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M Machine brings euphoric electro, dubstep to U St. Music Hall

The M Machine, one of the core groups on Skrillex’s OWSLA record label, performed a show with openers DJ Massacat and DJ Bortz on Jan. 23 at U St. Music Hall.

Both opening DJs were DMV natives. Germantown, Md. native Michelle Massacre, aka DJ Massacat, spun a floor-shaking, bass-heavy hybrid of electronic music and rap while DJ Bortz mixed both wobbling, funky electro jams with full-frontal dubstep.

Almost immediately after Bortz, San Francisco’s M Machine came onstage, opening with their “Moon Song,” off of the group’s last original EP “Metropolis, Pt. 2.” A jolt of high-powered electro filled the room, specifically the collective’s remix of Dog Blood’s “Middle Finger.”

After a bass-heavy foray into dubstep the group tackled “Promise Me a Rose Garden” from their first EP “Metropolis, Pt. 1.” a thumping electro cut with synths that sounds like they could have been picked up from a video game.

The group’s most recent track “Superflat” kept the energy high. A combination of sharp-sounding synths and a tad of East Asian percussion combined to create a truly memorable, great sound. Right after, the Machine played their undeniably awesome remix to Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.”

This group is one for any fan of electronic music. Don’t pass up the chance to see The M Machine in an intimate setting before they become an even mightier force in EDM.

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