Friday, October 25, 2013

Artist of the Day: Machinedrum

Machinedrum's Vapor City has withstood the test of a month of listening. A wonderfully skittish take on Chicago footwork and juke, the album is in essence exactly what makes Machinedrum such an alluring young artist. Pitch-altered vocals, warped synths, clicky and insistent kicks, and overbearing bass combine to form beautiful energetic and dystopian soundscapes. Nowhere is this more apparent than standout track "Don't 1 2 Lose U," a wonderfully schizophrenic take on rapid, skittering house. Really, though, it's the story of the whole album: quick, witty, scared, and most of all worthwhile. Machinedrum has avoided the sophomore slump completely with Vapor City, and it's wonderful to see the kind of success he's had here.


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