Make no mistake, Ross From Friends doesn’t want to be taken too seriously. Born Felix Clary Weatherall, Friends is known for his punny pseudonym and feel-good tunes which are as easy to get lost in on just the repeated listens as they are with the hour-long loops online. Weatherall has just shared a video for a new song “Pale Blue Dot,” from his upcoming album Family Portrait.
The accompanying video’s a grainy VHS video shot by Ross From Friends’ mother, Jo Weatherall, who recorded Ross’ father, Jamie Clary, while the two were traveling through London and Europe right when they met in 1990. “Pale Blue Dot” is an appropriate lead for Ross’ new album, dedicated largely to his father, as it too nods to the influence of his parents on his music, particularly the sounds of hi-NRG dance, Italo disco, and proto-Techno.
Family Portrait album is out July 27 via Brainfeeder.
British Brainfeeder alumni Iglooghost makes narrative music — albeit mostly instrumental (or at least not discernibly in English), as you might recall from his debut album Neō Wax Bloom in which Xjangliao, a gelatinous worm shaped creature (that first emerged in the EP Chinese Nü Year was travelling through time when he was caught in the crossfire of two giant eyeballs colliding with the planet Mamu.
And come August 8, Iglooghost will unveil two new chapters in his ever evolving sonic choose your own adventure story. The pair of EPs Clear Tamei and Steel Mogu comprise a prequel to the devastation that unfolded in Neō Wax Bloom and feature a see-through God in training called Tamei and his friends who find themselves wound up in a hyperspeed, cross-temporal battle with a fleet of mysterious, round beings…all told through Iglooghost’s hyper-manic fusion of footwork, two-step, bass, and plain old bonkers.
Weird on paper? Maybe. Sounds good in headphones? YOU be the judge while you listen to “Niteracer” down below (but we vote yes).
You can also pre-order Clear Tamei here and Steel Mogu here — and check out Iglooghost live at various real places in the current time/space continuum.
01. First Vōids
02. Steel Mogu
03. Black Light Ultra
04. Mei Mode
07.14.18 – New York, NY – MoMA PS1 Warm Up
07.15.18 – Philadelphia, PA – The Sound Hole
07.19.18 – San Francisco, CA – 1015 Folsom
07.20.18 – Seattle, WA – Kremwerk
07.28.18 – Negenharrie, Germany – Off the Radar Festival
09.07.18 – Linz, Austria – Ars Electronica
10.04.18 – Seoul, South Korea – Cakeshop
10.07.18 – Tokyo, Japan – Circus
10.08.18 – Osaka, Japan – Circus
10.12.18 – Krakow, Poland – Unsound Festival
10.16.18 – Manchester, UK – Now Wave
10.18.18 – Brighton, UK – Patterns
10.20.18 – Bristol, UK – Simple Things Festival
Dorian Concept — a.k.a. producer Oliver Thomas Johnson — has announced his first album in four years, The Nature of Imitation. It’s due out August 3 and will be his first release for the L.A.-based, Flying Lotus-founded Brainfeeder label.
Dorian Concept’s last album was 2014’s Joined Ends. Why has it taken four years to follow? Per a press release, Dorian Concept was busy “meticulously un-learning his prodigious production process and developing a brand new sound that even the most clued-up won’t be expecting,” a process which led to greater use of Johnson’s manipulated voice in the recordings, as well as the counterintuitive move of playing some of the album’s “deceptively digital” sounds live, rather than programming them. So THERE.
You can experience the first taste of DC’s brand new sound below all this copy in the form of “Promises,” the first single off The Nature of Imitation. (But please read some more copy first.)
Even though this is his first release for the label, Dorian Concept and Brainfeeder have had a classic will-they-won’t-they dynamic going for awhile now — Johnson’s provided production and keys on Thundercat’s The Golden Age of Apocalypse and Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma respectively, and toured with Flying Lotus’ live act, while Brainfeeder founder Flying Lotus put a Dorian Concept remix in his 2008 Essential Mix. Dorian Concept will also be debuting a new live show at Brainfeeder’s takeover of Sonicmania in Tokyo on August 17.
“Heroes Pt. 5” follows FlyLo’s seven new SoundCloud tracks, a Blade Runner short film score, and his grotesque directorial debut Kuso; a vile horror film Rolling Stone called “the grossest midnight movie of the last decade.” Maintaining the producer’s characteristically mind-melting modus operandi, “Heroes Pt. 5” uses a heady house filler with angelic synths sprinkled underneath. True to the off-kilter vibe FlyLo has tightly embraced over the years, “Heroes” features dialogue and sound effects from Dragonball Z, as Pitchforkoriginally pointed out.
How YOU doin’? Ross From Friends — not to be confused with Ross from Friends — has an album coming out. Set for release on July 27 via Brainfeeder, Family Portrait will be his debut full-length.
For the British producer — real name Felix Clary Weatherhall — the process of making Family Portrait has been a long one. Its release culminates nearly two years of work on the album, with Weatherhall spending 20 hours a day in the studio, sometimes taking months just to perfect single aspects of individual songs. According to Weatherhall, “Every time I went to make music the things which would really grab me are the emotional things, and while I’m in that place I felt I could really focus on the track. That was a massive part of this album, tapping into my emotions…into my emotional instability.”
As if working extremely hard on his debut album weren’t enough, Weatherhall will be taking Ross From Friends on tour, playing dates from June through November. For the tour, Weatherhall has enlisted John Dunk on sax and keys, and Jed Hampson on guitar — a veritable Chandler and Joey — building out Ross From Friends’ sound into one that will work both at festivals and in clubs.
Pre-order Family Portrait here, and hear some of Weatherhall’s hard work for yourself by listening to “Project Cyberysn” down below. While down there, make sure to also check out the full tracklisting for Family Portrait, as well as all of the upcoming Ross From Friends tour dates, including the first-ever Ross From Friends shows in the US.
…Again, this is Ross From Friends, not Ross from Friends, so don’t expect any songs that explore the inner emotional anguish one suffers after their sandwich gets eaten.
Family Portrait tracklisting
01. Happy Birthday Nick
02. Thank God I’m A Lizard
03. Wear Me Down
04. The Knife
05. Project Cybersyn
06. Family Portrait
07. Pale Blue Dot
08. Back Into Space
09. Parallel Sequence
11. Don’t Wake Dad
12. The Beginning
The one where Ross From Friends goes on tour:
06.09.18 – Manchester, UK – Parklife
06.09.18 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen (DJ)
06.15.18 – Glasgow, UK – Sub Club
06.16.18 – Marseille, FR – Marsatac Festival
06.26.18 – Albania – Kala Festival
06.29.18 – Gdansk, PL – Electricians Street
06.30.18 – Milan, IT – Astro Fest
07.05.18 – Montreux, CH – Montreux Jazz Festival
07.06.18 – Paris, FR – The Peacock Society
07.07.18 – Trencin, SK – Pohoda Festival
07.14.18 – Dour, BE – Dour Festival
08.09.18 – Seoul, KR – Cakeshop (DJ)
08.10.18 – Seoul, KR – Kontra (DJ)
08.17.18 – Tokyo, JP – Sonic Mania
08.19.18 – Hamburg, DE – MS Dockville
08.24.18 – Lincolnshire, UK – Lost Village Festival
09.15.18 – Edinburgh, UK – The Liquid Room
09.21.18 – Dublin, IE – Button Factory
09.22.18 – Nantes, FR – Scopitone Festival
09.26.18 – London, UK – Village Underground
09.27.18 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
09.28.18 – Sheffield, UK – Hope Works
09.29.18 – Bologna, IT – roBOt Festival
10.02.18 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
10.03.18 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
10.05.18 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
10.06.18 – Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique
10.11.18 – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
10.13.18 – Berlin, DE – Berghain Kantine
10.20.18 – Warsaw, PL – Smolna
10.25.18 – Geneva, CH – Zoo
10.26.18 – Barcelona, ES – Razzmatazz
10.27.18 – Oslo, NO – Jaeger
11.02.18 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
11.03.18 – Montreal, QC – Phi Centre
11.08.18 – Washington, DC – Union Stage
11.09.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Good Room
11.10.18 – Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village
11.14.18 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
11.15.18 – San Francisco, CA – 1015 Folsom
Ross From Friends is the internet’s best friend, especially for those that spend a significant amount of time perusing YouTube‘s lo-fi house. Spend enough time in these dizzying catacombs, and Ross’ prevalent lo-fi chiller “Talk To Me You’ll Understand” is bound to work its way into the rotation.
What’s especially unique about the London producer, born Felix Weatherall, is that’s he one of the few lo-fi acts who actively embraced his production prowess, quite reminiscent to the ascension of chillwave’s Ernest Greene or Washed Out. Last year in an interview, Weatherall said, “I’ve been trying to keep up this persona of being goofy, and people have really reacted to that.” Now, Ross From Friends seems to be breaking free of those self-imposed restrictions.
Fresh off the more recent success of his EP, Aphelion, released just this April, Weatherall’s announced a new album, Family Portrait.
Characterized by the same experimentation and obsessive attention to detail that saw out Ross From Friends rise to fame, Family Portrait marries carefully crafted production and heavy saturated spaces. Family Portrait is preceded by its first single “Project Cybersyn” which demonstrates Weatherall’s amicable ability to shift and evolve, transitioning from the world of lo-fi to the world of FlyLo, his Brainfeeder overseer.
Ross From Friends has also announced his first-ever US shows in conjunction with the announcement.
06/09 – Manchester, UK @ Parklife
06/09 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen (DJ)
06/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Sub Club
06/16 – Marseille, FR @ Marsatac Festival
06/26 – Albania @ Kala Festival
06/29 – Gdansk, PL @ Electricians Street
06/30 – Milan, IT @ Astro Fest
07/05 – Montreux, CH @ Montreux Jazz Festival
07/06 – Paris, FR @ The Peacock Society
07/07 – Trencin, SK @ Pohoda Festival
07/14 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
08/09 – Seoul, KR @ Cakeshop (DJ)
08/10 – Seoul, KR @ Kontra (DJ)
08/17 – Tokyo, JP @ Sonic Mania
08/19 – Hamburg, DE @ MS Dockville
08/24 – Lincolnshire, UK @ Lost Village Festival
09/15 – Edinburgh, UK @ The Liquid Room
09/21 – Dublin, IE @ Button Factory
09/22 – Nantes, FR @ Scopitone Festival
09/26 – London, UK @ Village Underground
09/27 – Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall
09/28 – Sheffield, UK @ Hope Works
09/29 – Bologna, IT @ roBOt Festival
10/02 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
10/03 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
10/05 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
10/06 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
10/11 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
10/13 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
10/20 – Warsaw, PL @ Smolna
10/25 – Geneva, CH @ Zoo
10/26 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
10/27 – Oslo, NO @ Jaeger
11/02 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
11/03 – Montreal, QC @ Phi Centre
11/08 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage
11/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Good Room
11/10 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
11/14 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
11/15 – San Francisco, CA @ 1015 Folsom
11/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ (dis)order [formerly Lot 613]
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.”
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.
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.
Lush London lo-fi house producer Ross From Friends has officially signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder 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.