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Based in Los Angeles, the Gaslamp Killer is a producer/DJ best known for his hyperactive live shows (a rarity in the DJ world), and hard-hitting instrumental concoctions that showcase his flair for psychedelic crate digging fused with wildly unpredictable beat mixing. Down with like-minded, turntable-meets-laptop artists like Flying Lotus, Daedelus, and Prefuse 73, his music blends old and new in a way that is both familiar and foreign, vintage yet futuristic. While some of his peers are trying to out-weird each other with broken time signatures and stuttering glitches, GLK's music tends to be more rocking; unpredictable and shapeshifting to be sure, but still something you can throw on at a party without shutting it down completely. Death Gate is one of his many EPs, and it does not disappoint. Difficult to describe but hard not to like, check out "Shattering Inner Journeys" and "Monsterfromtheunderground."

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Philosopher's Stone

This record is a trip. Check out the samples taken from Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain - Insanity!!

10 10 10

Saw him tear it apart at his album release... The future is here!

Headphone Commute Review

Rolling through my weekend with The Gaslamp Killer, I come upon his latest EP, Death Gate. Right from the start, the bass kicks in with a tighter production, sharper effected synth lines, and a lot more solid song structure. The EP is a bit over sixteen minutes, and the collection of five tracks still feel like a set of vignettes (if anything - that's the only downside - I can listen to Willy all day long). Gonjasufi makes an appearance on "When I'm In Awe", as does Mophono and Computer Jay. Here come the cut-up hip-hop influenced beats, distorted space trips, and intricate manipulations. Full of jazz riffing, lounge smoking, head bopping, dub rolling, and rhythm chopping ideas, Death Gate is a space ship ready to take you on a head spinning trip. Don't say I didn't warn you. This is an exceptional record that only gets better with repeated listening. You must check out the following mixes from The Gaslamp Killer: Gaslamp Killers (2007), All Killer: Finders Keepers Records 1-20 (2009), and the very latest, A Decade Of Flying Lotus (2010). There's also, of course, his production work for the ever elusive Gonjasufi, which we will cover here next...


Born: November 7, 1982 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Gaslamp Killer is a Los Angeles-based DJ and producer whose eclectic style ranges from psychedelia and world music to dubstep and left-field hip-hop. He is a longtime associate of Low End Theory, an influential club night dedicated to experimental hip-hop and electronic music, often considered the epicenter of the L.A. beat scene. 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...
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