INCHES003: New Wax from FlyLo, Triorganico, Adam Payne and Dublab (+ MP3s, chart)
In the unpredictable wake of music's digital rebirth, vinyl has experienced a modest boom in popularity, seen by many (with delicious irony) as a replacement for the awkward middleman that is the compact disc. INCHES seeks not only to review the output of L.A.'s healthy vinyl community (artists and labels, indie or otherwise), but to pay dap to those who continue to tend the flame, believing that good music deserves much more than a handful of ones and zeros.
Last time, INCHES featured another installment of "Local Revolutions" (exclusively L.A. acts on L.A. imprints). This week marks the debut of the column's standard format: reviews of hot-off-the-lathe SoCal vinyl with a few bonuses to boot. Ideas? Email us.
A year on from the release of his stunning second album, Los Angeles, Flying Lotus is still at the center of a small galaxy abuzz. L.A. EP 3 X 3 is the final entry in a trio of very limited extended-players whose function was essentially (and quite welcomely) extending the life of their long-playing forerunner. This seven-track installment (two new pieces, five remixes/remakes) is the most ambient piece of the puzzle yet, proving that as things get hotter, FlyLo just affects a deeper chill.
Side A features 3 X 3's lone aggressor -- a menacing version of "Infinitum" courtesy of Swistzerland's Dimlite -- followed by matthewdavid's reinvention of "Comet Course" as a beatless field recording, and FlyLo's own "Endless White," a cosmic piece which couldn't be better named. Side B includes solid remixes from Take and Breakage, as well as another gravity-less original, but nothing compares to closer "Auntie's Harp," which finds daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra harpist Rebekah Raff recreating "Auntie's Lock" from scratch using organic acoustics. Sleep not: 1 X 3 and 2 X 3 are long gone.
Purchase (if you're lucky) via Warpmart.
It reddens the cheeks to learn that a band like Triorganico exists right here, under our noses, churning out near-perfect bossa nova from a nondescript Los Angeles garage with little to no fanfare. To be fair, the trio hasn't sought out the kind of attention that it deserves, and surely will receive with Convivencia making the rounds. According to Now-Again, these three only decided to record an album as an afterthought, which is hard to believe upon hearing one of their original numbers like "Correndo," an acoustic guitar-heavy piece that manages to stay breezy despite its dark underpinnings.
Elsewhere, the group plays tribute to some Brasilian greats (Baden Powell, Hermeto Pascoal, Moacir Santos), demonstrates an extreme proficiency for flute-work, and, on Side D, composes a series of "Cositas" (little things) -- small abstract pieces and song snippets that could easily provide fodder for future albums from Now-Again's big-brother label, Stones Throw. With an airiness one has to hear to believe and an ear for tasteful jazz experimentalism, Triorganico have made the double-LP to soundtrack a dozen summers.
Purchase via Stones Throw.