When: Fri., Dec. 28, 10 p.m. 2012
Henry “Shlohmo” Laufer has the heart of a rap producer and the mind of an avant-garde electronic composer. Luckily rap beats can be compatible with nearly any sound you throw at them (field recordings of mechanical clicks, for instance, or samples manipulated past the point of recognition), and Laufer understands that even the most far-out combinations still need to bump, even if it’s in an abstract kind of way. A founding member of the LA-based Wedidit collective (made up of like-minded hip-hop experimentalists such as Groundislava and Jonwayne) and a frequent performer at long-running and highly influential club night Low End Theory, Laufer has released an album and a couple of EPs, including this year’s Vacation (Friends of Friends), that verge on the ambient, but the unauthorized remixes he posts online offer more immediate gratification. His treatment of Jeremih’s “Fuck U All the Time,” which has grown into an underground hit among forward-looking DJs and R&B fans, amplifies the original’s syrupy nocturnal future-sex vibe while amping up the low end and making it more suitable for dancing—or at least for appreciative head nodding from the stoners in the corner. —Miles Raymer Sepalcure and the Abstract Science DJs open.