Now this is not me jamming with an Elektron Machinedrum, nor a direct collaboration with the NinjaTune recording artist Machinedrum. But at least, we are indeed both involved. The full story goes like this: I received a message recently from Teklife57 Records. They were preparing a commemorative compilation for DJ Rashad, one of their main artists who passed away on 26 April 2014 and were asking for permission to release a Footwork remix that Machinedrum did on my Microglobe classic High On Hope from 1992.
I don’t know Machinedrum personally and don’t really play his tracks, since my DJ style is different, but I’ve seen him perform live in Berlin already, which was impressive. I also know his work with his buddy Jimmy Edgar, whom I’m a fan of and whom I’ve also interviewed for my former radio show Motherfunk on BLN.fm.
I have to say I’m honoured to have Machinedrum, a high profile artist, rework one of my tunes in such an artistic way. He also used big chunks of the tune A Brief British Breakbeat Inferno, which was released on the High On Hope Summer Remix EP and also featured on the influential Tresor – Auferstanden Aus Ruinen compilation.
Fun fact: that track was produced and intended as a tongue-in-cheek parody of British breakbeat tracks that were making their way over to Berlin in 1992. Suffice to say it was a genre I did not enjoy as much as pure Techno.
All the proceeds of this compilation will go to Rashad’s son and so I want to encourage you to get the vinyl version of the compilation AfterLife including Machinedrum’s remix, which is also available via Soundcloud.
Rashad’s Facebook page