Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Monday, May 17, 2010

L.A.'s Beat Music catches heat in the U.K.

Low End Theory club, Gaslamp Killer, Flying Lotus...these are all names familiar to me, but I didn't know about the "beat music" label attached to it all.

What's it sound like? Beat music is an equal measure of chillout electronica, jazzy niceness, dub step and broken beat mixed into a blend of head-nodding vibes!

And BBC Radio 1's very own Mary Ann Hobbs has been pushing these tunes to the U.K. radio listeners, club goers and even Radiohead's Thom Yorke, who eventually collaborated on a track for one of the genre's leading artists, Flying Lotus, on his album Cosmogramma.

Sample this! Words can't do justice to this beat music sound so here's a taster of L.A.'s beat music scene selected by the "First Lady of Bass" (as electronic music magazine XLR8R called Mary Anne Hobbs) and streamed courtesty of N.P.R. For all five tunes compiled by Mary Ann Hobbs click here.

Extras If you want to hear more from Flying Lotus and his connection to Alice Coltrane (jazz musician, composer and wife of the legendary John Coltrane,) here's last week's radio interview with him that explains his influences and ongoing role in L.A.'s beat music scene.

And here's a video trailer from the, yet-to-be-seen, Low End Theory documentary.

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