Posts Tagged ‘Flying Lotus’
Kutmah made The New Error once, and now he’s set to glitch things up once again.
There are a few more, but I ran out of breath, so you’ll just have to listen to the minimix below.
The New Error compilations come out in conjunction with Kutmah’s art project Two Soups & A Honeybun, a travelling collection of drawings Kutmah created while he was detained in a prison in the United States just before being deported.
Currently in the UK, Kutmah is prolific. There are two more volumes on The New Error coming this year.
Stay tuned for these magnificent mistakes.
When he’s rocking a party playing record after record, he’s DJ Centipede. When he’s creating compositions that fall in line (albeit a squiggly line) with his compatriots at Brainfeeder, call him Mophono.
The LA producer just dropped the title track from his forthcoming album Cut Form Crunch. This little ditty features guest production from Flying Lotus, who gives it some of his signature sounds from space.
This being the only sound we’ve heard from the upcoming full length, it’s hard to say if Mophono has adopted the current sound of LA instrumental hip hop or if he’ll adhere to the breakbeat centered, Blockhead-esque sounds of his earlier work, like his debut I Cry.
Whatever, either way it will be awesome. Hear “Cut Form Crunch” below.
“Cut Form Crunch”
New stuff to feed your brain.
Austin Peralta is young enough to make you feel old. The 21-year old keys player released his first two albums in his teen years, and jazz was the language. Today he finds himself in the company of Flying Lotus and the Brainfeeder crew.
Peralta’s new record Endless Planets drops tomorrow on Brainfeeder, and his prodigious keyboard style has grown from jazz into the abstraction-soaked, ambient, and unpredictable styles of his label-mates and contemporaries.
We recently heard Peralta as part of the Brainfeeder takeover of Benji B’s show on BBC Radio 1, and the kid dropped a set that easily matched the quality of other participants like TOKiMONSTA and the Gaslamp Killer. We’re expecting a lot from his record, and no doubt those expectations will be met.
In interesting trivia on this kid, he’s the son of old school Zephyr team skater Stacy Peralta. Not that it has anything to do with is music.
Hear “Epilogue: Renaissance Bubbles,” the final track off of Endless Planets.
Epilogue: Renaissance Bubbles”
Free at last!
Santa Ana, California’s Chris Alfaro just wants to Free The Robots, and his forthcoming album Ctrl Alt Delete is the soundtrack to what will happen when our android brethren are cut loose. Free The Robots makes a sound in the vein of other instrumental hip hop coming out of LA these days. He’s performed with the likes of Daedelus and Nosaj Thing.
In his music, you can hear the same freedom that Flying Lotus produces with. It’s glitchy, then it’s rock, then it’s heavy, then it’s hip hop. His beats don’t have the same Dilla-pioneered choppiness inherent in hip hop production of today, yet he stays abstract with weird voice samples and thick stews of synth sound.
Free The Robots is gearing up for a tour that will take him through Europe and back. Paris, Berlin, Zurich, and Luxembourg will all get a dose of mechanical liberation. The album is due out at the end of March, when Alfaro will personally upload Skynet and end the world.
Ctrl Alt Delete Promo Mix
It’s a takeover!
A couple of weeks back, the BBC Radio 1 host Benji B took a well deserved vacation, perhaps not realizing that his studio would be taken over by a pack of Angeleans with a penchant for ambient textures and bass music. LA’s Brainfeeder crew, led by Flying Lotus, ran Benji’s show for a day, and the result was two hours of pure nastiness.
Matthew David, Teebs, Austin Peralta, Gaslamp Killer, TOKiMONSTA, and Samiyam, each took a little chunk of the show to play a miniset, with FlyLo playing the part of host in addition to a set. The squad had gathered at FlyLo’s home in LA, making mellow and echoed out conversation in between each session of music.
The crew keeps talking about the rainy weather in LA that day, a vibe that seems to set their voices and their beats a little slower and a little mellower as they make lot’s of noise in what I’m guessing is FlyLo’s living room, unless he’s got some kind of specially built chamber of sound in his house.
If you’re sitting at work and need a soundtrack to your day that will take the edge off, press play on this and don’t skip around. Just let it sooth you. It’ll work!
Brainfeeder Takes Over for Benji B on BBC Radio 1
2010 was a hell of a year for Kutmah.
This past summer, the Scottish-Egyptian producer was forcibly taken from his home in LA, detained, then deported to the UK for not having his citizen papers in order. Though it was a dark time for the man himself, his friends turned out to be the silver lining, and he’s got some pretty interesting friends…who happen to be some of LA’s finest producers.
They organized a Free Kutmah benefit show headlined by none other than the godfather of weird instrumental hip hop, Daedelus. Teebs, Samiyam, Gaslamp Killer, Dam-Funk and a few others joined him in an effort to bring Kutmah back to his rightful home. It totally didn’t work. Kutmah remains living and working in the UK.
But it’s not all bad! Kutmah used his time in detention well, creating a series of drawings called Two Soups and a Honeybun, perhaps referring to his daily meal allowance while being held. These are now up for exhibition now in London. In conjunction with this show, he also dropped the first mix of a three part series called The New Error, a blend packed with beats by MF DOOM, Madlib, J-Dilla, Flying Lotus, Portishead, Mr. Oizo, and a whole bunch more.
That…is some freaking list. Apparently a sudden and rude change of scenery is not enough to stifle his taste for music or his creative process. Instead, it seems to have fueled it.
Check out The New Error Vol. 1 sampler below, and to our London readers, check out this art show at Protein.
The New Error Vol. 1 sampler
The golden age of hip hop that lasted until the 90s is filled with gems that never saw much light.
Masters of the Universe are one such crew, their discovery today hindered by a Binary Star album of the same name (though that album is pretty nasty as well). The group Masters of the Universe are no longer together, but one of their members has continued working. The updated style of Gonjasufi has some of the same traits, but the beats have gone from beat+sample to noisy, scratchy instrumentals, and in place of on-the-beat vocals are his singing, sounding like something between Jimi Hendrix and ODB. Maybe a little Wesley Willis too.
As part of the branching out they’ve undertaken in recent years, Warp Records picked up Gonjasufi and he released his first full length on the imprint in 2010. Though it’s named for himself and producer Gaslamp Killer, A Sufi and a Killer also features production from Mainframe, and Warp phenomenon Flying Lotus. Six months later, Gonjasufi came back with yet another full length entitled The Caliph’s Tea Party. Sounds like the Sufi side of him keeps coming through.
With two albums out in his first year, there’s no telling how much heat Gonjasufi will drop in 2011. His new affiliates are the hottest producers in the new, intelligent, instrumental side of west coast hip hop, and he seems to have a bottomless pit of lyrics to feed his crackling vocal style.
“Ancestors” by Gonjasufi