabrics, trinkets, porch steps, nightlife, bohemian romance deservedly backed by a fresher sound… shouts to him, director Dr. Woo and the Drum.
Jesse’s second album Love Apparatus drops soon (we hope). Meanwhile, upcoming London tour dates can be viewed here.
Off the back of one of last year’s utmost brilliant electronic albums Pencil Pimp, prodigious pair Sepalcure lunge into this remix of Daedelus‘ ‘Tailor-Made’ from the experimentalists 2011 EP Overwhelmed. Cherubic synths and the kind of Footwork acceleration that never blows it’s load, but stays tantalising throughout and has become one-half of the duo, Machinedrum‘s signatures make this an ideal follow-up to his heavier recent Bonobo/Andreya Triana ‘Eyesdown’ remix.
Brownswood signed Gangs Colours has his new single ‘Fancy Restaurant’ remixed by three dons of the Electronic world – Machinedrum, Ifan Dafydd & Deft. Each craftsman takes aim at re-sculpting the undeniable surrealist swag of the songs original composition – and of course, do so impressively.
A really exciting set of reworks here – mad love to Brownswood and Gang Colours for curating this set. ‘Fancy Restaurant’ is taken off GC’s forthcoming debut album The Keychain Collection, due out February 27th.