– by Dylan Smith
This week we hit up Eprom, Slumberjack, and Flying Lotus.
So, to begin: Eprom…
Imagine yourself inside a first generation Gameboy while Pokémon Blue is playing. Next, imagine that the game glitches out on you, however you remain as a consciousness within the virtual realm. All that surrounds you is black when suddenly a level 7 Mew appears out of the void emitting a concentrated shade of ultraviolet light. Also, instead of attacking you it shoots ultra low-spectrum waves of sub-bass in every direction, making you shudder even though you don’t have a physical body. THAT is Eprom. Eprom crafts a gutturally distorted soundscape, often moulded with distinct and sparse percussion, cultivating a beat that dares not to be head-banged to. In order to get a better idea of Eprom’s unique style, check out the film-clip for ‘Centre of the Sun’, the first track off his 2013 album ‘Half Life’.
Next we whip around to some of our home-town talent, Slumberjack, who are hitting it hard as always with their recent mix for Red Bull studios.
The duo are well renown down-under for their eclectically percussive style which, it seems, isn’t a preference limited to their own creations. With their mix including tracks from Luude, Mura Masa, Aywy. & EphRem, you’ll hear what I mean. Also making the cut, the similarly home-brewed cup of Joe; Knife Party, having already taken the world by storm with their banger ‘Bonfire’ making it onto the OST of Breaking Bad. And finally, a wild bootleg of Elliphant’s ‘Revolusion’ produced by Slumberjack appears, giving something new for the SlumberLover’s to look forward to.
Now as we wind down from this week’s discoveries, let us take sanctum in the experimental realms of Flying Lotus.
I’d often heard the name before, however prior to the past week I had somehow managed to bypass all of Flying Lotus’ work. So I’ve started with his 2012 studio album ‘Until the Quiet Comes’. From what I’ve heard so far, and from all of the symbolism apparent in both the accompanying artwork and track names/lyrics, I would definitely prescribe a listen.
Each segment of the album has a seemingly ephemeral quality, promoting a conceivably Taoist rhythm of thought; that each of the pieces are not separate from one another but rather are unified as different manifestations of a larger, undefinable whole. If you are in any way spiritual or want to promote some self-growth, I recommend you have a fat mediation and listen to this whole album through while doing so.
Photo Credit: Eprom Facebook Page