Vapor City - Machinedrum
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  • Band members: Machine Drum
  • Summary: This is the first release on Ninja Tune for Berlin-based electronic artist Travis Stewart.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 85
    It’s an ambitious enterprise--and one that Stewart tackles in a number of remarkable ways.
  2. 80
    On paper Vapor City looked like Stewart’s descent into a sump of his own pompousness; in reality it’s anything but.
  3. Oct 11, 2013
    80
    What really marks Machinedrum's growth are the moments that subtly push Stewart's sound into small stylistic corners only hinted at before.
  4. Oct 1, 2013
    78
    It's the intricate musical subtleties Stewart weaves through them that blow your hair back.
  5. Dec 11, 2013
    70
    Here the rhythms veer toward rolling drum and bass breaks, and the mood is a lot more relaxed.
  6. Oct 21, 2013
    70
    There is not much here that jumps out of the speakers, or that makes you want to scream with excitement; instead it is a release that slowly gets under your skin, and most importantly, doesn’t force its concept down your throat.
  7. Sep 30, 2013
    30
    When it’s watered down by this much sneakerhead aestheticism, it becomes hard to even hear the culture-shaking subversion that lurked in the sounds of Machinedrum’s influences.

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