The Gaslamp Killer, Breakthrough

Sharon O'Connell

By Sharon O'Connell

on 12.03.12 in Reviews

Part of Flying Lotus’s cultish Brainfeeder posse, William Benjamin Bensussen’s debut arrives wreathed in smoke and minus any kind of compass to navigate a way through its quasi-mystical miasma of bass music, psychedelic rock, sampledelia and space funk. Guests including Daedelus, Dimlite and Gonjasufi contribute to its moody panoramas, which are spliced with disorienting jump-cuts and spattered with vocal samples. DJ Shadow is an obvious influence, but live guitar and yiali tambur parts from Amir Yaghmai (of LA duo Jogger) on the emotional “Nissim” see the producer tapping his Turkish heritage to counterpoint the crate-digging cool.