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Machinedrum

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The prolific producer, born Travis Stewart on March 4, 1982, Machinedrum has produced and composed several albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. His debut, ‘Now You Know’, was released in 2001 on the influential Miami-based Merck Records and gained worldwide attention and praise from musicians, fans and critics in the IDM scene. It was heralded as the “standard to which the next wave of imitators aspires” by Pitchfork.

Having a strong background in both acoustic and electronic instrumentation, he dances between those elements on all his releases. This can be heard in the field recording and vintage synth laden ‘Urban Biology’ to his seminal production and mixing of the ‘This Charming Mixtape’ with Theophilus London. His critically acclaimed 2009 album ‘Want to 1 2?’ was another showcase of his most recent production. In 2010, Machinedrum released ‘Many Faces’ EP on Scottish label luckyme.

Under the name Sepalcure, he’s also released two EP’s - ‘Love Pressure EP’ and ‘Fleur EP’ - on Hotflush with friend and collaborator Praveen Sharma - a sound they describe as “an exploration of chopped up 90’s diva house acapellas and wooden sounding snares reminiscent of UK funky and dubstep”. He also saw the EP single release of ‘Let It’, one of the standout songs from his 2009 ‘Want to 1 2?’ album, with upstart label Innovative Leisure.

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  • optimistic_tour

    Even though it's not a true album, Archives landed on my Best of 2014 list, at least with the "honorable mention" pack https://optimisticunderground.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/best-music-of-2014-honorable-mention/ Check it for some great music you probably missed

    7 Feb 8:07pm Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    I'd say the song titles alone out him as a Prince fan. There are some funky breakdowns that distinctly give me some prime "& the Revolution" era vibes, too.

    2 Feb 4:46am Reply
  • GrubenHocker

    "Confused as to why he doesn't receive Burial-esque critical praise/ recognition. " I thought so too. this is probably the only artist i've ever heard that even comes close to what burial does. but then i think its just not consistent enough.

    15 Jan 8:56pm Reply
  • about20dollars

    im waiting for him to be in a tim and eric episode bc honestly he looks like he belongs there

    2 Jan 4:43pm Reply
  • mk741

    Confused as to why he doesn't receive Burial-esque critical praise/ recognition. Rooms and Vapor City contain tracks that are on par with Bevan's best (both already being strong records on their own terms). Also gonna go out on a limb and say Travis is a bit of a Prince fan.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • m1a100

    2 B Luvd is fucking crazyyy!

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ragsnotriches

    That moustache tho.

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • producerdan74

    Vapor City Archives is fcking unreal. More Than Friends is glorious.

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    lol @ p4k review - complains that Vizion (Centered) sounds too much like Vizion - it's a remix, no shit it does!

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • last_nickname

    how THE HELL isn't She Died There as the most listened?! top fucking notch!

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • purpled09

    Vapor City Archives!

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    Vapor City Archives is fantastic. What a great way to cap off this super productive year for him!

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • iMurk

    Yup, these are solid!

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • PhredPL

    Surprisingly decent "b-side" compilation

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • m1a100

    Vapor City Archives is amazing! This guy doesn't never stops to amuse me.

    7 Nov 2014 Reply
  • slimp2003

    good lawd i clicked on this for tha chick

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Lipid

    so much underground resistance in his music...

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Seperat0r

    Hannibal Buress went in on him, clowned the fuck outta his shirt, but honestly I've never seen Machinedrum sport a look that I didn't love.

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • last_nickname

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    16 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Newtonnewton

    Diggin it

    1 Oct 2014 Reply
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