Intro by Danna Takako Hawley
Our EE x Sketchbook x Hit+Run launch at CAMP in February (with Shlohmo, Salva, Kutmah) was one of them nights. When the lights came on at the end, the crowd was still hungry and hollering for more, but security wasn’t having any of it. Shlohmo took his chances to play one final track anyway; a mad annoyed security guard switched the system off after a couple minutes.
Those brief minutes got the place in an all-out frenzy despite the length – or speed – of the record. Shlohmo’s set as a whole took in the slowed-out, thick sounds that you’d expect from the 22-year-old behind 2011’s “Bad Vibes” LP and February’s stunning “Vacation” 12″. But hearing his music on a proper soundsystem made his productions come into a different light. So warm, so throwed… it’s how I imagine it’d feel to sip on syrup in the haze of Los Angeles.
It was a sight to see a wild dancefloor stop in its tracks, transfixed through the pretty RnB drawls and ethereal textures of Shlohmo’s bass slow-jams. He even dropped a hint of his (then unknown) remix of Drake and The Wkend’s “Crew Love”, which came equipped with Shloh swaying and singing/rapping along as if the club had faded away and he was kicking it in his bedroom alone. That’s as real as it gets.
Just before, the dancefloor had been completely hyped during a set from Shlohmo’s European touring partner and labelmate, Salva. The duo rep LA’s Friends of Friends but they make sense as a team for more reasons than one: equally wild in their own way, Salva brings a whole different breed of intensity from an opposite direction. Check his “Yellobone” EP (which includes a Shlohmo remix) to get a taste of how unpredictable his production style is. One of few producers that surprises us more with each record. It’s no wonder that he’s often found touring with genre thieves/swag kings Nguzunguzu.
Last month, Earmilk started out their piece about Salva: “There isn’t really a better term than ‘badass’ for producer/DJ Salva” – we’re 100% with that. All of us at EE are longstanding fans of the boutique label and club night that Salva now runs from LA, Frite Nite. Salva also has close ties with our own fam B. Bravo, as both played a big part in the San Francisco scene for years. B. Bravs even makes a cameo on “Yellobone” with “Obsession”.