21 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On the second installment in Gramatik's Street Bangers series, the Slovenian beatmaker chops and loops his way through crates full of rare grooves in his quest for the perfect beat. He casts a wide net, sampling Indian music ("Makes Me Wonder"), '40s Nat King Cole ("Hit That Jive"), and even classical ("Orchestrated Incident") alongside all that vintage funk and soul. But whether he's speeding up vocals or looping fat horn stabs, the end results remain examples of boom bap hip-hop at its most profoundly chilled.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On the second installment in Gramatik's Street Bangers series, the Slovenian beatmaker chops and loops his way through crates full of rare grooves in his quest for the perfect beat. He casts a wide net, sampling Indian music ("Makes Me Wonder"), '40s Nat King Cole ("Hit That Jive"), and even classical ("Orchestrated Incident") alongside all that vintage funk and soul. But whether he's speeding up vocals or looping fat horn stabs, the end results remain examples of boom bap hip-hop at its most profoundly chilled.

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About Gramatik

Mixing that electro thump with the sample-heavy boom-bap of hip-hop, DJ/producer Gramatik was born in Portoroz, Slovenia, but he always seemed bound for Brooklyn. It was an older sister with a large cassette collection who turned the young Gramatik on to tapes of funk, jazz, R&B, and other genres that naturally lent themselves to dancefloors. By the time he was 13, he was making beats on his PC, and by his late teens, his productions had earned him a loyal fan base and, eventually, the attention of the Colorado-based Pretty Lights. The like-minded producer signed Gramatik to his web label, also dubbed Pretty Lights, and released his Beatz & Pieces, Vol. 1 album in 2011. The #DigitalFreedom EP followed in 2012, along with Gramatik's new apartment in Brooklyn. He founded his own label, Lowtemp, in 2013, and only increased the pace of his recordings, giving away beat-heavy albums like SB#4 and Coffee Shop Selection even as he released proper LPs such as The Age of Reason in 2014 and Epigram in 2016. (Both of the latter charted on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums.) ~ David Jeffries

HOMETOWN
Portorož, Slovenia
BORN
October 19, 1984

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