The Caribbean influence is undeniable in 2016—even if some outlets didn’t know what to initially deem it. Countless synthpop and electronic producers are culling from dancehall rhythms, but few have pulled it off as compellingly as Machinedrum has with “Angel Speak.”
The LA-based producer collaborated with Brooklyn’s Melo-X for an ideal summer burner. The bi-coastal composition consists of galloping snares and buoyant brass melodies. Gruff vocal samples sporadically drop in to seemingly lead the listener throughout the song’s transitions. “Angel Speak’s” seamless marriage of dancehall and electronic elements makes the track feel like a jamboree somewhere off in the middle of the galaxy.
Machinedrum released his debut album Vapor City all the way back in 2013, but it appears that he’s prepping a new project. He recently collaborated with Kevin Hussein on the thumping “Dos Puertas.” It’s unknown if that track or “Angel Speak” will be on the project, but he’s on a creative roll regardless in 2016.