Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder to Reissue Mr. Oizo's Moustache (Half A Scissor)
If you were alive and able to recognize simple shapes and colors in 1999, you heard “Flat Beat.” Doesn’t matter if you don’t recognize the title, or the name of Mr. Oizo, the French producer who created it’s shrill, sparse patch that carries the melody and that unforgettable shifty, oscillating bassline… womp…womp…womp..womp.womp.womwomwomwomwomp. If you’re wearing a pair of Levi’s right now, maybe that bassline worked.
“Flat Beat” was a track from Oizo’s 1999 release Analog Worms Attack, on which he stayed true to the hardware set up he had accumulated until that time. Following this debut, the bearded Frenchman spent five years tossing it all for a set up with more screens. The result was 2005’s Moustache (Half A Scissor), a record that impressed the few ears in the world listening for its disjointed crunchiness. That group didn’t include the label that released it, nor did it include the club-lovers who had fallen under the spell of “Flat Beat.” One guy it did catch, however, now goes by the name of Flying Lotus.
When you hear Moustache (Half A Scissor), from its brief experiments to its crazed digital drum patterns, it becomes clear which part of his sound Flying Lotus derived from this work of Oizo’s. As a show of respect for this overlooked record, Flying Lotus is reissuing Moustache (Half A Scissor) on vinyl on his Brainfeeder imprint this month. That’s the label that releases some of our favorites like Tokimonsta, Daedelus, and Flying Lotus himself. If you still buy records, good on you friend. Buy this one.
Check out Flying Lotus’ remix of Mr. Oizo’s “Stunt”
Promotional video for reissue of Moustache (Half A Scissor)
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