DOWNLOAD: Machinedrum – “Let It”

Check the Interview Lookout ran with Machinedrum a while back - Travis Stewart is a man of many aliases and identities.

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Following his Many Faces of Machinedrum EP with LuckyMe he released another sequence of tracks caught full of his manic, stylistically fluctuating realms suspended somewhere between the club, the dusty basement hip hop studio, and the insane asylum. Check out the new release "Let It" and try to get on his level before he fogs up Club Lambi this Friday, February 11 for the LuckyMe Label Showcase:

Machinedrum - "Let It"

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Interview: Machinedrum

Check the album cover for perspective: Machinedrum has collected new faces, aliases, and styles on a pace with most KGB agents. Throughout his entire career, Machinedrum, né Travis Stewart and AKA too many other pseudonyms to count, has jumped from subgenre to subgenre whenever it suited him, systematically dismantling the barriers between each and pooling the remaining elements together to create his own distinct blend of production styling. His newest release is no different; its tracks are split down the middle between the deftly hyperactive beat fare one has come to expect from LuckyMe releases and an aggressively left field club sound that defies any real categorization other than, "Oh yeah, that's that new Machinedrum shit." One of Lookout's own recently got the chance to talk to the man himself, LuckyMe's first ever North American signing and a featured artist at the upcoming Lookout POP MTL showcase on Sept. 30 at the Belmont. Check it out...

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Your new album, The Many Faces of Machinedrum, is split right down the middle in terms of production styles and influences. What was your intention when you set out to make the record?

To be honest I wasn't really making a "record" when i wrote those tracks, I was more or less just writing tunes for the sake of writing them. After accumulating loads of them Lucky Me decided that instead of puttin together a genre specific record we'd focus on a more diverse record instead.  Writing in multiple styles has never been something new for me, it's how I've always approached music. I get bored writing the same style over and over.

It seems like your style is constantly evolving between releases. Where would you say your primary musical influences lie at the moment?

Like I said, I get bored doin the same style.  Right now I feel like I'm being heavily influenced by Juke and Footwork tracks from Chicago.  Other than that I've been listening to Carlo Gesualdo and lots of other choral music.  Been singing on a lot of new stuff too.

The recent Sepalcure mix on XLR8R was fantastic. What can you tell us about how Sepalcure started and what you guys have planned for the future?

Thank you.   Sepalcure started out of boredom and necessity to finally collaborate with my friend Praveen Sharma here in Brooklyn about a year ago.  We have an EP slated for release in December on Hotflush.

LuckyMe is one of our favorite young labels. How did you get linked up with them for this record?

I've been talking on and off with the LuckyMe crew for a while, and earlier this year I sent them a load of tunes and they picked their favorites for Many Faces

How was it working with Theophilus London on your various projects together? Are there any other artists you’d like to work with going forward?

Working with Theophilus was definitely a great experience.  We wrote a lot of songs together and he pushed for me to write hooks and brought me out of my instrumental electronic production shell.  I've also been working a lot with Jesse Boykins III, Azealia Banks and Melo-X and have some really great music we've made together, but at the moment I'm taking a break from producing vocalists apart from remix work.  I'd love to work with Autechre or James Blake on a tune or two.

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Sepalcure Mix for XLR8R

The UK gets most of the shine for the whole post-dubstep/future-garage/whatever-the-hell-it's-called-this-week scene, but a few US artists have been making some noise over on this side of the pond. One such act is Sepalcure, the Brooklyn-based duo of Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma. After years spent working together running the Cassette NYC club night and the online mix archive Percussion Lab, last year the producers joined forced in the studio, focusing on the soulful sounds of '90s house, 2-step, and UK bass music. Their debut, the Love Pressure EP, dropped earlier this summer on the esteemed Hotflush label, and now we've corralled the boys into assembling an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast. And not to get all patriotic and flag-waving, but Sepalcure has done the US of A real proud here, expanding their sound palette even further while adeptly shifting tempos, moods, and styles over the course of 23 tracks and 51 minutes.
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01 Mediq "Have a Pleasant Stay"
02 Titus 12 "Step Up (Mosca Remix)"
03 Andreya Triana "A Town Called Obsolete (Mount Kimbie Remix)" (Ninja Tune)
04 Model 500 "I Wanna Be There" (R&S)
05 Jacques Greene "The Look"
06 vvv "Aisle Seat"
07 Kidkut "ILove04" (Apple Pips)
08 French Fries "Senta" (Young Gunz)
09 Sepalcure "Love Pressure (Lando Kal Remix)"
10 L-Vis 1990 "Forever You (Dub)" (Night Slugs)
11 Sepalcure "Me"
12 Hackman "Always" (Shifting Peaks)
13 Balam Acab "See Birds" (Tri Angle)
14 Noiapre "Lava Templada"
15 Dorian Concept "Her Tears Taste Like Pears" (Ninja Tune)
16 Melanie Fiona "It Kills Me (Breakage Remix)" (SRC/Universal Motown)
17 XI "Gamma Rain"
18 Shed "No Way!" (Ostgut Ton)
19 Roof Light "What Makes You So Special" (Highpoint Lowlife)
20 Fantastic Mr Fox "Over" (Black Acre)
21 Sines "This Love"
22 Africa Hitech "Said Speed" (Warp)
23 Autechre "Tilapia" (Warp) (right click save-as)

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