Resident Advisor Sessions: Machinedrum

Machinedrum's haunting Vapor City medley, Can U Dance, Sébastien Tellier's PrivateJam and more in this week's look at music

When Travis Stewart—the musician best known as Machinedrum—released his concept album Vapor City on Ninja Tune last year, listeners reveled in his versatile music landscape, which is built upon layers of loops and sounds and beautifully punctuated by nuanced details. At SXSW, the Berlin-based electronic artist brought his fantasy to life with drummer Lane Barrington, catching the hearts of everyone and the eye of Resident …

Tennyson: Lay-by

Machinedrum's haunting Vapor City medley, Can U Dance, Sébastien Tellier's PrivateJam and more in this week's look at music

The teenage Canadian brother and sister duo behind the tender, futuristic instrumental “Lay-by” want to remind people to take a minute to slow down and take everything in, because “sometimes the dark can be beautiful.” This track begins with what sounds like a pitched car door signal and sets off on a dynamic journey with more curious sonic colorings and embellishments—without needing vocals or lyrics …

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Machinedrum's haunting Vapor City medley, Can U Dance, Sébastien Tellier's PrivateJam and more in this week's look at music

Majid Jordan: A Place Like This With prominent vocals and production credits on Drake’s heavily rotated (and critically acclaimed) single “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Toronto duo Majid Jordan had listeners intrigued. Composed of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, the PR-shy group offers up their single “A Place Like This.” Featuring a stripped-down beat reminiscent of Jamie xx and the same sleek vocals from …