I don’t know who Machine Girl is, and I think that’s the case for most people since this s/he is a relative unknown in electronic music right now. I can’t say the new album I’m linking you to right now is going to change that–I mean, there isn’t much in the way of a chart-topping single here–but for those patient enough to listen deeply into a well-assembled set of tracks, WLFGRL has a lot going for it.
Nearly every song on this thing is a jittery, challenging display of bombastic rhythms and off-kilter grooves. I haven’t heard beats this nutty since that crazy Japanese footwork comp I mentioned a while back.
Machine Girl really pulls from a wide array of genres, including juke, footwork, house, trap, future garage, wonky, and jungle. They’re all fed through a somewhat aggressive, busy, and distorted lens, which brings all of these cuts together pretty nicely. Enjoy! Oh, also, thanks to Dred Collective for helping to get this album out there!
Though not as much of a bombardment as his previous album, Room(s), Vapor City is a pretty enjoyable and diverse album from electronic music producer Machinedrum. Plus, it features some of his best singles yet!
Back in March, I told you to meet Foodman, and now he’s got a new full-length out I’d love for you to hear. As usual, the guy keeps his tracks pretty short, landing under two minutes much of the time; however, that doesn’t prevent his tracks from having any impact. Many of them seem so off-kilter and abstract, that they continually engage. Enjoy!
Electronic music producer Mark Pritchard stirred up some buzz a few years ago as one half of the colorful and creative music duo Africa Hitech. Now, he’s back with a new EP on the way via Warp Records titled Ghosts. The label has dropped the EP’s title track for streaming, and it’s a subtle, chilling piece of footwork that features an explosive hook as well. Enjoy!
DJ Rashad dropped this video and track a few months ago, but it has been criminally underexposed. DJ Rashad cuts up a sample exclaiming that “I don’t give a fuck,” and then proves he doesn’t by creating the main melody of the song from what sounds like an old flip phone’s numberpad. Look out for I Don’t Give A Fuck–is it a single or EP–to be released on Hyperdub on July 22. Enjoy!
“Eyesdontlie” is the latest single from North Carolina producer Machinedrum, and it’s a tight, busy blend of footwork and future garage. It’s matched with a wonderfully manipulated vocal snippet to that repeats endlessly for a strangely hypnotic effect. Unlike some of the more cluttered tracks from this guy’s last full-length, this new cut is incredibly succinct and punchy! If more tracks like this make it onto Machinedrum’s next album, it’ll definitely surpass his last. Enjoy!
The vocal samples on “Speakers R-4 (Sounds)” may make a pretty obvious statement, but the track is still a pretty spacious and captivating piece of footwork. RP Boo, a.k.a. Kavain Space, is a Chicago-based producer, and one of the originators of a fast, jittery electronic music style known as footwork. He’s got a new full-length out via Planet Mu titled Legacy. Enjoy!
foodman is an electronic music producer I’ve been following on SoundCloud for months now. His account is one of many that I’ve run across whose owner doesn’t really have an album or much industry status, yet, he prolifically pumps out material that’s refreshing and oddly creative.
Though foodman’s tracks are usually short, they make up for it with intricately confusing details that never cease, really. Nearly every song on this dude’s soundcloud is a challenge to dissect–especially since most of them come from a juke and footwork background, which are already detail-dense genres.
Here’s a selection of foodman tracks I enjoy:
Check this footwork compilation Foodman was featured on that I dug last year.
Download: Gobby – Lantern EP
Electronic music producer Gobby has never been afraid to get indulgent, and his latest set of tracks on the Lantern EP show him going down the juke and footwork route with loads of sporadic samples and dense rhythms. He seems to embrace the most obnoxious qualities of both musical styles, and intensifies them a bit; however, it results in a pretty intriguingly strange collection of short, detailed songs.
Download above, song stream below.