This Saturday evening at 7, Old Cabell is going to get real weird.
The guy’s name is Henry Laufer and he makes beats. He dropped out of college to make an album armed with only “a Macbook” and “a couple of blunts.” He released the album, Bad Vibes, under the name Shlohmo. Everybody loved it. Why they loved it, however, is difficult to explain.
Bad Vibes came out during a time where numerous electronic Hip-Hop producers were following along in the footsteps of LA-beat scene pioneer Flying Lotus, trying to ride his massive wake for a little personal gain, but despite the fact that the album fits nicely into this categorization, it was also fundamentally different, and stood out from the crowd at the time.
While others made weird must for it’s own sake, Shlohmo relied on unusual instrumentation, field recordings and obsolete equipment to make weird sounds that made you feel things that you can’t get across using the tool set you are allowed to use if you want to fit in. Bad Vibes, I think, resonates with people because they have never heard something quite like it, and because of this, if you have never, or only briefly, heard Shlohmo, I highly recommend that you spend the $5 to go see him this Saturday.
Yes, it is going to be weird. This weirdness is only compounded by the fact that the show is seated, that is taking place in the very ceremonial Old Cabell Hall, and the fact that Shlohmo may drop “Throw Some D’s” by Rich Boy (See Shlohmo’s Boiler Room set if you want to see what I mean). The below track is a personal favorite of mine. It is weird. And it makes me feel. It makes me feel a lot of things.
Go see the show.