STOKE. Checked my What.CD Top10 List before bed, and what did I see? A new Machinedrum single?! Well that’s about as good as it gets these days in the more progressive side of bass music as far as I’m concerned. After “Room(s)“, his last major output in 2011 for Mike Paradinas’ Planet Mu, I become completely infatuated with Travis Stewart’s Machinedrum moniker all over again (as I had once before in the Merck Records days). “Room(s)” took a look at current bass music rooting itself in juke, and spashed elements of breakbeat, jungle, drum&bass, house, and dubstep all over itself. There’s even a gorgeous pure ambient track to finish the album out – I’d honestly never heard anything like it! The album got me into the whole juke/footwork sound, along with expanding my palate as a whole, surrounding my intellect with just where bass music was and could be headed at that point in time.
Back on track – so to see this new single pop up, and listed as being released on Ninja Tune (only one of the best labels of the past twenty years), you could pretty much say I had a minor freak out. Downloaded it right quick, popped my Sennheiser’s on, and let myself bask in more glory.
Immediately something is different comparatively speaking against “Room(s)“. The tempo is all the way up at 172bpm! We could be looking at a drum&bass track here, but no, as the track unfolds, pitch-shifted vocal edits (most likely Travis himself as on “Room(s)“), and a very broken kick drum open the track up. About two-plus minutes in, it fully let’s itself go into a whirling drum&bass backed juke oriented head bobber. The drum work is excellent, of course. Politely layered and spaced well, hi-hats and snare rolls float on top of the jukey kick drum. The new speed doesn’t muck up at all where he has been on the last album. After a solid minute of getting hit hard, the track breaks down into a beautiful and spacious forty seconds of bliss before dropping the broken juke oriented kick drum all over your ears again. These broken parts I can see dancefloors having an interesting time with, but when he really lets the track go, it really is clearly made for some serious breakbeat style dancing – whatever your pleasure.
Suffice to say, I am extremely excited for this release – “Room(s)” was in my Top 3 of 2011, and I could place a safe bet that this may make that same list for 2013. Here’s the track on Youtube for ya: