In the early 2000’s, Travis Stewart had several releases on Miami electronic / ambient / dub / IDM label Merck, under aliases
Syndrone, Sepalcure, Tstewart and - most famously – Machine Drum. The label was clearly influenced by Warp, Skam
and Rephlex, and Machine Drum’s soundscape compositions are often compared to fellow Floriadian Prefuse 73, as well
as Boards of Canada, Push Button Objects and Autechre. These days Travis is an inspiration for and mentor to 2010-era
melodic electronic beats acts such as Lunice, Lazer Sword, Glitch Mob, and Siriusmo. ‘Want To 1 2’ features guest vocals
from Williamsburg neo-soul / new wave hipster Theophilus London (Green Label Sound) and Brooklyn emcee Mickey Factz
(Battery Records), known for his ahead-of-the curve blending of lyrics with unlikely beats, Sarah Ruba (previously featured on
Gilles Peterson’s ‘Brownswood Bubblers Four’), Detroit electronic legend Jimmy Edgar (Warp), and former battle DJ IE.Merg.
Containing 21 tracks, entirely written and produced by Machine Drum, ‘Want To 1 2’ is beautifully packaged in a limited edition
full-colour holographic gatefold jacket.
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