Mike Slott's newest album Lucky 9teen, released off the tight knit LuckyMe label collective, is indicative of the ongoing evolution of the off-kilter hip hop sound originally pioneered by J Dilla and later made electronic by Flying Lotus. Slott's sudden, unexpected deviation from the hip hop-centric origins of the sound is part of what makes his newest work so fascinating. Though originally a devotee of the Dilla and DJ Premier school of purist hip hop production, Slott has been gradually incorporating more eclecticism into his mixes. Compared to his earlier hip hop production work as half of Heralds of Change with Hudson Mohawke, the new album Lucky 9teen has evolved past the head-knock rhythmics and structured, gratifying beats characteristic of the Brainfeeder/LuckyMe sound. Scene architects like Flying Lotus and Mary Anne Hobbs have called the album "lush," beautiful," and "deeply innovative." While the album is certainly a step beyond the constraining labels of hip hop production, it still contains more than enough hooks and rhythms to keep the listener engaged. It would be disingenuous to claim that Slott has totally evolved past the trappings of hip hop production; what he's really done is incorporated an unprecedented amount of feeling and pathos into his digital compositions. In that sense, Lucky 9teen isn't a new take on hip hop; rather, it's the creation of Digital Soul.
Though this track was left off the album, it's still indicative of the show you can expect from Mike Slott at the RBMA 2010 celebration this friday!
RBMA 2010 SEND-OFF
The next edition of the Red Bull Music Academy will touch down this year in London, England. Sixty artists from around the world will come together to share ideas with each other and industry vets, work on music, and perform in the best venues in town. Of the 60 artists selected, 4 are Canadian and 3 are from Montreal. Catch them live in their hometown for their send-off celebration.
The artists include the headliners:
Hudson Mohawke (Warp):
There is no musician working today who is able to dart between the sample-heavy nature of hip hop production and the glitch-ridden breakdown of digital cacophony with the sheer sense of joy and artistry that Hudson Mohawke works into his tracks. A founding member of Glasgow’s LuckyMe collective, Hudson Mohawke recently released his debut album Butter on the iconic Warp Records. Some say he is picking up where label mate Flying Lotus left off; as the leading light of eccentrically melodic leftfield hip hop. The rest are just thrilled to see where he goes from here; live and on record, Hudson Mohawke is one of the most promising and dynamic producers out.
Mike Slott (LuckyMe)
Once known primarily for his work in the duo Heralds of Change with Hudson Mohawke, Slott’s solo releases, including a remix for Flying Lotus and his new micro-album Lucky 9teen on LuckyMe, have established his diverse, innovative take on everything from free jazz to classical hip hop. His Flying Lotus “RobertaFlack” remix tells the whole story. Slott takes the track’s esoteric melodies and makes them pristine centerpieces, chopping the beats to a delirious glitch abstraction, all while shrouding his creation with a shifting ambience of digital haze that evokes a sense of rhythmic warmth rarely heard in electronic music.
And the RBMA inductees:
The power of DJ/producer Poirier’s bass will blast through any flimsy attempt to classify his music. While the purists struggle to label his sound as dancehall, soca, or electro, Poirier just takes what needs from all three and unleashes the result in a raw dance floor frenzy. Poirier’s tracks are sparse landscapes of Caribbean drums made superhuman with pulsating, pitch-shifting, and infectious bass and synth patterns. His style evolves and tears through new genres constantly, leaving a trail of packed, chaotic dance floors in its wake.
Lunice is Montreal’s proudest young son of the moment. A member of the LuckyMe Collective, Lunice has been blasting his progressive bass street-hop and rocking some legendary shows in Montreal lately, like the Pop Montreal Red Bull Megahurtz and even a spot opening for Flying Lotus at Club Lambi this past summer. Following a serious of remix collections and an EP with Al Ripken Jr, Lunice will most definitely be popping up on everyone’s radar after he’s through with the Red Bull Music Academy. Expect big, big things, people.
Toronto’s Amenta is an intriguing case. It’s easy to spot in her music influences ranging from jazz to soul, to R&B, to hip hop, to new wave, to modern electronic experimentalism, and on and on. Lucky for the listener, Amenta tends to blend all her composing elements into sleek yet soulful compositions with outstanding pop sensibilities. Add in a hugely dynamic stage presence and it becomes all too clear why Amenta is heading to the Red Bull Music Academy and beyond.
Ango (Noyes Records)
Ango unleashes nothing less than raw sonic digital fury onto the dancefloor. A treasured Montreal native, Ango has been blowing apart speakers at the infamous Turbo Crunk nights as well as his own Too Low Booty Throw Monthly parties. Catch him live before he blows up at the Red Bull Music Academy!
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