The M Machine
The M Machine
The crowd gets pumped during MiMOSA
Living in San Francisco has a lot of perks. However, this weekend proved to be one of the better moments of the summer. Outside Lands Music Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year for Bay Area locals. Yet, it was this year’s after parties that had people a-buzzing.
After two days of music and fog, it was time to make my way over to the MiMosa after-party at The Independent. Still riding the musical high, I was ready for a little dirty dub.
Upon entering the Indy, I was greeted with the sweet electro sounds of Bay Area natives The M Machine. Having just released their album “Metropolis”, the band have continued to reveal themselves across some of electronic music’s biggest stages. After summer gigs at EDC, Electric Zoo, and Global Dance Festival and opening slots for Empire of the Sun, Mike Snow, and Pretty Lights, The M Machine have have proven their worth.
The band’s sound is a mixture of contemporary bass music with synths and tempos derived from old-school arcade racing games, but they also have elements that can be traced back further, to classic concept albums like Pink Floyd’s The Wall. However, it was their rendition of several Radiohead classics that had the audience in full swing.
As soon as “Kid A” dropped, the place was going insane. I couldn’t help but ask myself “is this really going on right now?” But the night was young, and MiMosa had yet to deliver what would be one hell of a performance.
As soon as The M Machine came off, I need to take a breather. By this point, I’d been dancing for about 12 hours and was feeling like a tweeked-out rag doll. Just as I was about to battle my way through the crowd and head to VIP, I was jolted by one of the dirtiest beats. The time had come… MiMosa had started.
The next 45 minutes would prove to be one of the highlights of my weekend. MiMosa gave it everything. The set turned out to be much more intiment then the one he played at Outside Lands. If anything, the show was an orgy for my senses. The bass was earth-shaking, the lights were seizure-inducing (awesome), and the music never stopped.
Regardless, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t matter if you are on the wagon or off. There is something about his blend of electronica and dubstep that will just blow your mind when you see it live. Un. Fucking. Real.
All photos & review are by James Pawlish.