Just two days shy of one month ago, Travis Stewart, aka Machinedrum, shared the first two tracks as part of the announcement of his new album A View of U. Today, Stewart has shared yet another pair of tracks.
One titled “Star” and the other “Believe in U”, the former is more of a lowkey and elegant R&B gem that features LA’s Tanerélle on vocals. Also, Stewart pulls in contributions from Mono/Poly, a producer who has worked with hip-hop’s most significant stars in the past, namely Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, and Ne-Yo. “Believe in U” is the more boastful, yet still is smooth and fluid as we hear Machinedrum with ease, shapeshift through a sample of The Jackson Sisters’ soul classic “I Believe in Miracles”.
“Star” and “Believe in U” may not be as immediate to the ears as the initial singles, especially when trying to follow up a track as great as the Freddie Gibbs featuring “Kane Train”. But both are snappy house jams that, together, hint at something special as we get closer to the release of this record, which bursts at the seams with intriguing guest appearances.