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Editors’ Notes

The Gaslamp Killer — producer and DJ William Benjamin Bensussen — reportedly got his moniker by wreaking sonic havoc in the Gaslamp Quarter, a downtown district in Bensussen’s hometown of San Diego. Bensussen definitely operates outside of the box. You could call what he does instrumental hiphop—he’s worked with Flying Lotus and Prefuse 73, among others—but post-hiphop might better describe his wide-ranging and unpredictable music. Gonjasufi appears on “Veins,” where a wiggly guitar riff and chugging strings back his strange intonations; the MC also vocalizes on “Apparitions,” which is colored by Ethiopian sounds. Head-nodding beats, electronic noise, and elegant strings rub shoulders on “Flange Face,” which features the work of the dynamic Angelino violist and composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Middle Eastern flavorings mark “Nissim,” a track with guest appearances by Daedelus on bass and Amir Yaghmal on tambur and guitar. Simmering organ, guitar, and funky drums power “Dead Vets,” while the hard-hitting closer, “In the Dark,” is festooned with fiercely bowed and plucked strings.

Customer Reviews

Not Just Heavy Bass and Beats

Just listen to a song like Nissim and you'll hear a whole new side to Gaslamp - or just blow out your speakers with In The Dark... for a dose of that deadly bass you might have known him for previously.

Bangin album

Another great album from TGLK


This album is a bit of everything . Sure to get your head bobbing and your mind jiving ...


Born: San Diego, CA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Gaslamp Killer is a Los Angeles-based DJ whose eclectic style ranges from psychedelia and world music to dubstep and left-field hip-hop. Associated with Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder Records, he made his production debut in the late 2000s with a series of EPs. Born William Benjamin Bensussen, he originally comes from San Diego, California, whose downtown Gaslamp District's bar scene inspired him to name himself the Gaslamp Killer in disgust for much of the patronage. Upon relocating to Los Angeles,...
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