Sly & The Family Stone

CHR-008: Scorpio Rising

February 28, 2019

SA-RA Creative Partners are the greatest crew of the 21st century, with a discography that plays like the textbook definition of machine soul.

Soul Machines

February 23, 2019

In the hazy shadow of r&b's ultraviolet hip hop inflections, its mirror image lingers like a haunting moment still hanging hazy in the air.

It’s Going Down For Real

January 6, 2019

The song creeps onto the dancefloor, slow-motion beats twist and turn as the refrain gets chanted over and over, a sick sax loop slithers across booming 808s...

Students Of The Future

December 5, 2018

This time of year — when late autumn begins giving way to the dawning chill of winter — often takes me back to the year 2001, a swirling vortex of electronic jazz and machine soul.

Funkadelic – The Electric Spanking Of War Babies

August 31, 2018

Throwing everything from "(Not Just) Knee Deep" to "Hit It And Quit It" into a blender of abstraction, War Babies comes up with the adrenaline rush of pure future shock.

Model 500 – Deep Space

June 30, 2018

With Deep Space, his debut album, Juan Atkins lays the blueprint for the chrome-plated sounds of machine soul: the art form of the 21st century.

Terminal Vibration V (What Time Is It?)

February 16, 2018

Now we move to the back of the crate toward the voodoo records: the heaviest, most atmospheric music this side of krautrock. Things are gonna get weird.

Terminal Vibration IV (Rockers Revenge)

February 6, 2018

The Spartan minimalistic funk turned out by crews hailing from places like Manchester, Leeds and (especially) New York. Punk funk, in other words.

How’s Your Evening So Far?

October 31, 2016

Halloween. A day with a lot of memories through the years, but when it comes to music I think back to one in particular. It was about fifteen years ago.

We Shall Overcome

October 25, 2016

The resistance started in folk and the blues, chronicling the ills of their day with a resolute spirit that vowed to one day reach the mountaintop.