Shlohmo – Shlomoshun Deluxe
After meeting him while interning at the creative music community and internet radio station dublab (www.dublab.com), the Friends of Friends label was lucky enough to come across Shlohmo’s “Shlomoshun EP” free online a few months back. Immediately hitting up the 19 year old LA native, the label approached him to combine new and old tracks with an assortment of remixes(wouldn’t be FoF w/out friends!) to create Shlomoshun Deluxe for digital release. With an arsenal of unique sound textures, intriguing found sounds and big bass beats, this young one is ready.
Shlohmo, aka Henry Laufer brings a keen ear to the music he makes, using mostly found sound, fragile old gear and a laptop. In Shlohmo’s own words: “The album was made suuuper lo-fi, most recordings were done through the audio-in port on my laptop, field recordings with the laptop mic or my ipod mic/recorder. a lot of synth sounds came from my roland sh201 and my dad’s old roland jupiter 6, plugged straight into my laptop. all the noise was run from the headphone port out to these monitors that i’ve had since i was 14. the tweeters are all pushed in and there’s absolutely no audible low end, so i have to physically touch the woofer to feel the vibrations from the bass and master it that way haha.”
With beat and soundscape arrangements that leave the listener hypnotized, the songs breath life from the organic and electronic worlds colliding. Fan favorites “Hot Boxing The Cockpit” and “Antigravity” place him right amongst neu-bass contemporaries like Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, Ras G and others in the Low End Theory-fueled Los Angeles beat scene while a track like “7am” oozes Dilla-esque swagger; all the while remaining effortlessly cinematic. To really bring home the “Friends of Friends” theme on this release, Shlohmo has invited Low Limit (of Lazer Sword), Fulgenace (Musique Large), Tokimonsta (Brainfeeder) and devonwho (Klipmode) to handle remix duties, acting as a brief showcase for Shlohmo and some of his people.