What is this music, and why is it captivating my attention into uncharted genres for me? The M Machine with their release of Metropolis – Part I has sent more series of shockwaves over me than the San Andreas fault. Being as this is only half of their full length LP being released right now, I’ll give you half my takes on it. At first listen, this wasn’t my cup of tea, but it’s definitely a tasty cup worth sipping nonetheless.
And the winner is…: “Deep Search“ If you’re a normal visitor or know the fundamentals of Mook, you know that vocals/meaningful lyrics that follow a beauty beat are my kryptonite. The few exceptions I make are when the instrumentation can tell a story. In “Deep Search”, I’m told the greatest epic of all time. The song begins by dropping into a pretty heavy experimental sound, but then breaks (1:45) for the prettiest noises I’ve laid ears upon. The visual I get is me standing in a sea of people at concert, arms outstretched Jesus style, in perfect peace with the world.
Diamond in the rough: “A Shadow in the Rose Garden“ Kudos to my buddy Julian for showing me this sample months back, and even more kudos to The M Machine for making it a real interesting listen. Drum & bass to the face.
The most shocking part: “Faces“ The first time I heard this song was recently, and through the same buddy Julian who showed me the “A Shadow in the Rose Garden”. Anyway, I was laying down on a couch, and the trippiness of the track lulled me to a calm slumber. Several lucid dreams later, I woke up with a renewed sense of life, and this song became dark but enriching home, despite the whole “not my style” thing.
Final Grade: N/A. Whoa sometimes, I get a good feeling, but let’s let this whole album unfold before I go branding letter grades on it. This is merely a progress report: 90 – 100, effort outstanding.
DOWNLOAD: The M Machine – Faces (Original Mix)