Tag Archives: Teebs

Album of the Day: Teebs, “Anicca”

Producer Teebs—born Mtendere Mandowa—has been both a cult figure in the L.A. beat scene since his 2010 Brainfeeder debut, Ardour. Two albums followed—2011’s Collections and 2014’s E S T A R A—but he’s remained relatively quiet since. His new album, Anicca, marks an end to that period of dormancy, and arrives propelled by a formidable roster of collaborators: Sudan Archives, Panda Bear, Anna Wise, Pink Siifu, and more. 

Continue reading

How Brainfeeder Leads The Charge For Esoteric Funk, Hip-Hop, Pop, & Jazz

Brainfeeder

“Brainfeeder,” the opening track on Flying Lotus’s 2008 album, Los Angeles, pulses with a sense of anticipation. Its flutters of static and sci-fi synths seem to telegraph the idea that something new—something weird, mutant, and markedly different from the hip-hop aesthetic of Lotus’s debut, 1983—awaits within. As the album unfolds, Lotus makes good on that promise, delivering a record so groundbreaking that it warped the fabric of electronic music in lasting ways, pushing the subset of instrumental hip-hop known as the beat scene to inventive new vistas.

Continue reading

Brainfeeder Has Come to Bandcamp

Kamasi

In 2008, experimental producer Flying Lotus launched his Brainfeeder label as a means to release sonically challenging music coming from the Los Angeles beat scene. This was two years after Lotus released his impressive debut album, 1983, which introduced the world to his own blend of jazz-inspired hip-hop and electronica. “As a kid I always thought about starting a label,” Lotus told The Fader in 2015. “I was always interested in the business side and I thought it could be a plan B if things didn’t work out.”

Continue reading

Daedelus’s New Album Was Inspired By Young Thug, Anaïs Nin, and The Percolator

Daedalus

Daedalus. Photo by Gari Askew.

Alfred Darlington has made 17 albums since 1998, and has performed with some of music’s most talented electronic producers—Flying Lotus, DJ Rashad, and Teebs, among others. Darlington—who makes music under the name Daedelus—was an essential part of the Los Angeles beat scene that emerged from the Low End Theory club around 2006, where hip-hop heads fused blunted beats with varied electronic styles.

Still, despite his prodigious output, Darlington says he hits creative roadblocks. “It doesn’t feel like I’m just sitting at a typewriter waiting for the words to come out,” he says, describing how tough it can be to create a new album. “I only try to write music when it calls to me. And oftentimes I find it such a gyre that I feel pretty embarrassed about it.”

Darlington turned 39 on Halloween, three days after the release of his latest album, Labyrinths, which blends the diverse array of electronic genres he’s played the past 20 years as a DJ and producer. He spoke with us at length about the album’s songs, and the people and art that influenced them.

Continue reading