Track: Machinedrum – ‘Star (feat. Mono/Poly & Tanerelle, Shelley FKA DRAM Remix)’: tweaked and tucked with sultry results

Machinedrum, photographed by Bethany Vargas

WITH his latest album, A View Of U, for home of all things glorious and wonky and beat-driven, Ninja Tune, being lauded across the wide sphere of electronic music, North Carolinan Travis Stewart has dropped a big, smooth bomb of a remix of “Star”, the second track, featuring the vocal honey of Tanerélle and Mono/Poly and now reversioned for your delectation by Shelley FKA DRAM. Go bathe in that below.

Shelley just tweaks and tends, tweaks and tends, keeping the melody flowin’ from the album version, but pushes out the boat with verdant strings and his own rich vocal stylingsensitively reworking the instrumental, Shelley maintains the melodious thump of the original but ups the sultry factor with the addition of strings and his rich, resonant vocals. Result? Sultry.

Singer-songwriter and producer Shelley FKA DRAM is based in Hampton, Virginia, an is probably best known for his 2016 smash with Lil’ Yachty, “Broccoli”. He’s also collaborated with Erykah Badu, Chance the Rapper and Gorillaz.

Released last October, A View of U is Machinedrum’s ninth solo album and features Freddie Gibbs, Sub Focus, Chrome Sparks, Tigran Hamasyan, Jesse Boykins III and Rochelle Jordan.

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