Machinedrum’s ‘Human Energy’ live show is a dopamine rush to the head

Thanks for having us @machine_drum @teklife57 @websterhall! 👋🏽

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If you’ve never before experienced the collision of trap, hip-hop and bass: you are missing out. This sweat-inducing musical collision is having a moment right now and producers  — even whole labels — are devoting themselves to the future of this booty-shaking genre. All things considered, if it weren’t for the efforts of Machinedrum, who knows whether our ears would have ever enjoyed this hodge-podge of beats, bass and drops the way they do now. Ever since encountering one of Machinedrum’s tracks in 2011 I’ve wanted to see him perform live, and in the years that followed I eagerly consumed each new track or collaboration. Two weeks ago at Webster Hall, I finally got to witness him bring the house down.

There’s often a misconception that so-called “laptop producers” don’t know how to put a fresh spin on their music to captivate a live audience, but Machinedrum sure knows how to put on a show. Over the course of 90 or so minutes, he took us on a journey through his new album — complete with live visuals by A/V master Strangeloop — and he even threw in some brand new tracks at the end. Throughout his performance, I was struck by his playfulness, energy and sheer athleticism. It takes a lot to simultaneously manipulate tracks on a laptop and riff beats on drum pad, while pumping up a crowd to keep everyone engaged, but Machinedrum made it all look incredibly easy.

As the music continued to swell around me and I lost myself to the drop of my favorite songs, I began to feel something I hadn’t felt in months: Escape. For me, as with many electronic music aficionados, escapism drew me to the scene. The freedom to leave the world, dance judgement-free on a dark dancefloor and lose myself to the music became my drug, but somewhere along the way life (and the Election) got in the way. There on the dancefloor of Webster Hall, I closed my eyes, welcomed the synergy surrounding me and smiled.

As for Machinedrum’s latest tracks, I’m happy to report that trap and bass lovers will greatly approve (as do I). For a taste of his upcoming releases, check out the video below, and you can listen to Human Energy in full over on Spotify.

(Photos/Videos taken by Mallory Johns)

🚨🚨🚨And @machine_drum ended his set with some new tracks. 🚨🚨🚨{Straight 🔥}

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S2D2 Vol 93

1. Spooky – Little Bullet (Manse’s Breakneck Reconstruction Mix)

A high energy, high tech banger to get that blood pumping. I am so into this.

2. Bolis Pupul Wèi? 

Off Soulwax’s new label DeeWee, this is progressive disco at its most fun.

3. New Jackson – Electric Blue

This song is like a hybrid between late-Underworld and LCD Soundsystem, with a uber relaxing, blurry vocals and synths over an unforgiving bassline, resulting in a perfect late night groove, or driving tune.

4. Rimbaudian – Drop It On Em

I could dance to this beat for HOURS holy shit

5. Ben Hauke – She Moved To My Area

The lo-fi movement is going back to the roots of house music and I love it. Another stellar release from Church records.

6. Herb LF – Von Zeit Zu Zeit Seh’ Ich Den Alten Gern

Quite a mouthful of a title for the chillest track I’ve heard all week. Channel sunny days and happier times.

7. DJ Different – I Can’t

More classic house sounds, this one is endlessly soothing.

8. Mic Mills – Pig Of A Man

A lovely fusion of the broken up, hollowed out sounds of UK garage and glowing, atmospheric synths gives this track the perfect amount of angst.

9. Chelou – Halfway To Nowhere (Ross From Friends Remix)

A fabulous remix!

10. HOLOVR – Melody 4 Your Mind

As soon as I heard this, I knew it’d be a perfect closing track. Let go…

S2D2 Vol 91

1. Folamour – Each Day Is A First Day

French producer Folamour drops this downright delightful cut of warm, organic, house music. This song will bring some sun to even the most miserable winter days.

2. Chaos In The CBD – United Identities

One of four sultry chill house tracks on their new record label, In Dust We Trust. This track is stimulating in like, the calmest way possible.

3. Z Lovecraft – Myriad

Endlessly soothing acid house out of London. Polished, warm, muted = blissed out.

4. Supreems – Us Together

From Belgian producer Supreems comes a gorgeous, slow-burning, slice of a dreamy, hazy wonderland. Supreme, indeed.

5. Sporting Life – Sport X Frank Ocean – Florida State

Put on headphones and drown in this one.

6. k2k – We Down For

I’m a sucker for Brandy vocals and R&B infused dance tunes. k2k is a graduate from Red Bull Music Academy (a school that consistently spits out brilliant producers, and is a massive supportive force in the underground scene)

7. Blo — Strong(er)

Virtually unknown London producer Blo with a stunning piece of music that hits all the right notes – warm, swirling synths, broken, pattering percussion, and an acid groove that breaks down amidst soulful, heavy vocals. In the last act it all comes together and I just wanna dance.

8. Norwell – Citadel

A pulsing, futuristic track that has that kind of electronic grit that would fit right in on a Blade Runner soundtrack. Or Tron, now that I think about it.

9. Voiski – Let Down Disco

More galactic house for ya, my new favorite genre (that I made up). Could also call this progressive disco, haha. Love the groove, love the way the rhythms and synths unfold. By the end, I just wanna rage – the mark of a great progressive track.

10. Andrew Red Hand – Symphony Nr 303

Let’s finish this mix off with a relentless piece of acid house that’ll get your heart racing. Twelve minutes of fun, groovy times.