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Machinedrum and Holly may be known best in the electronic scene for their hard-hitting beats, but over the last several years, they've introduced longtime fans to a different, softer side. With Machinedrum releasing his 2020 A View of U and Holly sharing his 2022 and 2023 Minha Vida album series, they're continuing to solidify their respective catalogs as expansive bodies of work. Now, the two producers joined forces for a collaborative three-track EP, Novaform/Blueshift.
"Blueshift," the project's second song, is how daydreams sound. Starting with flute-like synths that float on top of distant vocals, Machinedrum and Holly guide listeners to the galvanizing percussion. For a moment, their aggressive elements come into play as they bring in pounding basslines for a few beats before moving back to more airy melodies. Gentle piano chords mark the song's final moments, giving us a chance to wake up before the next track hits.
Novaform/Blueshift is out now, but all three songs will be part of a larger EP, 天の川 , which will include three new songs and is set to arrive on August 31. Listen to "Blueshift" below.