Shlohmo, a.k.a. 25-year-old L.A. native Henry Laufer, has shown major progression as a producer in only a few short years. While he came onto the scene with a dark variation on pop and R&B, notable in his work with Jeremih and Banks, Shlohmo’s sound is now more singular and atmospheric than ever before.
You can hear this shift in tone with his newest track “Buried”, a creeping, slow-forming buildup of abstract electronic production and percussion. The instrumental comes from his forthcoming album Dark Red, and Laufer had a lot to say about it:
“When I started working on Dark Red about two and a half years ago, I had just moved back to LA and built a small studio in my apartment, mostly with my dad’s old gear from the 80s. I had just lost some people close to me and was dealing with another loved one’s health issues. I was all over the place mentally, and I think it reflects in this record whether I like it or not.
The only thing I did know going into it, was that I wanted this one to be loud, and not just loud but really really fucking loud. I wanted the sound of the thing to be devastating and violent… You don’t have to like it, just listen to it.”
Dark Red will be released April 7th, 2015 on True Panther/WeDidIt, with pre-orders available on iTunes, Amazon and True Panther. Fans will also be able to see Shlohmo’s first ever fully live tour throughout the Spring in North America, with all dates and tickets available on his site.