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.

Lapalux’s Stuart Howard enchants in swirling new track under LPLX alias

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Following the release of his acclaimed third full-length Ruinism and the follow-up The End Of Industry EP shortly thereafter, Lapalux‘s Stuart Howard announced an expansive worldwide tour. Now, Howard’s returned under his LPLX alias with what’s undoubtedly his most mesmerizing music to date.

This month Lapalux returns to the U.S. with his new live setup for his first North American tour since 2016, and judging by the experimental, swirling nature of “Damson,” Howard’s mixing will be nothing short of transitory. With “Damson” he moves further through the abstraction that Ruinism cultivated. As he delves into his loosest, and yet, most poised music to date, it’s clear LPLX’s reached the pinnacle of his unhinged production air, and that surely promises nothing but exciting developments in the time to come.

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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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Brainfeeder drop new mixtape to celebrate the arrival of 2018, accidentally slip in new Flying Lotus track because he runs the label…

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Unless you have been locked inside a sensory deprivation tank for over a week (in which case we applaud you, zen warrior), you will have noticed that it is now 2018. While some folks mark the occasion of a new year with epic fireworks and copious mind-altering substances, the folks at Brainfeeder have gone the “nice and legal” route and released a new mixtape (okay, maybe they partook in a few substances too).

As you can see, the label will be turning 10 this year; and if this tidy mix — entitled Brainfeeder 2017 ∞ 2018 and put together by PBDY — is any indication, we are likely to see the label unleashing new material by Iglooghost, Locust Toybox, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and a little-known artist called Flying Lotus.

That’s right: if you hop along to the final track of the mix, you’ll find a new track by Flying Lotus called “Quarantine” — which may (or may not) be off his soon to be (or not soon to be) released forthcoming album…of which there are no details (so stop asking)…except that FlyLo has tweeted that he’s finishing his next album for Warp. But, given the unreliability of comments made on Twitter *cough*Trump*cough*, who knows.

For now, we have Brainfeeder’s 2018 mix. Check it:

Brainfeeder 2017 ∞ 2018 tracklisting:

01. Locust Toybox – ‘Kuxir’
02. Lapalux – ‘Rotted Arp’ (feat. Louisahhh)
03. Tierra Whack – ‘Mumbo Jumbo’
04. Topic – ‘Sonic Rain’
05. Iglooghost – ‘Kodama’
06. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – ‘Kazaru’
07. Thundercat – ‘Bus In These Streets’ (DJ Manny Remix)
08. Jameszoo – ‘Flu’ (feat. Arthur Verocai) (DJ Manny Remix)
09. Louis Cole – ‘Bank Account’
10. Thundercat – ‘Drink Dat Drink Dat’ (Feat. Wiz Khalifa) (Chopnotslop Remix)
11. Lapalux – ‘Holding On’
12. Little Snake – ‘Lilith’
13. Iglooghost – ‘Bug Thief’
14. Locust Toybox – ‘Godlips’
15. Ross From Friends – ‘Crimson’
16. Thundercat – ‘Friend Zone’
17. Louis Cole – ‘Thinking’
18. Salami Rose Joe Lewis – ‘Cool Down’
19. Iglooghost – ‘Slow Heal’
20. Buttress – ‘We Survived!’
21. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – ‘To Be Continued’
22. Flying Lotus – ‘Quarantine’

Feature: 2017: Favorite Cover Art

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Absurdity’s dead, and we, the citizens of the digital sphere, killed it. What good is Pynchon when our president’s penning a postmodern novel in real time, weaving all-caps interjections and sporadic entanglements with B- and C-list celebrities into his fragmented Twitter narrative? Does James Ferraro’s work still spark the imagination like it did in a world before real-time ridesharing startups founded their own cryptocurrencies in order to eliminate tipping in the service industry? Do vaporwave’s neo-classical busts feel that lifeless among the animated emojis we use as virtual masks? Even the most surreal, depraved nooks and crannies of the internet feel like home.

“Looks like I’m in the weird part of YouTube again,” reads a comment I’ve read a hundred times before. Maybe it felt that way to the user who posted that four years ago. I wish I could feel unnerved by hyperrealistic CGI or creepypasta lore. But how can I when I feel like I’ve been a voyeur all my life, peeking into the collective Id of the post-industrial world?

The album artwork that populated year-end lists past has proven prophetic: to fill 2017’s top 20 countdown with PC Music’s CGI-scapes and Babyfather’s pseudo-nationalist iconography would feel like a cruel joke, too reflective of our pessimistic times. Instead, I’ve sought out earthy pinks, blues, and greens — smeared by brushes or scrawled in pen — to sow future-primitive dreams of happier times. I hope you don’t mind some prescriptive color in lieu of the bleak descriptivism I originally planned on listing. We could all use it.


20

chivo carnada – choxxo /koyote

Artist: Agus Wussy

[Self-Released]



19

Los Campesinos! – Sick Scenes

Artist: R.N. Taylor

[Wichita]



18

Dillon Wendel – Pulse

Artist: Anne Tetzlaff

[The Trilogy Tapes]



17

Alex G – Rocket

Artist: Rachel Giannascoli

[Domino]



16

Lil Wop – Wopavelli 2

Artist: HOODxGHANDI

[Bases Loaded]



15

Swept – Cult Desire

Artist: Mason Lindroth

[Self-Released]



14

Communions – Blue

Artist: Tea Palmelund

[Fat Possum]



13

Jessica Says – Do With Me What U Will

Artist: Unknown

[Chapter Music]



12

Minogame – Lemongrass

Artist: Minogame

[The Worst]



11

Jean-Michel Blais & CFCF – Cascades

Artist: Dan Wilton

[Arts & Crafts]



10

Lina Tullgren – Won

Artist: Unknown

[Captured Tracks]



09

emamouse – holiday of tiny coffee shop

Artist: Jesus Belluci

[Belluci Enterprises]



08

clipping. – The Deep

Artist: clipping.

[Sub Pop]



07

Thundercat – Drunk

Artist: Zack Fox

[Brainfeeder]



06

i-fls – wasted

Artist: i-fls

[Self-Released]



05

Robert Soleto – Cusp

Artist: Daniel Sean Kelly

[Upset the Rhythm]



04

Planning For Burial – Below the House

Artist: Thom Wasluck

[The Flenser]



03

Various Artists – The Downward Spiral

Artist: gei

[The Worst]



02

Daniel Saylor – Spring Rain

Artist: John Zobele

[Bedlam Tapes]



01

Stuck in November – First Visit to Camp Telepathy

Artist: Stuck in November

[Self-Released]


Funk legend George Clinton joins Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label

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While he is pursuing a new career as a film director, Flying Lotus isn’t neglecting his role as the head of his Brainfeeder label. The idiosyncratic producer recently took to Twitter to announce that funk legend George Clinton would be joining the likes of Mr. Oizo, Thundercat, and Tokimonsta on his roster of artists.

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Clinton’s career skyrocketed in the 1970’s when he lead the seminal funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic, pioneering the P-Funk sound and demonstrating a keen eye for talent. After launching a solo career in 1981, Clinton has been consistently productive, with his last album dropping in 2008. Clinton is expected to drop an album on the imprint next year, and while few details were given in regards to the release, fans can be assured of its funk bona fides.

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