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Daedelus, Tokimonsta, Shlohmo Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., April 9, 9 p.m. 2011

When California's so-called post-hip-hop scene began to coalesce, it seemed likely to produce little more than slight variations on the sound Flying Lotus perfected on his mind-bending 2008 breakthrough, Los Angeles—psychedelic samples arranged with a sensibility on loan from avant-garde jazz, tangling with beats that circle (but never lock into) the standard boom-bap. Had that been the case, I probably wouldn't have minded—as Radiohead's The King of Limbs proves, there's still a lot of mileage left in FlyLo's formula. But the brightest names in the game have moved on to other things. Take DAEDELUS: aided by an array of guest vocalists, from neosoul crooner Bilal to chillwaver Baths, the beat maker steers toward electro-pop on the forthcoming Bespoke (Ninja Tune), with relatively club-friendly rhythms and a stronger sense of melody. The track titles refer obliquely to high-end menswear, and the songs themselves—tasteful and clean-lined—suit that conceit just fine.

Post-hip-hop has long flirted with ambient music; SHLOHMO makes the relationship official with his recent Places EP (Friends of Friends). He lets his airy, dreamlike compositions drift wherever they please, which frequently seems to be right to the edge of unraveling completely into hypnotic washes of sound. With its amorphous structures and gentle sonic palette—plump bass synths, reverb-soaked bells, bird calls—Places should have no trouble finding an audience of bliss-seeking stoners.

—Miles Raymer

Price: $8, 17+

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