Machinedrum releases synth-heavy new single, U Betta
The guitar-infused single is his first since last year's impressive Human Energy record.
"I’ve got two singles coming out on Ninja Tune soon. One with Rochelle Jordan again and another one with Rosie Lowe. I think they’re coming out early 2017." said Machinedrum when we caught up with him late last year for a chat about his then-just-released Human Energy record. "I don’t think I’m in anyway finished exploring the direction I took with Human Energy but it has allowed me to get a bit more experimental with things, which is more or less my background from my earlier releases. I really want to experiment with that approach more and try to dig deeper into that sound.” U Betta is the first taste of this experimentalism post-Human Energy for Machinedrum, with the US-based producer surprise-releasing the single on Soundcloud. Impressive in its contrasting of synthesised and organic sounds, U Betta is a synth-heavy return from Machinedrum, with firing rounds of sawing synth and rolling percussion combining on the single's expansive breakdowns, which sit between doses of airy, chilled-out acoustic guitar and vocal samples. It largely follows the sounds Machinedrum unexpectedly delved into on Human Energy, which signalled a newfound, electro-pop-leaning tone with aid from guest features including Dawn Richard and Rochelle Jordan. Listen to the track below, out now on Ninja Tune: