Shlohmo

It was 2011 when ‘Bad Vibes’ introduced us to the intriguing grayscale world of L.A. based producer Shlohmo (aka Wedidit founder Henry Laufer). And what we got back then was a rewarding slice of percussive, downtempo electronica, which fell somewhere between the shadowy genius of Burial and the minimalist glitches of Gold Panda.

‘Dark Red’ isn’t a huge leap forward, but it sees the rough edges of his debut smoothed out in favour of a more confident, refined and superior album, Laufer drawing on elements of drum and bass (’Slow Descent’) flourishes of ambiance (‘Remains’) and dense hip-hop beats (‘Emerge From The Smoke’) to craft an opulent eclectic tapestry.

Shlohmo isn’t leaping for the mainstream, but he is trading-in some of the more abrasive, omnipresent static that coated his last album. What remains is an intense leftfield shimmer, similar to his previous work, but with a deeper sense of clarity. It allows us to once again peer into Shlohmo’s deftly constructed, mesmeric gloom, while greater appreciating the subtleties.

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