Los Angeles' laptop quartet Glitch Mob, formed in 2006 by
Edit (Edward Ma), who had already released the solo album
Crying Over Pros for No Reason (Planet Mu, 2004) and was already
working on Certified Air Raid Material (Alpha Pup, 2007),
Boreta (Justin Boreta), Kraddy (Matthew Kratz) and Ooah (Josh Mayer), began performing music after the introduction of
JazzMutant's customizable Lemur (that used Open Sound Control instead of MIDI),
the first multi-touch device, even predating the iPhone, a device that allowed
ten fingers to input signals onto a touch-screen.
The Lemur and traditional controllers (such as MIDI controllers) allowed them to
control synthesizers, mixing consoles, etc.
Drink the Sea (2010), released after Kraddy had left the band, contains
the funky and jazzy single Drive It Like You Stole It
that made them famous, followed by the single Warrior Concerto.
The songs recycle stereotypes of melodic prog-rock of the 1970s, especially the
more futuristic albums by
Parson Sound and
concocting a menacing mixture of funk, jazz and pop over hip-hop beats.
influenced by Skrillex's bass-heavy dubstep.
The martial and gothic Animus Vox sets the mood.
The booming beats begin with Bad Wings, that slowly builds up a grandiose atmosphere with floating vocals and synth-pop melody.
How to Be Eaten by a Woman bridges soul-rock jam and pounding heavy-metal glory.
A Dream Within a Dream is emblematic of how they can match a simple,
poppy melody with creative drumming and thundering bass lines. Chopped-up vocals intone an eerie litany. The ethereal female vocals return in
Between Two Points.
Rapid-fire bass lines create the tension from which the bouncy refrain of
We Swarm explodes.
Love Death Immortality (2014), in a radically different style, and
See Without Eyes (2018) were vastly inferior.
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