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Machine Elf

by lespecial

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lespecial draws upon a wealth of influences in their trip-hop and drum ’n’ bass infused track “Machine Elf.” The blueprint of the song was inspired by the full-bodied distorted 808 kick drums that the hip-hop artists like Ghostemane inject in their music. The band used a sample that their colleague Space Jesus sent them (that he obtained from Yheti), added distortion in Ableton and dropped it into one of their samplers. The group was intrigued by the idea of recording electronic synths and samplers to tape in an analog setting at Color Red Studios and working with Eddie Roberts as a producer. They also enlisted their friend Chuck Morris of Lotus to join them on percussion. Lespecial cites the track “Ultrasonic Sound” by Hive as an influence on the heavy outro of the song, a track from the 90s that features some Bad Brains guitar samples (you may recognize it from the Matrix Soundtrack). The textures and the build are reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails and Portishead while the lyrics tackle modern-day conundrums of smartphones and ego death.


released January 7, 2020
Produced by Eddie Roberts

Luke Bemand- Bass, Synth, Percussion, Vocals
Jonathan Grusauskas- Guitar, Synth, Sampler, Percussion, Vocals
Rory Dolan- Drums, Sampler, Percussion, Vocals
Chuck Morris - Percussion

Music and lyrics written by lespecial

Tracking Engineer - Eddie Roberts
Color Red Studios

Mixing Engineer - Eddie Roberts
Color Red Studios

Mastering Engineer - Doug Krebs
Doug Krebs Mastering


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lespecial Millerton, New York

lespecial is redefining the term “power trio”. The three multi-instrumentalists from Connecticut continue to command attention from music critics and fans alike through their national tours highlighted by fierce musicianship, creative showmanship and an engaging live show that leaves audiences exhilarated and hungry for more. ... more


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