I'd bet money that 2013 is Shlohmo's breakout year. The world sounds ready for his plaintive post-R&B freakouts, which is convenient, because he's releasing a new EP of them on March 5th, called Laid Out. “Later” is our first glimpse of the collection. It feels like the electronics are leading the human elements, mining raw digital beauty from the abandon of singing in the shower. Those wild, distorted howls are a risk: how badly do we need another song with an ironic appreciation of R&B? But swelling, benevolent synths and crackling trap beats done really, really right undercut that argument, caressing each element with emotional craftsmanship . As in his own music and that of his influencers, there actually feels like there's something at stake.
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