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The M Machine streams new EP, makes EW a 'Beats and Babes' playlist

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The M Machine

The M Machine, out of San Francisco and manned by Ben “Swardy” Swardlick, Eric Luttrell and Andy Coenen, has become famous for brooding, conceptual EPs. (Metropolis was inspired by Fritz Lang’s sci-fi, expressionist film of the same name and tells of the city’s dystopian existence.) Just Like, released Nov. 11 on OWSLA, while still a trip, is a bit of a switch-up. Still creative, still experimental, but less highfalutin—it’s a jump into deep house with an ’80s twinge.

To celebrate the release, we had the guys make us a playlist, which they themed “Beats and Babes: Amazing producers/songwriters working with our favorite lady voices.”

Stream the Just Like EP below and scroll on for their playlist.

SBTRKT – Wildfire (feat. Little Dragon)
“Little Dragon pretty much inspired this playlist. Yukimi collaborates like a boss. Gorillaz turned us on to her, she turned us on to SBTRKT, and the world goes round.”

Disclosure – “White Noise” (feat. AlunaGeorge)

“Before there was ‘Latch,’ there was ‘White Noise’—one of those songs that fit into everyone’s DJ set for a good while. Could listen to Aluna say the word ‘automatic’ (uh-oh-ma-it) all day.”

Chrome Sparks – “All There Is” (feat. Steffaloo)

“Chrome Sparks plus dreeeeamy Steffaloo. These two wrote beautiful music together for his EP, My <3."

Miami Horror – “I Look To You” (feat. Kimbra)

“Got hooked on Kimbra’s maximal voice and production after Vows. But this song is especially good because it feels so laid back compared to her big, almost theatrical wheelhouse.”

Feist – “My Moom My Man” (Grizzly Bear Remix)

“Not technically a collaboration, this one’s here to celebrate discipline. Love that Grizzly Bear let Feist remain the star of this remix. That said, try not to smile at 4:23.”

Siriusmo – “Goldene Kugel” (feat. Dana)

“Really don’t know much about Dana, and although not credited on this one, that’s unmistakably her. Siriusmo (who we often refer to as the most underappreciated producer ever) has written a lot of our very favorite music with this German vocalist.”

Gorillaz – “To Binge” (feat. Little Dragon)

“Can anyone really claim to feature the way Damon Albarn features? Working with Little Dragon, he actively divided our attention from Plastic Beach (an all time favorite). Doubt he’d be bummed.”

Bonobo – “Walk In The Sky” (feat. Bajka)

“Nobody sounds like Bajka. This is a combo to see live. Do they still do that? Hope so…”

The Submarines – “1940” (Amplive Remix)

“One more remix—Blake Hazard from the Submarines has this killer vibrato. Amplive speeds up her vocal and stumbles into one of the coolest throwback-y vocal sounds ever. Don’t sleep on the original!”

David Byrne & St. Vincent – “Who”

“This one feels a little out of place… but it’s just a damn good song. Byrne rides these almost sour harmonies—St. Vincent slides in and saves the day. Love the contrast.”