The world of lo-fi and electronic trap is being mixed and mastered well by young Los Angeles homeboy Shlohmo. It all started when Shlohmo put out a rework of the highly popular Drake record Crew Love. His mellow dramatic trap mix caught the attention of Drake and The Weeknd who both supported and shared it. Under his family umbrella of Friends of Friends Records, Shlohmo started his own collective with good friend and innovative electronist Groundislava, called WEDIDIT Collective. Shlohmo had a big year last year and kicks off 2013 bigger than ever with a brand new EP and tour.
The Laid Out EP has just released worldwide and it is equal to or greater than his previous release Vacation EP. A consistant smooth vibe flows throughout the whole project. To start Tom Krell aka How To Dress Well features his live vocals on the opening track Don't Say No. I find this is the weakest track on the EP, put on only for collaboration purposes. On Out Of Hand Shlohmo gets back to his progressive transitions and epic builds. The way he filters his samples makes him most unique and in my top 5 artists to listen to out of Los Angeles right now. The last 30 seconds are broken down with a beautiful trumpet fading out. Later was the first song to be released via Soundcloud at the beginning of the year and is my personal favorite. The song builds and builds until a distorted vocal sample blasts through and begins harmonizing. First listening to this EP, you might feel like the songs and sounds are repetative, but in fact they couldn't be more different. Shlohmo does an excellent job of blend the Laid Out EP together, having you in a trance by the end. Put It could be one of the best crafted songs this young artist has ever made. But lets not get ahead of ourselves,
Shlohmo is young, wild and reckless and has a long career ahead of him. Laid Out EP closes as it opened. Stuck in a trance, but by the end of Without, it is not possible to bob your head with amazement. Shlohmo will be performing live in Los Angeles next month at the Echoplex. See him for yourself and make the executive decision.