Stevie Wonder

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.

Terminal Vibration X (Machine Soul)

February 25, 2019

Where does machine funk intersect with post punk? The chrome-plated technicolor world of machine soul. It's arguably the most vital form of popular music (still!)...

RAG019: Winter 2019

January 31, 2019

This is the sound of cloud-covered days and rain-slicked streets, half-lit street corners and errant rhythm boxes spooling out the Chiba City blues.

Timbaland

January 22, 2019

If we're talking machine soul, there's absolutely no getting around the man. There's r&b before Timbaland and r&b after, with a seismic shift in between that hinges on the axis of his vision.

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.

Geology 35

November 18, 2018

Now we venture beyond the cozy climes of Laurel Canyon and assorted outposts into the realm of the metaphysical, the music that lies at the fringes of canyon proper.

Anthony Shakir – Tracks For My Father

September 30, 2018

Over in the space of twenty-five minutes, this four track EP hits you like a vintage soul album in miniature (albeit shot through with a healthy dose of Future Shock).

Terminal Vibration IX (Elevator Music)

June 29, 2018

This music is like Detroit — a complete mistake. It's like George Clinton and Kraftwerk stuck in an elevator. The subject turns to techno, house and other things...

Dimitri From Paris – Night Dubbin’

April 20, 2018

It's a sprawling selection of 21 shimmering dancefloor dubs from the first half of the 1980s, all lovingly presented in an indispensable 3½ hour anthology.

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.