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Brain­feeder X

In the decade that Fly­ing Lo­tus’s Brain­feeder la­bel has been op­er­a­tional, it’s be­come a hub for the wild and ob­scure, the ex­per­i­men­tal and the weird, for any type of beat mu­sic that de­fies cat­e­go­riza­tion and clas­si­fi­ca­tion. For its tenth an­niver­sary, Brain­feeder has re­leased a 36-track com­pi­la­tion cel­e­brat­ing the la­bel’s past, present and fu­ture con­tri­bu­tions, while fea­tur­ing 22 new tracks from its ros­ter. If you’re a fan of Fly­ing Lo­tus and his ex­tended fam­ily, Brain­feeder X is an early hol­i­day gift.

In ten years, the la­bel has amassed some of the big­gest names in L. A.’s un­der­ground scene and be­yond, and it’s easy to see just how cu­rated its ros­ter is when pre­sented in a long­form com­pi­la­tion. If you’re fa­mil­iar with the la­bel’s cat­a­logue, you’ll know a lot of the work is si­t­u­ated around lo-fi, jazz-in­fused, ex­per­i­men­tal elec­tronic with pock­ets of fre­netic, un­re­strained re­leases like Iglooghost and DJ Paypal (both fea­tured here). This com­pi­la­tion de­liv­ers on all fronts, drop­ping in the melan­cholic with Toki­mon­sta and Miguel Bap­tista Bene­dict, the glitchy down­tempo of La­palux, the funk in­fu­sions of Thun­der­cat and Ge­or­gia Anne Muldrow, the ex­per­i­men­tal house of Mr. Oizo and Ross From Friends, and of course new cuts from Fly­ing Lo­tus him­self. Though we’re still wait­ing on a new al­bum, Brain­feeder X does of­fer up “Ain’t No Com­ing Back” fea­tur­ing Bus­driver, in­stantly rec­og­niz­able as the open­ing num­ber in FlyLo’s first fea­ture-length film, Kuso. Do your­self a favour and pick this up im­me­di­ately. (Brain­feeder)

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