Shlohmo, the project of Los Angeles' hip-hop producer Henry Laufer,
a member of the collective WeDidIt with chilltrap pioneer Henry "RL Grime" Steinway,
debuted with the instrumental album Shlomoshun Deluxe (Friends Of Friends, 2010), that experimented with the same disorienting aesthetic employed by
for hip-hop music and by
Far from being danceable tracks, these electronic creatures are irregularly
shaped, in constant movement, noisy and fairly ugly.
The simplest recall the spirit of
Brian Eno's futuristic vignettes (7am and Post Atmosphere).
The most complicated are
randomly assembled musique concrete (Teeth).
Tomato Squeeze sounds like a documentary of alien life.
Hot Boxing The Cockpit blends a videogame, Mozart and a pack of chirping rodents.
Spoons sounds like a dying robot singing a melancholy elegy.
Dead Pixel is sheer horror, the sound of decomposing flesh and a ghostly choir.
The album ends with the hypnotic melodic phrases of
Antigravity in a bubbling primordial soundscape.
The wonky EPs Camping (2010), later included in
Shlomoshun Redux, and Places (2011) were
followed by the album
Bad Vibes (Friends of Friends, 2011), a collection of
digital pop ballads warped by psychedelic ecstasy and then drenched in existential spleen,
and by the EPs
Vacation (2012) and
Laid Out (2013).
Dark Red (2015)
The End (2019)
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