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Lately, I’m either thinking about Machinedrum or talking about his music at least once a day. I am buzzing over his new productions, which only add to my sheer amazement of this artist. The amount of ideas and fresh vision coming out of Travis Stewart is so huge. Some don’t fully understand everything he offers to the world.

This “Eyesdontlie” video astounded my friends and I. What resembles those Roller Coaster Simulator rides carries you through a district of Vapor City. The environment becomes increasingly trippy, kinky and colorful, eventually fading into nothing.

 

In this interview with The Creators Project, Machinedrum talks about the dreams that inspired this new album on Ninja Tune..

“I would kind of be transferred to this same city in my dreams where it felt familiar, even though I knew I’d never been there. In the dream I felt like I knew all the places, I kept seeing the same streets, the same shops and clubs. Same amusement parks and weird little details that I kept noticing were recurring and it really started to freak me out that this kept happening—and it was also happening the first half of the year that I lived in Berlin.

So it started to form this sort of combination architecturally between New York and a bit of Berlin. A sort of old-meets-new sort of architecture. But it was very vast. And I could almost, in the dream, sort of zoom in and see the city for what it was, and kind of get an idea of where I was in the city. But it was crazy that I kept having this dream and it started fading out as I was living in Berlin but I thought it was definitely something I should explore more creatively, there was definitely a reason I was having this dream.”

When you make it out to Decibel Festival 2013 next month, make sure you experience the world debut of Vapor City Live on Friday, September 27th @ Showbox Market. It’s a part of the What The Festival Showcase with additional performances from XXYYXX, Giraffage and Timeboy (visuals by Zach Walker).

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Vapor City will be released on September 30th

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– Jimi Jaxon

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This is the first time I’ve featured Wiley. Realizing that he’s been developing his music for 10+ years as an innovator of the underground music scene (with jungle, drum & bass, UK garage, hip-hop), and is regarded by many as the “King of Grime”, I know there’s so much more music for me to take in and understand. So for all the major fans of Wiley reading this, I am no expert, I’m just aware that he’s one of the best and want to start sharing his tunes here on Disco Droppings. I got a copy of his most recent album, Evolve or be Extinct, so I will begin here.

 

 

On first listen, I was challenged by these songs. Some got me hyped right off the bat like “Evolve of be Extinct”, “Link Up” (the transition between those two trax is perfect) and “Weirdo”. Others were intriguing but didn’t connect right away for me, such as “I’m Skanking” and “Miss You”. After taking a break from the album, I had a very frustrating experience and came back with some angry energy to blow off. It was with this next listen that the whole album really came to life. Wiley’s voice comes through as if he’s rapping a few inches from my face, crystal clear and sharp as fuck. His voice is an instrument perfectly tuned to the beats. Effortless delivery and progressive ideas on the production kept me guessing. I’ve gone through the album 4 times now, and it’s gotten better and more entertaining each time. I’m sure you’ll be seeing Wiley pop up on here a lot more, now that I understand how brilliant and inspired he is. 

 

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– Jimi Jaxon

An epic show goes down this Saturday at Chop Suey. Lorn, of the Brainfeeder and Ninja Tune crews, is back in Seattle! I loved his set at Decibel 2010, and this time he will be joined by Dolor, Omega Clash (Lorn + adoptahighway) and III Cosby. Big thanks to People Music and Car Crash Set for putting this on. With a new album, “Ask The Dust” on its way in June through Ninja Tune (DL a free track), Lorn is sure to showcase some new sounds. Buy TIX and attend through FB  – Interview with Lorn below..

DD Welcome Lorn! What are you up to right now? 

L Easy, relaxing, was just working on a new track..some night music 

 

DD You new album, “Ask The Dust” releases in a few short months. I loved the previews that can be heard on the Ninja Tune site. Are you playing many of these tracks in your current live sets? 

L Thanks, glad to hear that.  The live sets have definitely evolved as my catalogue grows, so there’s a lot from Ask The Dust, other new unreleased projects, and ‘classics’ if you will.  My tools have changed as well with live drum playing, synths..

DD For those who saw your epic set at Decibel Festival 2010, how have you evolved artistically up to now? 

L Ask The Dust is quite different from anything I’ve done.  Been pushing myself more, I think.. taking stranger risks, letting things ride, more use of my voice as an instrument.  Some of my production sensibilities are still there or amped up but I wasn’t interested in making Nothing Else Pt.2

 

DD  How would you describe the style of those opening your Chop Suey show? 

L Dolor and adoptahighway are two of my best friends, so there are definitely some musical parallels between us.  adoptahighway makes some really strong movements, maybe more classically oriented, and together we form Omega Clash.  Dolor is probably more in line with R&B.  I dunno, bad at genres, Wednesday Sound is our sound.

DD Being a part of the Brainfeeder and Ninja Tune families must be so rad! How do you feel each label compliments your vision?

L Its been and continues to be a real fuckin privilege, no question.  I fell into the same team that worked on Nothing Else for Brainfeeder once I signed with Ninja Tune so it was like coming back home.

 

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– Jimi Jaxon