The M Machine | Just Like (OWSLA)

cd M-machineHigh energy and melodic, it has the potential to be a huge club hit.

 

 

The latest release from San Francisco’s The M Machine, Just Like, comes to us via OWSLA Records, the label owned by electronic phenom Skrillex. The self-produced, five-track EP is a glitz of heavy beats and odd vocals and loops. The band, consisting of Ben Swardlick, Eric Luttrell, and Andy Coenan, has also created remixes for the likes of artists such as Bruno Mars, Passion Pit, and Empire of the Sun.

On their newest venture, the band has accomplished a fine disc of beat-backed alternative electronica. Blending danceable beats with melodic synths and off-the-wall vocal phrases and loops, TMM is reminiscent of early music from My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and the early ’80s industrial synth era.

While not entirely original, this is a commendable EP. High energy and melodic, it has the potential to be a huge club hit, and even have a run at alternative radio. Spotlight tracks here include “Don’t Speak,” which sports a spacey feel and some very catchy hooks, and “Over/Love,” a tune that combines angelic harmonies with an airy, baritone vocal.

I caught the band last fall with The Glitch Mob. Live, the three members of the band sing, edit loops, and control all of their own visuals. Their stage set, which consists of a massive LED screen, is designed, built, and controlled by the band. Overall, Just Like is a very dance-friendly, fun album. B | Marc Farr

RIYL: My Life with the Thrill Kill Cult, early Depeche Mode, dance remixes

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