Introducing The Gaslamp Killer Experience

Already famous for his wonderful work with fellow Los Angeles natives including the extended Brainfeeder family, Stones Throw Records, or Low End Theory, photographer Theo Jemison produces this video about Gaslamp Killer. Starting with an interview clip with the parents, the video centers a live performance at LA’s Mayan Theatre with a line-up including the likes of Dexter Story, Kamasi Washington, Amir Yaghmai and the Killer himself.

Gaslamp Killer – Break Stuff Unveiling

Gaslamp Killer - Break Stuff

It’s been a while since I last came across a mixtape from Gaslamp Killer, but coinciding the release of his Serato picture disc, the LA-based discjockey and producer put down a mix for Dublab radio.

The Gaslamp Killer is an explosive force within our universe. He is constantly forming chaotic dynamics into physical manifestation through the medium of music. In this special dublab session, GLK unveils the newest crystallization of his creative pursuits, Break Stuff, a Serato Pressing Picture Disc featuring exclusive material from the mind of this matter smasher.

Also available for download from the Dublab website.

The Gaslamp Killer & Dimlite – Seven Years Of Bad Luck For Fun

Dimlite at Worldwide Awards 2012 © Mr. Mass

Taken from that new Gaslamp Killer single we mentioned here before, check out the b-side featuring our favourite Swiss producer Dimlite.

The nice folks of Now-Again are giving away the track for free, so grab it while you can! The track will also be on the forthcoming GLK album Breakthrough, which will hopefully see a release on vinyl as well.

One O’clock interviews Gaslamp Killer

Nice video interview with The Gaslamp Killer, I especially liked the part when he talk about meeting Flying Lotus for the first time at an MF Doom show in LA.

He also talks about how he got the name Gaslamp Killer (you might’ve heard this before) and his love for hip hop music.

2010: One Last Look

We’re already halfway through the first month of 2011, so you probably don’t want to hear about my favourites of 2010 – and I usually don’t either. Still there are two reasons for this post. First, the previous year had an amazing output of great new music. And secondly, I took it kinda slow last year, writing not many reviews or other special features. So let me take one last look at 2010.

Before we start, I want to point out I don’t list these in any particular order, but I created these categories.

I. The Unquestionables

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Four Tet – There Is Love In You (Domino)
The year started with the release of Four Tet‘s fifth solo album There Is Love In You, in my opinion his best to date. That is probably because it both works on headphones and the dancefloor. Accompanied by remixes from Joy Orbison, Floating Points, Mosca, Caribou and Jon Hopkins, it should have been hard to miss the album. The overall quality made it clear instantly: this would remain a top spot by the end of the year.

Actress - Splazsh

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Actress – Splazsh (Honest Jon’s)
Alright, if I had to pick just one favourite I’d have to go for the second album by Werk Disc founder Darren J. Cunninham, better known as Actress. Released in May, Splaszh leaves me with all kinds of weird feelings. It’s sinister and depressing at times, and it puts me in a state of hunger or sleeplessness. I can’t really figure it out , but I keep listening to it over and over again.

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Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma (Warp)
There is a whole generation now inspired by the music of Flying Lotus and 2010 saw quite some good attempts to stay in his vicinity. But with Cosmogramma Steve Ellison not only raised the bar, he changed the entire game. He could’ve continued just making beat instrumentals or work with any MC he likes. Instead he chose to make his music broader and richer on all sides. It’s maybe not as easy to get into, but once you’re there you know it was worth it.

II. The Unexpected

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Gonjasufi – A Sufi and A Killer (Warp)
One might argue that sampling a bunch of old records and having a guy sing over them can hardly make a good record these days, I give you that point! Still, Gonjasufi’s debut on Warp has been on rotation for months. It kinda came out of nowhere and it’s the first Gaslamp Killer production that really got me. A great choice of samples and fitting vocals are the simplest ingredients imaginable, but they work terribly well.

Lone - Emerald Fantasy Tracks

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Lone – Emerald Fantasy Tracks (Magic Wire)
Already the fourth album by Matt Cutler, but the first to be released on his own Magic Wire label. It’s a rather mellow dance album with strong links to late 80s/early 90s house music. However, the overall sound benefits from modern production techniques, so you won’t end up with a set of bleeding ears. Instead you will use the repeat function.

Teebs - Ardour

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Teebs – Ardour (Brainfeeder)
The debut album by Los Angeles based Teebs had a perfect timing, for me anyway. At the time I was making my own experiences with the wonders of Northern winter. The bells, harps and other wonderful twinkles on the album seemed to be the perfect soundtrack while walking through snowed in European cities. Probably my favourite Brainfeeder release to date.

III. The Underrated

Ital Tek - Midnight Colour

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Ital Tek – Midnight Colour (Planet Mu)
There were probably a handful of albums that hit into a similar vein as Ital Tek‘s second album Midnight Colour. Ultimately, it was its melodic nature that made the difference to other strong records in the field – say Scuba’s Triangulation or F’s Energy Distortion. The album was also accompanied by a fine set of remixes by Ikonika and FaltyDL.

Sotu the Traveller - Left

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Sotu the Traveller – Left (self-released)
Probably the most overlooked record of the year, partly due to the bad timing (summer holidays) and for being self-released. To me it was a great relieve to hear the record, as I was suffering from an overdose of dark gritty beat albums. Along came Sotu the Traveller to deliver a super smooth record, stroking your ears at every minute. You can buy Left for a fair price at Sotu’s Bandcamp, where you’ll also find remixes by Daisuke Tanabe, Dynooo and Portformat.

Of course now that I got started, I could go on an mention the albums by Ikonika, Caribou or Shackleton’s Fabric 55. But then I’m quite happy with my selection and I already told you I take it kinda slow these days.

Gaslamp Killer – Death Gate

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We gave you a free track before and you have probably seen the one, two teaser videos. This week, the new Gaslamp Killer EP is finally available as digital release and there will also be a limited release on vinyl.

I have to admit, I wasn’t too impressed by GLK’s previous productions, but I do love the album he produced for Gonjasufi. This new EP, however, is his first solo-project I’d like to recommend.01. Fun Over 100
02. When I’m In Awe (feat. Gonjasufi)
03. Carpool Dummy (feat. Mophono)
04. Shattering Inner Journeys (feat. Computer Jay)
05. Monsterfromtheunderground

The official release-date for this is tomorrow, but Boomkat already has the digital release for sale. You can pre-order a physical copy at Rush Hour and keep in mind there are only 1,000 pieces available.

The Gaslamp Killer – When I’m In Awe

The Gaslamp Killer - Death Gate

Fans of the Gonjasufi album A Sufi And A Killer should look out for the new EP from Gaslamp Killer, who already produced most of Gonja’s debut. Below you can listen to one of the tracks off the Death Gate EP with vocals by Gonjasufi.

The release will drop on October 12, 2001 on Flying Lotus‘ Brainfeeder label. If you like the track, here’s the download link.

(via Pitchfork)

Mixtape Monday #16

Bristol’s Peverelist, owner of Rooted Records and the man behind the Punch Drunk label, deliveres an exclusive mix for Resident Advisor’s podcast series.

With Splazsh, Werk Discs founder Actress came up with on of the most adventurous albums of the year. Only recently he visited Gilles Peterson to talk about the album, his influences, the usual stuff. Get the podcast!

The duo Mount Kimbie has been among the performers at this year’s 10 Days Off festival. Their live performance is available for download, sets from other performers can be found here.

Coco Bryce recorded a new mix for Pipedown and The Gaslamp Killer played on East Village Radio (stream).

Taken from Mary Anne Hobb’s radioshow, Dam-Funk offers his The Future of Modern Funk for free download.

Rinse FM had Floating Points and Kyle Hall on the same show the other week. Fortunately, you can download (direct link!) that and listen again – don’t let filename fool you!

And lastly, two mixes I only learned about recently: the Colours Amsterdam mix by Beat Dimensions honcho Cinnaman and Analogiques Volume 2 by Fulgeance (click for the first one!)

Steady Machine with The Gaslamp Killer

Los Angeles based The Steady Machine Show on Reserve Radio debuts with a brilliant guestmix from The Motherfucking Gaslamp Killer.

The Steady Machine Show Vol. 1: The Gaslamp Killer

Over 33 minutes he plays a selection of psyched out rock and unheard soundtracks, bringing together the beats and the obscure. Listen here.

(via Reserve)

Interview with Gonjasufi & The Gaslamp Killer

Dazed Digital sat down with Gonjasufi and The Gaslamp Killer, the artist and the producer of A Sufi And A Killer.

If you haven’t yet, don’t miss the chance to listen to the album – it’s not only the biggest surprise this year, but also one of the pieces of music!

Weekly Bits 11/2010

With the RBMA in London being over, the academy’s daily newspaper is now available for the public. You can download all 24 issues as PDF files.

Also from the RBMA website are these two videos from the Brainfeeder Sessions, they capture moments from Gaslamp Killer‘s DJ set and Dorian Concept‘s live-show. For the latter I also got a download link for you.

From SpineTV comes a documentary about London’s Eglo label, the home to Floating Points, Fatima and Funkineven. You might also want to check out the brand new Soul Glo music video.

I was about to post you snippets of Erykah Badu’s upcoming album, but they have been removed in the meantime. You can still win a print of the album’s artwork or download the leaked track Strawberry Incense.

Another anticipated album is finally in stores: F’s Energy Distortion is available on CD and digital. Vinyl lovers have to get it split over three EPs.

There are also a couple of mixtapes you might want to check out. FACT Magazine’s latest podcast was put together by Bristol dubstep producer Peverelist. Berlin’s Robot Koch did a mix for Electronic Beats Radio and Demus of 2 Banks of 4 is featured on the latest OFFtrack radio-show.

Scion A/V interviews The Gaslamp Killer

Scion A/V, who you might best known from their Blu Jemz compilation or their podcast series, have recently interviewed The Gaslamp Killer. He talks about where he comes from, how he got his name and what music influenced him.

Also have a look at the Scion channel on YouTube, you might be interested in interviews with Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh, Bullion, Kode9 & Spaceape, The Juan Maclean or Martyn.

RBMA presents Brainfeeder London


Still no flyer in sight, but at least an official announcement from fabric. To kick-off their quarterly events in partnership with the Red Bull Music Academy, they present the second Brainfeeder London event taking place on March 10, 2010.

“The Brainfeeder London show will be some essential shit for anyone who’s into the future sound. We’re blessed to be throwing the party at fabric of all places. It’s easy to say it will be a night that people will talk about for a very long time.” – Flying Lotus

“The line up for this Brainfeeder event at fabric is unbelievable; every artist is bringing something different. I don’t think we will see a roster like this ever again.” – Nosaj Thing

You might want to hold your breath before taking a look at the full line-up. The Brainfeeder family sends in Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer, Daedelus, Nosaj Thing and Tokimonsta. Without a doubt that’s reason enough to make it there, but you have only seen the first half of the list. The line-up is being completed by Hyperdub founder Kode9, Stones Throw’s J.Rocc, Dimlite, Martyn and Dorian Concept.

Tickets are now on sale for only £12.50. If you don’t want to miss the party of the year, I suggest you get your’s today.

Feb 18, 2010 The fabric website no longer lists Dorian Concept on the line-up

Feb 25, 2010 Added the flyer for the event

Flying Lotus in London

Found these two videos courtesy of Inspired Flight. They sat together with Flying Lotus for an interview, talking about the stories behind his music, playing by the rules, his cousin Ravi and the connection to his listeners.

Here’s another one, recorded at the Flying Lotus live show at London’s Cargo last year, with support from Gaslamp Killer.

Let me also mention the Black Fist Mixtape from Flying Lotus, which was posted on RBMA Radio today.

Mixtape Monday #3

Other websites have their Follow Friday, here you get a Mixtape Monday every now and then. That’s basically a selection of mixtapes I posted on Twitter before, sometimes more than that.

Let’s start the third edition with a triplet from Bugz in the Attic. Their all new remix collection Got the Bug 2 will be out through BBE on October 5, in the meantime you can listen to the promo mix. Another new mix is their Carnival Spesh podcast for Vulive together with Simbad. And the latest podcast offering from Daz-I-Kue is also available, it goes by the name of Vinyl Love Unplugged Vol. 1.

Low End Theory offers a new podcast mixed by Gaslamp Killer and Mary Anne Hobbs. If you need more of this sound, I recommend downloading TOKiMONSTA’s mix for Musique Large.

I mentioned 2562’s new album just yesterday, today FACT Magazine delivers a new mix by the man. A journey from house and techno towards more dubby territory.

London-based producer Mr. Beatnick was featured on Mary Anne Hobbs’ Experimental some weeks back. That guestmix is now available for download on his SoundCloud page.

Versatile Records‘ I:Cube played at Sunday Best back in July, in case you didn’t grab his set already do it now!

The last mix comes from Ubeat‘s Onur Engin, who also runs Monotape Radio. For over 45 minutes he blends a selection of Turkish jazz music, you can listen to it here (download will follow is here).