The Neptunes

Mark Hollis

March 16, 2019

I was quite saddened to hear of Mark Hollis' passing. As the frontman of Talk Talk, his voice was the extraordinary foundation upon which his group's sound was built.

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!)...

Keni Stevens – Night Moves

February 10, 2019

Every now and then one stumbles upon an utterly beguiling record that somehow sounds both intimately of-its-era and utterly out of time. This is one of those records.

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.

Kelela – Cut 4 Me

January 10, 2019

Cut 4 Me is a sketch of everything of-the-moment RnB should aspire to. Transcending its rugged origins even as it uses them to its benefit, what began life...

Alexander O’Neal – Alexander O’Neal

December 12, 2018

In the annals of great soul men, Alexander O'Neal stands astride the worlds of smooth soul and modern r&b like a colossus.

Juan Atkins

August 8, 2018

Not much to add to what I said here, but within the context of what we've got lined up in the August heat, it seemed high time to throw a little more love Magic Juan's way.

Sade – Surrender Your Love

July 31, 2018

Sade is one of those strange attractors in music, a figure who seems to almost effortlessly command total respect from the cognoscenti.

Kleeer

July 25, 2018

Rewiring their funk up to the machines, Kleeer spit vector grooves out across the globe's post-disco dancefloors and laid out blueprints for the future.

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.