Shlohmo - Places EP (2011)

Nothing is sacred anymore. Everybody makes beats. Everyone's become a copycat and nobody tries to be different, it all just sounds the same now. Beat production used to involve tons of creativity and above all, a love for the craft. Nowadays, all you gotta do is sample an 8-bit loop from some Nintendo game, jack some drum sounds off a Dilla record, add that tape-hiss, loop it for a bit and then you've got a track!

Those who began in front of the game, tend to stay in the front. Shlohmo (Henry Laufer) who is only 20 years old, is finally sending us word of his debut LP! This is the EP of that LP but damn it's good! It's beat music, yes, but it's also a reinvention of the style. When you start getting copycats, you reinvent yourself. Flying Lotus did it with Cosmogramma, Bibio did it with Mind Bokeh and now, Shlohmo does it with Places EP.

"Forgot I Was Here" is a person favorite: "lumbering marimba and feedback-saturated chords" create a lush soundscape of beautiful sounds and tones. Did I mention that he recorded everything himself too? No samples.

Places EP made it to #2 on the iTunes charts so in celebration, Shlohmo posted a chopped & screwed remix of the title track. Nice.

3 Responses so far.

  1. ribs says:

    Very nice! Thanks

  2. ill! says:

    saw this dude at Low End Theory a while back, his style is definitely evolving.

  3. Baby says:

    wow! This is excellent. That jazzy hip hop you guys have been posting lately is so fresh.

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