Last year, Machinedrum (born Travis Stewart) shared the full Ableton session file for the track “Sacred Frequency,” from his reputation-cementing album Room(s) on Planet Mu.  We mention this because, in addition to being an incredibly generous move, it’s also an indication of the degree to which the Berlin-via-Brooklyn producer is comfortable, at the top of his game.

The act of pulling back the curtain to expose the component elements of his music (and in the process, opening the door to potential imitators) paints a picture of an artist who knows that his art is more than the samples, plug-ins and technique that comprise the music.

After the resounding success of Room(s), Stewart has maintained a prolific level of output via remixes, unreleased archival material, and collaborations (notably with Praveen Sharma as Sepalcure and Jimmy Edgar as JETS), though official solo Machinedrum material has been in relatively short supply. “Eyesedontlie” (premiered today on Pitchfork) serves as an announcement of his forthcoming EP on his new label Ninja Tune, as well as a full length album due in the Fall.

Simultaneously indebted to syncopated house, left-field hip-hop, footwork and drum & bass, “Eyesdontlie” nonetheless sounds like nothing so much as his own work.  There are plenty of other artists synthesizing similar influences, but Machinedrum continues to live in a sonic territory all his own.

The “Eyesdontlie” single is due July 29.


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