On Tuesday Los Angeles based creative genius Jerome LOL released his Deleted/Fool EP on home label Friends of Friends. Having previously released an album on FoF as the now defunct LOL Boys, Jerome’s new EP is his first official solo release. I could throw words around about Jerome being a sort of avant-garde musical and visual curator, or how his aesthetic bleeds originality in its cheeky complexities and colorful simplicities – but that would be selling him short, and missing the point. My lack of ability to really envelop Jerome LOL as an entity is precisely his appeal. The off-kilter balance of this ‘tumblr-era x internet 1.0 x 90′s branding’ visual mish-mash with the delicateness and deeper meaning of Jerome LOLs musical endeavors is in my humble opinion so cleverly curated that I am just consistently in awe. Jerome’s filtering and curating of a dizzying amount of visual and audio influences from everywhere across the spectrum into a concise and branded look and sound is something I’ve always respected. His DJ sets are interesting and fun, his label Body High is a wonderful homage to LA and dance music origins while keeping releases and artists fresh and cool, and his music videos are insanely unique and some of my favorites:
The four-track EP begins with “Deleted,” starts with Jerome’s signature swinging drums, in true-to-form fashion created by an antiquated and distorted piece, the DJX-2. The claps and swing fade as Sara Z’s cool and sensitive vocals come in, with clear cut changes in the cord progressions between each verse carrying the mood. It’s these subtleties in the undertones that reveal the emotional complexities of the track – doubling computer jargon with the destruction of a relationship (“we’re offline, no course of action” “control, escape, command, delete, it’s all in our hands”). The track evolves and grows in almost pop-song format with repeated choruses and verses, a bridge and an outro, which shuts off all the drums just before Sara utters her last line- printing the track in your head.
“Always” continues with the cymbal-heavy, swinging drum patterns, this time lighter in feeling given the faster pattern & more effervescent vocals. The keys in the chorus are touching and warm, and the various inflexions of Sara’s voice on the word “Always” is captivating and soulful. The heavy distortion on the bassline and clanging drums on “Fool” flip the EP from pop-leanings to a much more club/warehouse mindset, until Angelina Lucero’s melancholy and poignant vocals rip you off your shuffling feet and onto the floor. But as the heavy bassline fades, a glockenspiel-sounding bridge comes in before Angelina’s chorus comes in, aided by incredibly pitched-up echoes of her voice carrying each line. The clanging drums and garage moodiness are met by the pitch shifts and “this instrument can never sound sad” use of the glockenspiel – it’s this touch of color in an otherwise entirely depressing track that is a common theme in Jerome’s work. The EP closes with “True”, another considerably moody song from Angelina Lucero’s teethy and slow vocals and sort of rain-down-your-windowpane piano chords that rain so heavily on the track it nearly drowns out her vocals until the very end.
Like with all artists that have developed their own signature patterns and sounds, I see the argument from both sides on Jerome’s heavy use of jazzy/swing drums and pop-oriented progressions: on one side it doesn’t have an grand sense of variety, but on the other it’s clearly a sound and vibe that nobody else is really doing. You can identify a Jerome LOL track from just a few seconds of listening, but because of that the tracks can be considered to start sounding the same. I’m personally more drawn to the ‘Deleted’ half of the EP, which to me is an example of the vibe of work I enjoy most from Jerome; the ‘Fool’ half dives much deeper into a darker side of his music which I simply do not grasp as well – I think that’s a side he’s still sonically developing. But I do have to give props to Jerome for really nailing the structure of his tracks.
You can purchase the EP on Bandcamp HERE or on iTunes HERE:
I usually hate pop-ups, but Jerome LOL‘s new video for “Deleted” from his recently released EP on Friends of Friends has me feeling a bit differently about them today. It’s very internet as you’d expect from the social media guru, with lots of crazy animations and funny videos from friends layering all over the screen. Check it out below and purchase the Deleted/Fool EP here.
Laura D and Three Wise team up yet again to bring this weeks top picks for the Dirt! Check out some chill vibes from Patchrik, King Thing, Marvin Gaye and Duncan Murray a lil bit of hip-hop from Childish Gambino, Nosaj Thing x Chance The Rapper and uplifting deep cuts from Kill Them With Colour, Kenny Gray and Autograf.
Finally we get to see some original content from the legend that is Jerome LOL! His brand new EP, Deleted / Fool, on home label Friends of Friends sees its release next month (February 4th to be exact) but today he’s just shared the first single from the EP, featuring the beautiful vocals from Angelina Lucero. Some of you may recognize Lucero from her appearance on Jerome’s previous venture, the Changes LP from LOL Boys.
“Fool” is a developed sense of self from Jerome, an elaboration upon his signature weirdness that places him in a category of producer all his own. Although this is a sort of new sound for Jerome, it’s very much still him. With heavily laden bass drums with skittered snares and chimes rising subtly above them, the track is a heavy clanker with heavy techno leanings, until Lucero’s vocals come in, surprisingly taking things to a simultaneously warmer and haunting place. And in very true-to-form Jerome LOL fashion, he’s got a brand new website up where you can trip out for six minutes with the track. Uh, I think ‘jerry-built’ would be an applicable pun here.
Stream the new track below, and if you want to preorder the whole EP (psst… I listened to it and it’s very good) you can do so by clicking HERE.
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Continuing the barrage of talent to showcase before HARD Summer, the Future Stars Mini-Mix series follows up with its second installment. Today, we bring you LA’s own Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy. The two DJ/producers have curated an incredible block of music that features exclusive releases on their BODY HIGH imprint, an array of house tunes that cover the vibe spectrum from light to dark. Have a listen below and get your weekend started early!
Matpat – Feel Your Body (Body High)
Cromie & Sage Caswell – Vines (PEACH)
Floyd Campbell – Stretch (Body High)
Say Wut – Run Bass Hard (Body High)
Pipes – Let’s Get Closer (Body High)
Myrryrs – Intro Theme (Body High)
Samo Sound Boy & Floyd Campbell – Unititled #1 (Body High)
DJ Funeral – Out There (Body High)
Myrryrs – Pineapples (Body High)
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There are some birds chirping overhead as kids run wild in the lively green field and playground, teenagers are walking hand in hand as adults rest up and take in the refreshing summer breeze on the park benches, and you are taking a stroll on the reflective concrete path with your earbuds in and arms gently swaying to the beat. Maybe it’s to clear your head, maybe it’s just to relax, either way, if you’re not playing this Jerome LOL remix to D33J’s, “Park,” the next time this scenario becomes available, you’re doing it wrong. Continue Reading
Earlier this fall Jerome LOL set out on a West Coast tour with Classixx, Cosmic Kids, and RAC for some of the most infectious summer time music when everyone was having summer withdrawals. Classixx were a crowd favorite, and then “Holding On” surfaced late last month and the internet was abuzz with this summertime sensation. It would appear Jerome couldn’t get the song out of his head, along with everyone else who heard these endorphin packed vibes, as he set out to create this remix for them. It does a great job of building and resolving into the original chords as his minimalistic percussion patterns create a comfortable dance environment for you to get down to. Out digitally and 12″ on April 2nd on Leisure Recordings, be sure to make sure your spring playlists are as forward as they can be with this summer time anthem.
Para One is a busy dude with many musical talents: from having dipped in the honey pot of the rap scene a variety of times (his work with French group TTC, production creds on A$AP Rocky’s “Wild For The Night”) to being a part of his own label (Marble, with Teki Latex and Bobmo). After a well-regarded release of his track “Passion” last year, Para One is back with a bigger, badder version thanks to the vocal talents of none other than Cam’Ron. As a sidenote, I can’t write or think about Cam’Ron without seeing this picture in my head, so here. #killuh
I spoke to Para One yesterday just before his trek to the US to tour starting in Miami, where I’m sure inevitably we’ll run into each other. Another sidenote, a definite party to check out that we’ll be at and Para One will be playing at is Lil Death’s NYC vs Paris this Friday. So read on about what Para One had to say after the jump, and as for myself I hope to see many of you out and about!
Mystery producer…little is known…blah blah blah. Here’s what you need to know: DJ FUNERAL is on deck for his sophomore EP on Sam + Jerome’s LA-based imprint, BODY HIGH, coming out November 13th. The release has 4 originals, and they are all fire. Once again, the newly founded label really stands apart from its peers, providing a truly unique sound that irradiates the eclecticism and skilled A&R of its founders. Preview the EP below. √+