Flying Lotus ‘Pattern+Grid World’ bij LWE

greg lamarche

It’s hard to pinpoint precisely where and when the structure of hip-hop beats changed. J Dilla and Madlib’s contributions to this evolution are among the most celebrated and analyzed, but where did that off-kilter shuffling, tumbling rhythm so prevalent today come from? It’s hard to deny the influence that turntablists had on this music, as classic beat juggling routines sound remarkably similar to the beats coming out of Los Angeles these days. Constructing new patterns from old breaks resulted in some of the most organic and human feeling beats and pushed the boundaries of a stagnating genre. Charting this progression of rhythm requires going back further still, though. Certainly jazz has had an immense impact on this seeming disregard for “proper” rhythm, with unconventional time signatures (basically anything other than classic 4/4) and elastic shifts. So producers who grew up listening to their fathers’ jazz records as opposed to earlier funk and soul have a naturally different way of hearing rhythm than the previous wave of beatmakers. There’s no better intro for one of the most well regarded of the new vanguard of beatsmiths, Steven Ellison, the nephew of Alice Coltrane who is known across the global music scene as Flying Lotus. … lees verder en beluister bij Little White Earbuds


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