At the center of Los Angeles' bass music scene is the taste-making nightclub Low End Theory. The collectively-run outfit doesn't just throw massive dance nights dedicated to bottom-end tunes, though, they also run a monthly podcast made available for free download. Each new mix, released via their website, features one of Low End Theory's resident DJs--Nobody, D-Styles, Gaslamp Killer, and Daddy Kev--and a special guest. Low End's latest free DJ mix, up today, features eclectic selections from the aforementioned D-Styles and SF-via-LA resident Shlohmo.
Though Shlohmo, a.k.a. Henry Laufer, is a relative newcomer to the young bass music scene (we wrote up his debut Shlomoshun Deluxe when it was released last month), he's been grabbing attention for his out-of-sync beats and wobbly lo-fi aesthetic. His tracks offer a fresh take on a sound fellow So-Cal producers Nosaj Thing and Flying Lotus have been making for a while, Shlohmo's version shrouded in a buzzing haze.
Shlohmo's portion of the 45-minute Low End mix is brief, but it's full of interesting ideas. Amidst his system-blowing beats and strange little samples, he blends in unfamiliar, melodic elements from oldies singles, '80s radio funk, and fellow bass-obsessed producers. You won't hear much of "Drop it Like it's Hot" or "California Love" here, but Shlohmo's esoteric contribution provides a weird little counterpart to D-Styles' playlist, which featured Santigold and Dead Prez mixed amongst wonky pieces of jazz, soul, and dub reggae.