Though he hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, producer Samiyam (real name Sam Baker) has deep roots in the L.A. beat scene, starting with a chance meeting with Flying Lotus back in the early 2000s. He’s also been pretty vocal about his love for the Roland SP-404, another sampler that has gone down in the history books as an instrument in-and-of-itself. But the MPC has played a mighty role in Samiyam’s off-kilter beats as well. Look no further than Animals Have Feelings, released on Stones Throw in 2016, to find both samplers playing vital roles across the 46 minutes and 23 tracks. Trippy and playful one minute, then stoic and stoned the next, this type of sonic flexing is a clear result of man and machine, at one in the universe, if only for a moment.