So in recent months the collective consciousness of electronic music has been made aware of a new form of Drum and Bass known as Juke. Its a sort of Jungle meets Techno with lots of vocal snippets and amen style breaks, supported hugely by the likes of Rockwell in his Radio 1 appearances. But if there is one artist that holds the torch for this sound slightly higher than everyone else, its the hugely talented, Machinedrum. With a following within the realms of techno, house, drum and bass and everything in between, the formerly known Travis Stewart released the Vapor City in September, and has now released the Gunshotta Ave. to follow from the LP
So we start with the title track Gunshotta, following the trademark machinedrum ethos of darkness is greatness. The track starts with Hi Hats enveloped in haunting pad chords, then in creeps the “Gunshotta” vocal hook, contrasted with genius against a much softer vocal. Uncharacteristically, the drums sound much more jungle influenced and seem to be created out of old breaks, whereas previous works have seemed more 808 and analogue driven. Still, a powerful track without a doubt.
Stirrin takes the jungle influence to another level entirely. The offbeat reggae style guitar syncopated within the jungle break drums as a homage to the old school stylings of the likes of Shy FX, Die and Break, but with a modern twist. The lower tempo definitely anchors this as more of a hot jam, than big tune.
Then we have the two remix impressions on the title track. As expected, the Fracture remix stays true to the original drum and bass approach, but employs a half tempo modern kick and snare pattern. As well as some gully rising sub and reece bass on the second drop. The Amit remix takes the track down to 140, and see’s a much more original take on the track. The track uses the original stems sparingly, but not taking away from the remix as an epic re-telling of the track, in a sort of early dubstep way.