Machinedrum RA Mix

It has perhaps been a long time coming that Travis Stewart a/k/a Machinedrum be enlisted for the career-making Resident Advisor Mix series.

2011 saw his already extensive back catalog (his earliest released go back to the early aughts) come to a stylistic full circle in his Planet Mu long-player Room(s), a coalescence of glossy bass, brashly stark synth tones and arpeggiations and, during a time when the sheep were bleeting bass wobbles, a revelation of rhythm and tempo.

Stewart has spent the last two years almost entirely on the road, if not in his adopted home of Berlin, and after signing with uber-label Ninja Tune earlier this year announced his magnum opus; Vapor City.

There’s plenty abuzz about the sonic metropolis that came from Travis Stewart’s head, but this mix is a pretty good indication of what the wider world of Machinedrum is like these days. The mix is characteristically heavy on his own material, remixes abound, but carefully crafted to feature the darker more abrasive side of his repertoire. Future Sounds of London, Ital Tek, John Convex are all featured, but highlights include the infamous White Snares from UK legendary duo Instra:mental and dBridge and Sam Binga’s “Crackney Parrot Refix” of modern jungle technician Tessela. Prepare yourself, for this one is a trip.

Stream Machinedrum’s RA mix at residentadvisor.net.  Also, his Vapor City Boiler Room in New York City set just hit the web.  Watch him perform here.

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