Gimme Da £00T
Filastine, an L.A.-born activist and music producer, is based in Barcelona, but his music lives in a fluctuating cultural space somewhere between Jakarta punk squats and Brazilian street parties, lingering in the sonic alleyways connecting Japan to North Africa to Spain. On his new album £00T, Filastine delivers a hybrid electronic sound that could be described as worldbeat for the dubstep generation – and the result is a lot better than it sounds.
The album has bits of dubsteppy wobble, but that’s just one little piece of what’s going on. There are syntht transformed into wailing spike fiddles, Chicago juke beats played on Middle Eastern drum patches, and endless little snippets of horns and violins and accordions. Interspersed, there’s all variety of gated noise and glitchy twitches and clanky found sounds. Some of the best tracks, including the killer single “Colony Collapse,” (below) feature atmospheric vocals from Indonesian singer Nova. Japanese rapper ECD makes a guest appearance as well, on “Lost Records.”
Although the beats are hard, this isn’t really a dance album at heart. £00T is listening music that is messy and complex, with big swaths of noise and silence. The result is a convincing sonic portrait of the jumbled-up, hyper-connected planet we live on today, its vast streams of aural information recycled and re-purposed into beautiful disarray.