Shlohmo (Friends of Friends, Error Broadcast, Wedidit)


With a production finesse and beats that belie their creator’s age, twenty year-old Shlohmo aka Henry Laufner stands on the bright side of the shifty music movement, producing multi-strata avant-hop whose undeniable thunk shuffles somewhere between abstract instrumentalism, psychedelic synth funk and hip-hop based IDM.

Pushing forward the evolution of electronica, this bedroom producer and college student uses dirty textures, mutated samples and found sounds to create collage-like music that echoes of hip hop and is cooked to perfection- never raw, and never overdone. Smashing through a surreal downtempo ambience with aggressive bass, Shlohmo’s glitchy, bottom-heavy tracks are pulpy with obscure sounds and beats that slouch easily on the left side of the field.

Shlohmo’s music is inspired by the laid-back yet high-energy ethos of his native Los Angeles, a city whose streets and sun have animated an entire musical community around such spaced-out, intelligent beats. However his sound stands out as being brighter and breezier than that of his compatriots, with an agility owing perhaps to the freshness of youth.

Organically off-kilter and eccentrically flavored, Shlohmo’s productions have been championed by Dublab, Mary Anne Hobbs of BBC Radio 1 and Daddy Kev, who booked the artist to headline at the world-renowned club night Low End Theory. Shlohmo also heads up WeDidIt, a creative collective of artists and friends that the producer established while still in high school.