The Gaslamp Killer issues new statement pleading innocence in light of defamation lawsuit

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Last October, electronic music producer The Gaslamp Killer, real name William Bensussen, was accused of allegedly drugging and raping two women in 2013. News first arose when one of the alleged victims, Chelsea Tadros, first shared her account via Twitter, stating that the Los Angeles artist drugged her and a friend, RaeAn Medina, at a hotel party, where he then proceeded to allegedly have non-consensual sex with them both.

This subsequently led to Bensussen’s labels, Low End Theory and Brainfeeder, severing ties with the producer and sparked massive public outrage in the era of  #MeToo. In a new statement posted to The Gaslamp Killer’s Facebook page, Bensussen breaks his silence of seven months with details as to why he believes he is innocent and has filed for defamation.

Read his full statement below:

“Last October, Chelsea Tadros made false claims on Twitter about a consensual sexual encounter that I shared with her and her friend RaeAn Medina 5 years ago. Tadros claimed that I drugged her and Medina at The Standard Hotel during a daytime pool party, then took their incapacitated bodies to my home and raped them. Not only is this untrue, it is logistically impossible.

Despite having numerous witnesses dispute her story, I had to remain silent for legal reasons. I so badly wanted to defend myself right away and share the facts with details from my witnesses. Because the case is now public record, I am finally able to come forward.

I am 100% innocent of these accusations.

My only recourse was to bring a suit for defamation to prove my innocence. In suing Tadros, I am not trying to silence her. In fact, I am hoping to open a dialogue in which to examine this event in front of a judge and jury, rather than trial by social media.

It is important to note that no criminal charges were brought against me, and that I am the only person accused of this type of assault during the me too movement to bring a defamation suit against my accuser and be granted a trial. Furthermore, Medina has not affirmed nor corroborated Tadros’ accusations. In fact, in my 15-plus years of touring the world as a musician, no other woman has come out against me

Because the actual trial might be more than a year away, I feel it’s necessary to share these important facts from my case with you:

1. Judge Joanne O’Donnell has identified many inconsistencies in Tadros’ claim, and ruled that “Tadros’ statement contains a provably false assertion of fact that [I] drugged and raped Tadros…”

2. A toxicology expert specializing in date rape cases stated “It is in my opinion, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty that Tadros’ account of what happened on July 5, 2013 is virtually impossible.”

3. The sworn statement of eye witness #1, a friend of Medina’s, who directly contradicts Tadros’ claims about the events of that day. This witness reached out to me in support on the day of Tadros’ twitter accusation, even though I had only met him on the day in question 5 years ago and had not seen nor heard from him since.

4. The sworn statement of eye witness #2, my former roommate, who directly observed Tadros and Medina enter and exit my home in their own power.

Excerpts from these statements can be found in the following screenshots. If you‘d like to see more, there is also a dropbox link. After reading the above declarations by the judge and witnesses it is clear that Tadros’ claims are blatantly false.

I urge you to look at the facts objectively, as this false claim has changed my life forever. Within the first 24 hours of Tadros’ post, I received hundreds of death threats. I have subsequently lost everything that I have worked for; a career which took me 20 years to build. The damage done to my life, my friendships, my reputation, and my career is irreversible.

My life dissolved before my very eyes because of a single tweet. This type of reckless accusation undermines real sexual assault victims in their pursuit of justice. Therefore, it is with great care and awareness that I share my story. All I ask is that you take a moment to examine the facts.”

See the referenced court documents here.

 

Thundercat returns with groovy new single, ‘Final Fight’

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The multi-talented jazz fusion doyen, Thundercat, has stamped his undeniable virtuosity and trademark funkiness on Adult Swim’s ongoing Singles Program. Joining the likes of artists from Run The Jewels to Jlin, is Thundercat’s first new single since his critically-acclaimed early-2017 album, Drunk.

“Final Fight” features highly contrasting moments of Thundercat’s beloved M.O., between vivacious vocal coalescences, ample bass slaps, and aqueous undulations of guitar-driven energy. It’s a riveting return, and considering he’s coming off a year of collaborating with legends like Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Michael McDonald, and Kenny Loggins, it’s a track that definitely hints at yet another major year in the big leagues.

Ross From Friends shares blissful lo-fi house track ‘John Cage’

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Ross From Friends

Lush London lo-fi house producer Ross From Friends has officially signed to Flying LotusBrainfeeder label. Now, the bedroom artist has opened the door to his chilled out productions with a new track “John Cage,” ahead of his EP Aphelion out April 6.

Speaking on the track to Stereogum, the producer, born Felix Weatherall, said the song  “originally began life as a tune for this goofy hip-hop project that me and my pal Guy from back home always do when he’s in London.”

“I’d be making the beat and he raps.,” continued Weatherall. “It’s always a refreshing approach making tracks in that atmosphere because we’re both always on such a spontaneous tip. When I’m making music alone, I’m obsessive and everything takes hours, whereas with Guy, we’d try and get as many tracks finished as possible in like a few hours.”

With a sound that lends itself perfectly to the FlyLo family, Ross From Friends’ feel good vibes wash over his listeners in a state of low-key euphoria and aptly-achieved bliss. It’s a sound that aligns itself immensely with the latest Washed Out album and the lo-fi house movement that’s sweeping the nation. Though this Ross From Friends may not actually have achieved the cultural ubiquity of David Schwimmer, “John Cage” ensures he’s a worthy name to keep an eye on and an ear open for.

Flying Lotus releases new track in year end Brainfeeder mix

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A decade ago, Flying Lotus kicked off his independent Brainfeeder record label, where he set out to hone in on the left of center intersections of electronic music and instrumental hip-hop. Since then, the label’s signed experimental artists like Thundercat, The Underachievers, Lapalux, Mr. Oizo, and more.

Moving into 2018, Brainfeeder producer PBDY has released a new collection of Brainfeeder tracks on a new mix, Brainfeeder 2017 ∞ 2018. In it’s SoundCloud description, PBDY’s referred to it as, “A collection of Brainfeeder tracks & rarities as well as a glimpse of what’s to come in 2018.”

The 46-minute mix boasts Brainfeeder exclusives like a Lapalux collaboration with Lousiahhh, as well as work from labelmate Iglooghost, and a few Thundercat remixes. The very last track on the mix is a new instrumental number from the Brainfeeder-boss, Flying Lotus himself, entitled “Quarantine.”

“Quarantine” is a more subdued sound than Flying Lotus’s recent output, specifically the rap-centric You’re Dead! album of 2014, which featured collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, and more. The instrumentals of the new track shine a light on the endless sonic opportunities and possible avenues for FlyLo’s new record, which he’s recently confirmed he’s currently finishing.

Tracklist:
Locust Toybox – “Kuxir”
Lapalux – “Rotted Arp (feat. Louisahhh)”
Tierra Whack – “Mumbo Jumbo”
Topic – “Sonic Rain”
Iglooghost – “Kodama”
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – “Kazaru”
Thundercat – “Bus In These Streets (DJ Manny Remix)”
Jameszoo – “Flu (feat. Arthur Verocai) (DJ Manny Remix)”
Louis Cole – “Bank Account”
Thundercat – “Drink Dat Drink Dat (Feat. Wiz Khalifa) (Chopnotslop Remix)”
Lapalux – “Holding On”
Little Snake – “Lilith”
Iglooghost – “Bug Thief”
Locust Toybox – “Godlips”
Ross From Friends – “Crimson”
Thundercat – “Friend Zone”
Louis Cole – “Thinking”
Salami Rose Joe Lewis – “Cool Down”
Iglooghost – “Slow Heal”
Buttress – “We Survived!”
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – “To Be Continued”
Flying Lotus – “Quarantine”

Compilation Artwork by: Mckay Felt

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