Bobby Browser Mix For The Astral Plane

bobby browser artIt’s not everyday that you get an electronic music producer who learned to improvise, using a wide range of hardware, before they learned to make songs using software, but that’s exactly what Oakland-resident Bobby Browser did. Born Andre Ferreira, Browser tells of an influential trip to Europe that stoked his interest in dance music and, later, participation in a rotating quartet of hardware obsessives called Party Effects. It wasn’t until 2010 or 2011 though that Browser started recording his own tracks and subsequently linked up with Los Angeles-based imprint (and Not Not Fun sister label) 100% Silk to release the (functionally titled) Just Browsing EP, a four track collection of patient, fulfilling house tunes. Later, Ferreira would release the Still Browsing EP (also on 100% Silk), continuing his exploration of funk-oriented basslines, whispering synth work and delectable restraint. For his Astral Plane guest mix, Ferreira has taken us back to his improvisational days, crafting nearly an hour of free-wheeling beats on a Teenage Instruments OP-1. At times, the mix veers towards meandering beat-less sections, broken only by an acid squelch or a crunchy lo-fi kick drum. At its best, the mix offers an idiosyncratic blend of left-field beat-work and a rare opportunity to peer into the mind of one the most promising West Coast producers. Stream/download below and hit the jump for a list of Browser’s upcoming tour dates!

nov 16, Private Selection, LA
nov 19, Los Globos, LA
nov 23, Minneapolis, MN
nov 29, Milwakee, WI
nov 30, Madison, WI
dec 3rd, danny’s, Chicago, IL
dec 5th, gramaphone, Chicago IL
dec 6/7, TBA, Detroit MI

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