Machinedrum (aka Travis Stewart) releases his long-awaited, genre-defying new album ‘3FOR82’. Between drum & bass, hip-hop, jazz, R&B and juke, Stewart weaves in an impressive crew of collaborators on ‘3FOR82’ including Jesse Boykins III, the album’s co-executive producer, plus various contributions from KUČKA, AKTHESAVIOR, Duckwrth, Ezri, Tanerélle, DeniroFarrar, TopazJones, deem spencer, ajamonet, ROZET, WillJohnson, IanMaciak and Tinashe. 

Throughout the album they ponder the question: “If you could visit with your younger self, what would you say to them?”. Travis himself re-visited old production methods from his teenage years making beats for the album using ImpulseTracker (a 90s software sequencer) and in that way, having a conversation with his younger self. The result is an album threading the needle between past, present and future; one that is as equally compassionate as it is boisterous, as comforting as it is defiant, and 100% true to Travis’ enduring M.O.

‘3FOR82’ builds on the vocalist-centric, genre-blending songwriting of the last Machinedrum album, 2020’s ‘A View Of U’, and the thematic groundwork laid down on the 2023 EP ‘4#TRAX’. This rich, prismatic approach to collaboration builds on the uptempo vocal manipulations that won Stewart acclaim in electronic communities, notably on 2011’s breakout LP ‘Room(s)’ and 2013 opus ‘Vapor City’. Previous singles on ‘3FOR82’ include “ZOOM (feat. Tinashe)”, “ILIKEU (feat. Duckwrth)”, “RISE (feat. ROZET)” and “WEARY (feat. Mick Jenkins & Jesse Boykins III)” which showcase Stewart’s mastery of club music and impressive range. 

Machinedrum takes his brand new live AV show featuring drummer Ian Maciak and visuals by Strangeloop Studios on tour this Spring/Summer. Headline shows kicked off in Australia and NZ during March, followed by North America in (May-July) and UK/EU planned for October. Tickets are on sale now for his London show at Studio9294 on 16th October. 

2024 summer festivals include Northern Nights, June Jam, SolFest, BassCoast, and Bonnaroo as well as Lightning in a Bottle today, where Machinedrum will be celebrating the album’s release with a special DoLab listening party.

‘3FOR82’ is out now on NinjaTune. Stream / Download here

Machinedrum Live Dates

*Fri 24th May* – Live A/V – Lightning in a Bottle Festival – Bakersfield, CA
Wed 29th May – Live A/V – Velvet Underground – Toronto, ON
Thu 30th May – Live A/V – Bar Le Ritz – Montreal, QB
Fri 31st May – Live A/V – The Office – Nashville, TN
Sat 1st June – Live A/V – Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA
Thu 6th June – Live A/V – Chop Shop – Chicago, IL 
Fri 7th June – Live A/V – Market Hotel – Brooklyn, NY
Sat 8th June – DJ – Flash Rooftop – Washington, DC
Wed 12th June – DJ – Bonnaroo Festival – Manchester, TN
Fri 21st June – DJ – Wicked West – San Diego CA
Sat 22nd June – Live A/V – June Jam (Playa Ponderosa) – Flagstaff, AZ
Thu 27th June – Live A/V – Club Vinyl – Denver, CO
Fri 28th June – Live A/V – Lodge Room – Los Angeles, CA
Sat 29th June – Live A/V – Soundwell – Salt Lake City, UT
Wed 10th July – Live A/V – Holocene – Portland, OR
Thu 11th July – Live A/V – Public Works – San Francisco, CA
Fri 12th July – DJ – Bass Coast Festival – Merritt, BC
Sat 13 July – Live A/V – The High Dive – Seattle, WA
Fri 19 July – DJ – Northern Nights Festival – Piercy, CA
Wed 16th Oct – Live A/V – Studio 9294 – London, UK

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