A sense of forward motion runs through ‘Vapor City’, bringing on the same kind of feeling you get while sitting on a plane that’s moving down a runway toward takeoff. It’s propelled by rolling junglist drum breaks, soaring synth beams and great thrusts of sub-bass, elements tailor-made to make you feel as though you’re floating through a vast stretch of sky. It’s an ethereal experience from start to finish, Machinedrum eschewing his love of UK funky, future garage, r’n’b, footwork and other low-end strains in order to concentrate on lush, rhythmic, utterly transportive productions.
It’s something he’s known for in his work as JETS with Jimmy Edgar and Sepalcure with Praveen Sharma, and here he’s dedicated an entire album to it. Opener ‘Gunshotta’ sets the tone, brittle, rattling drums whizzing through a cloud of bass and vocal samples that switch between ragga attitude and plaintive lyricism. ‘Infinite Us’ and ‘Dont 1 2 Lose U’ follow suit, two clouds of warm, deep melancholy laced with piano chords and more haunting vocals. ‘Rise N Fall’ and ‘SeeSea’ hit the same vibe, but with vocal loops repeated ad infinitum so mesmeric bliss is achieved.
Gaps in the sugar-rush euphoria come in the form of ‘Vizion’, a thick puff of ambient drone, and ‘U Still Lie’, a downbeat, woozy jam shot through with zaps of neon melody. And for anyone looking for a bit of ruffage, lead single ‘Eyesdontlie’ is a thundering, system-destroying DJ tool.
File under Ethereal jungle
Download ‘Eyesdontlie’, ‘Center Your Love’, ‘U Still Lie’
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