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Human Energy

Machinedrum - Human Energy
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2016 Ratings: #601 / 905
User Score
Based on 28 ratings
September 30, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
UK Bass, Wonky / Genres / Website
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The turn most fans despised, but a necessary move IMO. The similarities to Burial´s dark urban aesthetic were becoming too apparent for his sake. A change was long overdue, and with this LP Machinedrum cements himself as a truly original composer with his very unique, very high octane rhythms pierced violently by fast metallic bursts of melody. Its great. Think SOPHIE meets Iglooghost with a very strong pop sensibility.
Colour Communicator is a fun highlight.
“I played the songs for friends and their immediate reaction was that the songs made them feel something in their bodies, like the music was pouring energy into them. I realized that I was creating an album that will make people feel something instantly, connecting my intention with the listener.” Stewart is well aware that some of these ideas will come over as “straight up cheesy.” His best rebuttal is his album, which astounds over and over again with the sheer ... read more
I remember listening to this album in 2016, on its release and thinking that it wasn’t experimental enough. I’m listening to this album 2 years later and I can say that it’s still isn’t experimental masterpiece, BUT it’s not meant to be overly experimental. It’s just fun, engaging album.
There are a lot interesting samples and structuring decisions. It’s a dance album in some extend. Overall I can say that “Human Energy” is a pretty good ... read more
'Do It 4 U' kills.
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Track List

  1. Lapis
  2. Morphogene (feat. Ruckazoid)
  3. Angel Speak (feat. MeLo-X)
  4. Tell U (feat. Rochelle Jordan)
  5. Surfed Out
  6. Do It 4 U (feat. D∆wn)
  7. Celestial Levels (feat. Jesse Boykins III)
  8. Isometrix
  9. Spectrum Sequence
  10. White Crown (feat. Tosin Abasi)
  11. Ocean of Thought
  12. Etheric Body Temple
  13. Dos Puertas (feat. Kevin Hussein)
  14. Opalescent
  15. Colour Communicator
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Added on: August 31, 2016