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As a concept album dedicated to the districts of a would-be city, Machinedrum's Vapor City is something of an urban love letter. It's imbued with cues from footwork and early jungle, but what sets Machinedrum's style apart is his attention to subtle melody and texture amid minimal, exacting percussion that recalls contemporaries like dBridge or Burial. Much like life in the city, lonesome and nigh-mournful sections are juxtaposed with clarifying moments of ephemeral beauty. It's a distinctly well-honed realization of metropolitan character, giving new context to the urban landscape. 

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Best work to date-

While not an avid Machinedrum listener or music writer for that matter I have been listening to Travis Stewart off and on for the last 8 years, and the production on this is masterful. Elements of Burial, James Blake, Jimmy Edgar, throwback jungle tracks, intriguing arrangements, lush strings, and reverbed vocals show Machinedrum remaining true to his roots while moving forward. Definitely not one for the contemporary over-produced EDM crowd, and that's the highest praise I can give it.


Great album!


Full of love, courage and passion. Beautiful from beginning to end...and I don't want it to end...


Born: March 4, 1982 in Eden, NC

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Machinedrum is handily the most well-known alias attributed to American electronic musician Travis Stewart, who has also released material as Syndrone, tstewart, Neon Black, and Aden. Initially credited as Machine Drum (two words), he was one of the primary exponents of glitch-hop during the early 2000s, finding common ground between hip-hop rhythms and the tightly programmed experimental electronic sounds of IDM labels such as Skam, Warp, and Rephlex. His sound mutated as the decade progressed,...
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