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Can we talk about Steven Ellison for a moment? Just take a few minutes out of this lovely Sunday afternoon to recognize what the man stands for and what he represents in the 2012 music landscape. This little piece probably won’t include anything that hasn’t been said, but it’s so worth reiterating it, especially this week. As Flying Lotus, Steven Ellison has produced some of the most divergent, thought provoking and challenging electronic music of the past 20 or so years. Since his arrival, Mr. Ellison has essentially put Los Angeles’ instrumental hip hop movement, known by most as the “beat scene”, on his back, pushing it into international waters. Despite being the figurehead of this movement, touring incessantly and heading a hugely successful label, he is still the very best at what he does. Furthermore, he seems to genuinely enjoy making music, meeting fans and performing. If you’ve ever seen a Flying Lotus set, you know what I’m talking about. That ear-to-ear smile is just impossible not to replicate. That’s why it isn’t even remotely surprising that Ellison devised and followed through on the Captain Murphy project. Ok, his above-average rapping ability is a little surprising, but the fact that he would release a free album featuring a menagerie of the best MC’s and producers in hip hop shouldn’t be. So before getting to the rest of this week’s sounds, can we all take a moment to thank Steven Ellison? He deserves that much from us.

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Little Dragon make some of the most unabatedly bright pop music around. I can attest that they bring down the fucking house in a live setting, leaving no rumps unshaken. Shlohmo doesn’t fuck with unabatedly sunny. Shlohmo fucks with pitched down vocals, sharp drum hits and intransigently dark synths. At least in his remixes. There’s a pretty clear trend in the Los Angeles native’s retwerk work (see here and here and here) towards dark, harsh and minimal, which at a certain point might get a little oppressive and boring, but I’m with it until then. There’s a reason people keep coming back to these tunes, right? Anyways, the downloads have run out, but you can stream below and use your own facilities to search out a download link.

“Ghosts Pt. 2” was the first Shlohmo song I ever listened to and marked the beginning of my fanboy-like adoration for the man some know as Henry Laufer. It’s been a treat to witness him grow as an artist and explore new territories with every release, but it all started with the twinkling piano of “Ghosts Pt. 2” off of 2009’s Shlo-Fi EP. Apparently, Groundislava remixed the track and has been rinsing it in his live sets as of late with great success. So much success that a groundswell of requests brought him to let the bootleg loose on the public. Following Groundislava’s recent inclinations towards house music, the delicate keys of the original fuses with a funky bassline and the result is really just sublime. Songs like this are the reason why I love writing about music so much. Both Shlohmo and Groundislava have soundtracked some of the best and worst moments of my adult life and for that, I thank them. A download would be great, but in the meantime, just keep the Soundcloud window open and vibe to it.

Traphouse still tippin’

Let’s be honest here, as much as we’ve raved about all the other “Fuck U All The Time” remixes, we’ve really just been waiting for the Mr. Henry Laufer to take a stab at Jeremih’s libertine anthem. The latest Shlohmix might be his best since “Crew Love” and sees pitched down Jeremih harmonizing with whoever that girl is, as well as regular Jeremih, an effect that seriously ups the sex factor. Nothing innovative here, but Laufer has really perfected that codeine-ified trap sound. As of now, the download link is disabled so you’ll have to find the remix using your own facilities for now. Stream below.

Yesterday, I wrote that the new TNGHT/Four Tet mix is “the pitch perfect melding of promethazine and ecstasy culture”. If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m prone to making sweeping statements. As hard (in the paint) as HudMo and Lunice went on Radio One, Shlohmo might have just one upped them in the narcotic combination department. Coming in at just under an hour, Mr. Laufer’s contribution to Resident Advisor’s longstanding podcast series is an exhibition in convolution. In the vein of Boston Bun’s Leanhouse mixtapes, Laufer “takes his previously stated love for chopped n screwed music, tilts back the heads of hip-hop, house, juke and R&B, and throws gallons of purple drank down their collective throats.” Kind of like Brodinski before him, Shlohmo’s mix is a compilation of his own screwed edits of house, juke, R&B and hip hop cuts. The mix is at its most successful when it exists on both ends of the tempo spectrum, exhibiting both raucous juke and lethargic R&B edits simultaneously. Head over to RA to download the mix and check the tracklist after the jump.

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What to say about this one… it’s a mashup of an edit of an edit; in other words, Ryan Hemsworth has done it again. This time, he took Nicolas Jaar‘s remix of Shlohmo‘s staple track “Rained The Whole Time,” and threw in a little (just kidding, it’s a lot) of R. Kelly’sNumber One.” Not all that surprisingly, coming from musical masterminds like these, the combination is quite effective.

Stream and download the track below.

There is not another collective out there whose artists complement each other as well as We Did It. Whether it’s Shlohmo remixing Salva, D33J remixing Shlohmo, or in this case, RL Grime remixing Shlohmo, the chemistry between the artists is highly visible. Airhead and D33J have already taken a crack at “The Way U Do,” but this is easily my favorite take. The repetitive synth stabs give the track a nice entrancing feel as it weave in and out of heavy distortion. Even better, the track is up for free download. Look out for RL Grime’s Grapes EP on 4/20.

In the aftermath of music conferences/festivals like South By Southwest or Miami Music Week, there is always an influx of collaborations, both between artists that have worked extensively together prior and others who have never met. Collaborations between Friends of Friends artists are almost always fruitful and Shlohmo’s remix of Tomas Barfod’s “Broken Glass” is no different. Barfod is a recent FoF signee and the drummer for indie rock band WhoMadeWho. Barfod is also Danish and brings some international flair to the FoF roster. “Broken Glass” is a marauding track, accentuated with vocoder’d vocals, that slowly builds, until, marked by crashing glass, a disco bassline breaks through and the track transforms and last 1:15 are dance floor bliss.

Stream/Download: Tomas Barfod – “Broken Glass”

Shlohmo, as he usually does, takes a different route on the remix, abandoning the earthy sounds that have defined his past few releases and pitching down the vocals to create a brooding atmosphere without slowing down the BPM. Shlohmo’s drums crack and sizzle over the original to create a more complex, although not necessarily superior effort. Whichever version you enjoy better, it’s great to see artists like this work together and hopefully we’ll see more material from the two in the near future. Barfod’s FoF debut, Salton Sea (love the title!), will be released in May. Stream the Shlohmo version at the Boiler Room.

Photo by Bryce Pinkos

The Shlohmo remixes just keep coming. Earlier, Pitchfork debuted Chilean-American minimal artist Nicolas Jaar’s remix of “Rained The Whole Time” off of the Vacation EP. Removing Shlohmo’s sense of organized clutter from the track, Jaar manages to maintain the underwater feel of the track. The latin sounding guitar is still there, while the addition of stuttering drums transforms the track into a more dance-floor oriented house affair. Jaar, who is also a Comparative Lit student at Brown University, released one of last year’s most widely acclaimed minimal projects in his Space Is Only Noise album, and is poised for another big year in 2012. Unfortunately, “Rained The Whole Time” is only up for stream at the moment, but you can buy the entire Vacation 12″ at FriendsOfFriends, which also includes remixes from Groundislava, Salva and Teebs.

Shlohmo’s Vacation EP just keeps giving and giving. The three track is a great EP from start to finish and gives listeners a more-dancable take on Bad Vibes. Along with the originals, a 12″ including a couple incredible contemporary electronic artists will be released on February 14. Last week, we were blessed with a remix of “wen uuu” from Salva, and today, we get a remix of the same track from Brainfeeder representative Teebs. I am aching to whip out my headphones in class and bump this, but I’ll just have to wait. Give some feedback on which remix you like better in the comments. The 12″ will also include remixes from Nicolas Jaar, Airhead and Groundislava. Stream/download below.