Why you should care about Madeaux and his debut album ‘Love the Machine’ [Review]

Dancing Astronaut – house, electro, progressive, dubstep

Fifi Rong’s ethereal voice croons over a building steam-engine beat. With every step, a soft 808 pulses under her yearning call. The tension builds like a swelling wave, mounting to a sumptuous climax of distorted drum hits and sputtering synth stabs. This is Madeaux’ s Love the Machine , and it’s downright awesome.

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146882244″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

As of today, Andrew Berman, or Madeaux as he is known, has released the last track off his debut album, Love the Machine . Why would you care, you ask? Well, to begin with, over the past two months, Madeaux has was able to grab the attention of the entire dance music blogosphere with his stunning production value. With a taste for cinematic bass and glittering sound design, the Miami-born producer is putting away some of the most interesting material we’ve heard all year. On top of this, Andrew Berman is the latest signing to Slush Administration, the same group responsible for Porter Brown and The M Machine. While these facts alone are enough in order to demonstrate his potential, Madeaux’ s vision behind his LP further corroborates his awesomeness: “ Our collective potential is certainly unlimited and while this album hardly scratches the surface I believe its desire is a testament to the world we are creating with each passing day. ”

Now that Love the Device has been released in its whole, it’ s worth taking a 2nd to examine the nuances of the album to understand what makes it so prosperous. Throughout the LP, Berman’s idiosyncratic drum layering is strikingly evident. Tightly knit tom drums abound, while ghost snares pervade the background ambiance. The album’s tempos hover around 90-100 BPM (or 180-200 depending how you look at it), affording the chance for some truly innovative rhythms. “Epinephrine” is one such example, utilizing the faster tempo to create an engrossing, stripped down drum break.

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141095367″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

Imagine mixing the strength and brute force of capture music with the lush, otherworldly environment of downtempo, and you’ve got something like Madeaux’s “Glittering. ” The track balances a triumphant top level of golden synth stabs using a bursting bottom end of indicate 808 sub hits. Berman explains the duality of his function: “ I wanted to test out my features in addition to demonstrating my range regarding listeners. While many people knew myself from my earlier downtempo function, I thought the way to really give our understated material dimension was by juxtaposing it with a full-on, digital onslaught. ”

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144073524″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

The album is a bit anachronistic. With its raspy, over-the-top synths and quick juke rhythms, it feels like big band jazz and funk thrown into the frantic future of a 22 nd century mechanized metropolis. The dichotomy is particularly apparent on “Revisionist, ” which sets horn-like square waves with a relentless drum line for both a vintage school-new school feel.

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142888946″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

While softer cuts like “Body Collision” have you swooning in silent meditation, the album packs several serious heat on tracks such as “Young Sinner” and “Proxxxy. ” The former is particularly invigorating thanks to the clean arp and quick speed while the latter growls with the menace of a robotic beast.

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148018236″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145175131″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

The album closes with title track “ Love the Machine, ” an apt summation of the LP’ s various influences, incorporating steel drums with the philosophical musing of Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound. Berman elucidates his vision with the album’ s ending: “ The electronic music revolution provides only just begun and the closing track is a celebration of the amazing times that are ahead of us. ”

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152473937″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

By the time Like the Machine wraps up, it’s impossible not to appreciate Berman’s careful attention to sound design and the motion picture soundscapes he has created. In many ways, his style evokes a similar aesthetic towards the M Machine and their recognized inspiration, Fritz Lang’ s 1927 Metropolis . It’s glorious and majestic, yet frenzied and rebellious. It’s fast, it’s dark, it’s forward-thinking yet conscious of the past. At the end of the day, it’s one hell of a debut for the young producer. Should you be still wondering who Madeaux is certainly, here is your answer: he’s probably the most exciting talents we’ve heard in a long time, and he’s just getting started.

Download Love the Machine for free through Madeaux’ s Facebook.

Why you should care about Madeaux and his debut album ‘ Love the Machine’ [Review] was posted by Erina Sundius, and appeared first upon Dancing Astronaut.

This entry was posted in Music News. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *