Bad Vibes - FRIENDS OF FRIENDS
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Bernardo Rondeau on August 17, 2011
Unlike fellow Angeleno beat dudes Matthewdavid and Flying Lotus, sloughing through warped cassingle gunk and Silly String webs of compacted funk, Shlohmo’s productions are wonky without ever being washed out. The 14 tracks that make up the 21-year-old’s debut confidently segue from delicate, shuffling reveries, smeared rhythms contrasting with laptop tingle and menthol coos into full-blown drone-outs. Gently strumming crispy chords or plucking glassy notes from his guitar, Shlohmo (like England’s Mount Kimbie) finds fleeting moments of intimacy amid the bustle of urban life.