FACT mix 248 is a furious work-out tape of jungle, footwork and more by New York underground hero Machinedrum.
Real name Travis Stewart, Machinedrum has been a staple in New York’s underground since the early part of the last decade, when his debut album Now You Know (2001) was released on Miami’s Merck Records. In the years since, which have seen him release another eight full-lengths as well as myriad singles and mixtapes, Machinedrum has explored countless forms of dance music, hip-hop and more, as well as the extremes of both analog and digital musical forms.
Last year, Stewart turned to Glasgow’s LuckyMe collective – a stable of artists who have always openly revered Machinedrum’s music – to release his Many Faces EP, while also exploring contemporary house music and dubstep, collaborating with Praveen Sharma as Sepalcure for a series of records on Hotflush.
Next month, Planet Mu will release Room(s), a new Machinedrum full-length with ambient jungle and Chicago footwork as key reference points. The focus of Room(s) is on immediacy, with tracks mostly composed while traveling, then later finished in the studio, with the notion in mind that great moments of inspiration are fleeting, and should be seized upon and “squeezed” for all their worth.
Machinedrum’s long overdue FACT mix centres around the footwork and jungle that inspires Room(s), with Planet Mu material from DJ Diamond, DJ Spinn and Chrissy Murderbot, Philip D. Kick and Distal’s individual takes on juke and footwork, and jungle from Roni Size & Reprazent. There’s also unreleased material from Machinedrum, FaltyDL, Eprom and XI, so dig in, and turn the page for a short interview with Stewart about the new album and more. Oh, and be sure to catch Machinedrum at the Glade Festival on June 10-12.
MF Grimm – Emotions [Day By Day]
DJ Taktix – Hornz for 94 (Philip D Kick Footwork Edit) [Unreleased]
DJ Diamond – Go Hard [Planet Mu]
DJ Spinn – Man I Do It [Planet Mu]
Tom & Jerry – Yamming Snacks Like Jerry (Machinedrum Footwork Edit) [Unreleased]
Secret Squirrel – Jungle Squirrel (Machinedrum Footwork Edit) [Unreleased]
Distal – Behold The Jungle Bootleg [Well Rounded]
Chrissy Murderbot – Club Cirque Riddim [Planet Mu]
EPROM – Twerkul8 [Unreleased]
Africa Hitech – Foot Step [Warp]
Machinedrum – Boxoff [Unreleased]
Mike De Underground and Cool Hand Flex – Day to Day [De Underground]
Dok – Your Love ['89 Revival]
The House Crew – Euphoria (Nino’s Dream) [Production House]
Return Of Macka Brown – Dub Heaven (Machinedrum Edit) [Unreleased]
Untouchables – N Joi This (Machinedrum Edit) [Unreleased]
Vicious Crew – No Politics Vol 2 A1 [Stomp]
Falty DL – Jungle 12-10-10 [Unreleased]
Plug – Feelings [Blue Planet Recordings]
Roni Size & Reprazent – Morse Code [Mercury]
XI – Break Dat [Unreleased]
Son Of Kick – Playing the Villain (Machinedrum Remix) [Muti Music]
Lil Wayne – Six Foot Seven Foot [Young Money]
Walkmen – Countdown Theory [Atomik]