In a move that's way, way sadder than the Hobbit trilogy finishing up, Machinedrum has announced 'Vapor City Archives' will be the last of his 'Vapor City' endeavours, bringing his smooth, intricate tunes to a close in this particular universe. This is some of the most creative, propulsive and frankly beautiful work he's made, so grab it before the city gets quarantined forever.
Vinyl Double LP £16.99 ZEN215
180g vinyl gatefold 2LP on Ninja Tune + Download code: Album + complete works of the 'Vapor City Citizenship Programme;.
- Includes download code
CD £10.49 ZENCD215
Digipak CD on Ninja Tune + Download code: Complete works of the 'Vapor City Citizenship Programme'.
- Includes download code
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Don’t be put off by looking at a picture of Machinedrum. What could be your common or garden sex pest is actually one of the best electronica producers around today. If Fourtet and Caribou get all the big bucks, then Machinedrum is their underground little brother who should be the biggest producer on the planet but instead is happy to be hip with all the cool kids.
I’m anything but cool, my hair resembles that of Richard Madeley and I go to bed at 9pm at night but these productions continue to hit the mark for me. There are nine new tunes here full of propulsive beats, evocative samples, intricate arrangements. For anyone who liked the ‘Room(s)’ or ‘Vapour City’ albums there’s lots more here to enjoy. Opener ‘Boxoff’ sets the pace. A smoothly produced piece of evocative dancefloor. Imagine a Burial making music to be danced to rather than stared out of windows to and you are getting there. The clever thing about Machinedrum is how he picks bits and bats from the history of underground dance music and slops them in a big vat, stirring occassionally and what comes out is uniquely fresh. He’s not afraid to use a guitar, as he does on the beginning of ‘Safed’ which then spirals several different ways at once.
Machinedrum is adept at getting the most out of vocal samples, there are several instances across this of clever hooks, his interest in UK garage melds perfectly with evocative housey sounds. This is perfectly exemplified on ‘Hard 2 Be’ a perfect slice of propulsive electronica that fits both dancefloor and late night listening. Machinedrum marries these two worlds perfectly creating haunting evocative tracks which take all the best bits from the last 20 years of underground dance. Near perfect.
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