Gavin Elsted is one of the three resident DJs at Lumo Club (alongside myself and Simon Roche), the monthly night which celebrated being a a year-old in Yamamori Tengu in Dublin in October, a year in which we also took the club ethos to Body & Soul, Metropolis, Forbidden Fruit and most recently, Dingle this weekend.

Gavin is also the producer known as Adultrock, who released the fine Push & Pull EP this year.

The next Lumo is Thursday December 22nd – our Christmas party. Tickets here.

Here are his top 10 tracks of 2016:


Youandewan – ‘Waiting for L’

From one of my favourite albums this year. I had seen the name knocking about for a while and one of the online retailers like Phonica or Juno had posted this tune and I was hooked. Subtle, minimal instrumentation but a lot of emotional power in this track.


Pional – ‘The Way You Like’ (feat Empress Of)

One of two tracks featuring Empress Of on my list. Pional’s productions are always very special and this is no different – equally at home on mainstream radio as it would be in the club.


Parple – ‘Sacred’

I think I’ve played this at nearly every Lumo since I got my hands on it. A muscular modular workout from John Talabot under a pseudonym, this never fails to get bodies moving. The best bit is when it cuts to just the beat and the bassline – you can hear the tops off from a mile away.


Machinedrum – ‘Do It 4 U’ (feat Dawn)

I am fond of the occasional bit of maximalism and this definitely ticks the hyper hyper box for me. Very close to something off Rustie’s Glass Swords but more hook-laden and a bit more direct.


I Am The Cosmos – ‘Letting It Go’

A beat, a bassline and vocals. That’s all this is and yet it manages to be as engaging as anything else you’re likely to hear. If this is what the full-length that this is from is going to sound like, I can’t wait to hear it.


Empress Of – ‘Woman is a Word’

My favourite pop song of 2016, hands down. Must have listened to it about 20 times on repeat when I first heard it. Super hooky, direct and to the point – no messing about.


Cloud Nothings – ‘Modern Act’

Single handedly keeping me in shouty guitar man land are Cloud Nothings. This is technically a 2017 tune because the album’s not out yet but as teasers go it’s pretty enticing. Plus I wanted to put Brand New in here but I don’t think I’d get away with it.


Asa Moto – ‘Wanowan Efem’

Super slinky electronic funk from the DeeWee label. One for earlier in the night to encourage loosening up, a secret weapon in the warm up for me.


V – ‘La Nouvelle Epoque’

From the split with Ripperton (I reckon V is actually Ripperton as his remix history would suggest) on Fort Romeau’s Cin Cin label, classic chugging electro complete with New Order-alike bassline and Blue Monday-choirs. No complaints here.


Mmoths – ‘Eva’

I think the Mmoths record is an incredibly accomplished piece of work and this is the standout from it. Deft touches to the tune bring it out of the machinery it was made on and back towards a starker, more humanised sound.

Posted on December 6th, 2016


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With London club Fabric currently fighting its closure, many artists and producers who have played at the club have contributed a track each to help cover the significant legal costs involved in the fight to stop the revoke of the license by Islington Council and the closure of the club.

The 111-track #SaveFabric compilation featuring tracks from Clams Casino, Clark, Skream, Machinedrum, Ikonika, Addison Groove, Skream, Vex’d, Kuedo and many more. Download it via Bandcamp, iTunes or Fabric’s site.

Fabric’s Shaun Roberts speaks at Metropolis today about the club’s woes.

Posted on November 4th, 2016


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Between this weird and wonderful patois wonk of ‘Facety 2:11’ featuring a beat from Four Tet and the B-side, ‘Like A Drum’, featuring production by Machinedrum, our Rodney Smith could be at the start of a rejuvenation period.

Rodney Smith is arguably the greatest rapper ever to emerge from British shores. Over five albums of sonic invention, which, like all great hip-hop records, ran the gamut between funky fun and sharp-eyed lyrical incision, he’s carved out space for rappers in the UK, and become one the iconic voices in hip-hop from anywhere.

Smith describes the tune as ‘a wee spring warmer in voodoo coptic dialect shape shifting: the remit the same as ever in awakening one’s inner, modern-day Sun Ra, ODB and Kate Bush on an overdrive of “doing because we can’t help ourselves…””

The single is out on 12” via Ninja Tune on May 4th.

Posted on April 21st, 2015

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Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.

Best of 2014 : Albums | Songs | Readers Irish albums | Readers Irish songs | Remixes | Videos 


20 remixes or edits from my year that made it into my DJ playlists and got the most regular play: from bangers to disco edits to floorfillers and wamp wamp rap remixes.

  1. Jessie Ware – ‘Tough Love’ (Cyril Hahn remix)
  2. Metronomy – ‘Love Letters’ (Soulwax remix)
  3. Caribou – ‘Your Love’ (Carl Craig’s Set U Free remix)
  4. Daniel Avery – ‘All I Need’ (Remixed by Roman Flügel)
  5. Smart Edit – ‘All This Love’
  6. CHVRCHES – ‘Lies’ (Lxury Remix)
  7. Future Islands – ‘Doves’ (Vince Clark remix)
  8. Kelis – ‘Runnin’ (Machinedrum remix)
  9. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’ (Peaking Lights remix)
  10. Ellie Goulding – ‘How Long Will I Love You’ [EMBRZ Remix]
  11. Smart Edit – ‘All This Love’
  12. Blood Orange – ‘Uncle ACE’ (Kindness Remix) [feat. Robert Owens]
  13. Tove Lo – ‘Habits remix’ (Hippie Sabotage) 
  14. The Knife – ‘Pass This On’ (Shaken-Up remix)
  15. Kelis – ‘Jerk Ribs’ (Mount Kimbie remix)
  16. Jungle – ‘Time’ (Joe Goddard remix)
  17. London Grammar – ‘Sights’ (Tourist version)
  18. Psychemagik – ‘Black Noir Schwarz’ (Mineo remix)
  19. The Weekend – ‘Often’ (Kygo remix)
  20. Jungle – ‘The Heat’ (Joy Orbison remix)
  21. Elaine Mai – ‘Lay with Me’ (SertOne remix)
  22. Alunageorge – ‘Kaleidoscope Love’ (Kaytranada remix)
  23. Glass Animals – ‘Pools’ (Roosevelt remix)
  24. Tvvins – ‘You Better’ (Daithí remix)
  25. Au Revoir Simone – ‘Love You Don’t Know Me’ (I Am The Cosmos remix)



Posted on December 17th, 2014


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The chart:

  1. Little Dragon – ‘Paris’
  2. Todd Terje – ‘Delorean Dynamite’
  3. Ben Khan – ‘Savage’
  4. Blood Orange – ‘Uncle Ace’ (Kindness remix feat Robert Owens)
  5. Ratking – ‘Canal’
  6. Lykke Li – ‘No Rest For The Wicked’
  7. TALA – ‘Serbia’
  8. Sylvan Esso – ‘Play It Right’
  9. Kelis – ‘Runnin’ (Machinedrum remix)
  10. Hundred Waters – ‘Xtalk’
  11. Niia – ‘Simple Life’
  12. MNEK – ‘Every Little Word’
  13. Lone – ‘2 Is 8’
  14. Jamie xx – ‘Girl’
  15. Taylor McFerrin – ‘The Antidote’
  16. SZA feat. Chance The Rapper – ‘Child’s Play’
  17. Dat Oven – ‘Icy Lake’
  18. Glass Animals – ‘Pools’
  19. SOHN – ‘Artifice’
  20. Daphni and Owen Pallett – ‘Julia’
  21. Imploded View – ‘Withering Lights’
  22. X Priest X – ‘Isn’t It So’
  23. Fatima Al Qadiri – ‘Szechuan’
  24. Cornerboy Muzik – ‘Pull Up’
  25. William Onyeabor vs. Hot Chip – ‘Atomic Bomb’
  26. Go Wolf – ‘One More Night’
  27. Hannah Diamond – ‘Attachment’
  28. Kelela x Tink – ‘Want It’
  29. Twin Shadow – ‘To The Top’
  30. Salva – ‘Drop That Bitch’ feat. Schoolboy Q, Kurupt..

Posted on May 1st, 2014


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Tune in every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours of new music with me on, at 105.2FM, via the site, the TXFM app in the iTunes Store or on your TV if you’re on UPC.

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Hour 1

  1. Metronomy – Love Letters (Soulwax Remix)
  2. Ben Khan – Savage
  3. The Derevolutions – Now You Know My Name
  4. SOHN – Artifice
  5. Niia – Simple Life
  6. Kelis – Runnin’ (Machinedrum Remix Radio Edit)
  7. Lone – 2 Is 8
  8. Jamie XX – Sleep Sound
  9. RATKING – Canal
  10. Lorde – Ribs (Ryan Hemsworth’s Let’s Have A Sleepover Version)
  11. SZA – Julia
  12. Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing

Hour 2

  1. SHIPS – None of it Real
  2. Tomas Barfod Feat. Nina K – Pulsing
  3. SBTRKT – Gamalena
  4. Blooms- Skin
  5. I Have A Tribe – Yellow Raincoats
  6. Arthur Beatrice – Midland
  7. Chet Faker – Talk Is Cheap
  8. The Bedroom – The Big Up
  9. French Horn Rebellion & Savoir Adore- The Fire
  10. Rhodes – Your Soul
  11. Taylor McFerrin – The Antidote feat. Nai Palm
  12. Dustin Tebbutt – Bones
  13. Kinds – Breathe

Soundcloud playlist

Posted on April 11th, 2014


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After Mount Kimbie’s grower of a remix for Kelis’ other track ‘Jerk Ribs’ and the recent dancefloor rework from Breach and others, Machinedrum has stepped up and turned in an equally beguiling remix of Food album slow cut ‘Runnin’.

Kelis was recently in the studio with Mr Moroder. She’s also lined up for Sea Sessions.

Food is released on Ninja Tune on April 18th/21th/22th.

Posted on April 9th, 2014


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JETS is Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar’s side-project. Their second release is a cover of Midnight Star’s 1986 track ‘Midas Touch’ featuring the unmistakeable voice of Jamie Lidell which he first played on his Essential Mix last year.

The 12″ of the original and this version is out on Berlin’s Leisure System on January 27th. Leisure System just posted the Machinedrum Version of the track and the original in ripped form is below.

Edgar and Machinedrum originally put out a release as JETs in 2012 and started a label called Ultramajic together also. Machinedrum offered up a free EP called Vizion Centre a few weeks back with more free downloads offered to citizens of the Vapor City this year.

You might remember Boards Of Canada’s fine rework of that tune as Hell Interface too.

JETS have a FACT Mix.

Posted on January 13th, 2014

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!Kaboogie’s finest line-up in a while takes place in The Grand Social, Dublin this Friday night with Machinedrum and Baobinga playing from 11pm with !Kaboogie DJs. Tickets are €7 before midnight and €12 after. I have two pairs of tickets to giveaway so leave a comment below to be in with a shout for the tickets.

Machinedrum’s forthcoming debut album on Planet Mu Room (s) is released on July 25th and focuses on a 160bpm footwork template rather than the relatively laid back hip-hop of previous releases. Last week, the four-track Sacred Frequencies EP was released.

More info on the gig on the Facebook event.

Here’s the brilliant B-side to the ‘Alarma’ 12″ coming soon on Lucky Me.
YNY by machinedrum

Baobinga meanwhile, will release the collaborative album Joint Ventureswith other bass artists including as Ginz, Hyetal, Guido and xxxy on June 27th on Build Recordings.

Baobinga & Hyetal – Anything For Now – BUILD005 by baobinga

Guido & Baobinga – Ballin’ – BUILD006 by Build Recordings

Posted on June 13th, 2011

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Brooklyn-based electronic producer Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum (who is also one half of Sepalcure) is lining up his album release Rooms on Planet Mu but first, he’ll release the Sacred Frequency EP on 12″ and digital on June 6th. Machinedrum is little known but as deserving as some of his beat peers of recognition.

The four-track EP is a perfect introduction to his talent for making fast-paced tunes inspired by footwork and jungle which rhythmically leap and bounce out of the speakers. Feast your ears on the trippy and tribal-sounding ‘Listen 2 Me’ as an intro.

MacineDrum – Listen 2 Me

Dekalbeat (feat. Theophilus London) by machinedrum

Posted on April 27th, 2011


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