Machinedrum—aka the producer Travis Stewart—has released a new album, A View of U.
The 11-track project, which dropped last Friday, is the producer’s latest release following Berry Patch, his joint EP with Holly released in January, and ZOOSPA, his 2019 album released with Jimmy Edgar as the duo J-E-T-S.
For his ninth studio album, Machinedrum enlisted a varied cast of collaborators. Guests on A View of U include soul and R&B singers Tanerélle, Jesse Boykins III and Rochelle Jordan, the rappers Freddie Gibbs and Father, fellow electronic musicians Mono/Poly, Chrome Sparks and Sub Focus, and Armenian jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan.
The LP’s title, where “U” stands for “Universe,” is a reference to the concept of an out of body experience (or OOBE). “The feeling of being out of your body feels infinite. It feels like time has stopped. It feels like the birth of creation,” Machinedrum—who is an advocate of meditation— explained in a statement.
“When I am in the creative zone I tend to forget time, who I am and where I am. As I became aware of my OOBE through song creation, choosing what songs should go on an album as well as through my meditation, I realized that this was meant to be the central theme of the album.”
Stream A View of U below: