Mixmag MOTW: Machinedrum (07/03/12)
Although he is currently best known as one half of current post-dubstep darlings Sepalcure, Machinedrum is a highly accomplished producer in his own right. He’s released mounds of EPs, and more than a few full-length records, including last year’s celebrated Room(s). He’s also a prolific producer for other artists— his beats helped turn Azealia Banks from a one hit wonder to hip hop’s next big thing, as he’s produced a number of the tracks she currently has floating around, including her latest, NEEDSUMLUV.
It’s his particular stylistic warp of hip hop, dubstep, bass and house that makes him one of the hottest producers around at the moment. Instrumental hip hop, and the UK bass/house meld are two of the hottest emerging scenes right now, but as Machinedrum’s oversized plastic frames, moustache and side fringe would suggest, he was into that way before it was cool.
You may have gathered this already, but the guy just can’t stop making music. In the last month he uploaded an 11-minute mix of works in progress that he hopes to release this year; released a more official EP by the delightful name of Nastyfuckk; and most recently put together a wonderfully genre-hopping mix for Mixmag.
His entry for Mixmag’s Mix of the Week series squeezes together an inordinate number of tracks, from the likes of Scuba, Mark Pritchard, Traxman, Bambounou, and Machinedrum himself. The result is a party-ready mix that flits between jungle and ghetto house without batting an eyelid.