music monday: shlohmo

shlohmo
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it’s not at all a secret that i’ve been on a major shlohmo kick the past, you know, four months. approximately. it all started with that sexed up jeremih remix. it snowballed with that unreleased little dragon edit. then i discovered his rework of burial’s shell of light – i genuinely haven’t been the same since. then, after a bit of digging, i found his when saints go machine edit, which, of course, was just beyond.

the los angeles based producer/remixer/dj has been a longstanding favourite in the downtempo dub world, with his lo-fi, often unabashedly sensual productions, mixes and reworks garnering him a cult following among a huge array of music lovers – all thanks to the fact that he doesn’t entirely stick to remixing just one genre. drake, aaliyah, boards of canada, lianne la havas, flume, kelis, little dragon, burial, toro y moi and a slew of other names have gotten the shlohmo treatment.

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henry laufer grew up listening to producers like dj shadow, amon tobin, m83 and flying lotus – it’s clear where his dubby, abstract, hip-hop sound gets its influence – and has been making his own music since the young age of 14. this lol boys remix is a recent discovery, even though it’s a release from last summer, and has been on repeat the past couple days for me. that “things won’t change until we do” loop is working on so many levels: shlohmo has this very keen sense of how to take the best bits of a track and turn them into something much more emotive, deep, and resonating.

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