Although it’s by far one of my favorite albums lately, I hadn’t written anything about Frite Nite’s label head Salva and his Complex Housing album. But now that Mike Gao’s new LP is out, I think I can try and merge these two into one post.
The beat scene is still very fresh, but it’s no longer so young, it’s borders have basically been set, and it’s time to start messing with them. It hit me when listening to both these talented Californians who in their debut albums are pushing the scene’s limits into the funky outer space. Call it future boogie, or give it any other new made up name, either way I truly enjoy what they’re doing. Finding it really hard to put these guys’ sound into a box - Dirty synths and fat basslines, somewhat wonky beats, a vocalist here and there and more than a dash of experimentalism make these two albums sound different from each other and more diverse with each track, yet somehow maintaining a very specific feel. Guess I need to move to Cali to get the full picture.
Anyways - more proof of the common ground these two producers share comes with them both collaborating with Zackey Force Funk and his distinct vocals. Check it:
BTW - Sun Shadows’ album cover was done by yet another LA Beatmaker, Teebs. Just so you know.