This young California-based producer, who is either 19 or 20 years old depending when you read this, has churned out three EPs in less time than it takes most artists to craft a single EP or album. In other words, Shlohmo has been putting in hours to develop his sound while making sure we’re all witnesses to his growth. And grow he has, especially with his last project Shlohmoshun Deluxe, an expanded version of the previously released EP with four slick remixes tacked on.
Shlohmo’s warbled grooves follow in the wonky (I know, that term sucks) footsteps of established artists such as Flying Lotus and Burial. But, thankfully for his listeners, Shlohmo isn’t just a carbon-copy of his influences. Instead, he builds upon that foundation to craft his own blend of dubstep and hip-hop while integrating elements of psychedelia (“Tomato Squeeze”) and chiptune (“Dead Pixel”). He even breaks into slightly ambient territory, such as on the first minute of “Spoons” before it spirals into a hazy dubstep swirl.
Transitions like those inject variety into a genre that can so easily be confined. Another example of this occurs on “Post Atmosphere”, a track that bounces with what sounds like a warbled accordion over crunchy drums. Actually, that song’s title could apply to the kind of music Shlohmo creates. It’s post-atmospheric dub-hop, if we want to get pretentious. Or, for those of us without our pinky’s out, he crafts tracks meant to enjoy while gazing at the sky above. It’s space-out music with a pulse and a heart – a killer combination if there ever was one.
Even though the original collection of tracks is more than worth the price, the deluxe packaging includes four killer remixes to extend the EP to 12 tracks in length. These are no throwaways remixes, either. Already hot cuts like “Hot Boxing The Cockpit”, which offers speaker-destroying bass, and “7am” are reassembled by Tokimonsta and devonwho, respectively. While the complete Shlomoshun Deluxe is a fresh package full of chunky minimalist hip-hop, there remains a missing link. And that void will hopefully (likely) be filled when Shlohmo drops his proper full-length debut.