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Monday, November 15, 2010

Mophono's 'Be Human Part One' Explores the Better Side of the Machine

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 4:25 PM

click to enlarge Mophono/DJ Centipede
  • Mophono/DJ Centipede
Sometimes it's good just to remember what elastic, corner-bending rhythms and interplanetary mindfuck soundscapes can be achieved through the use of machines. One of the guests on S.F. groove guru Mophono's (aka DJ Centipede's) upcoming album, Flying Lotus, is now very famous for reminding us of the immense rhythmic power of the button and the knob; with "Be Human Part One," this first track from the full-length, Mophono does a canny demonstration of his own skills on the turntables.

The track begins with a basic R&B beat that shortly starts meandering into jazzy, labyrinthine fills. Soon, synth pulses give way to a flute, which joins in the wandering, and from there this track goes all sorts of places. Certainly, memories of DJ Shadow -- whose Endtroducing is cited by Mophono as a big influence -- are being jogged here. The extended sax passages give a sophisto-feel to the whole thing, but what really hits us about this cut is the expert rhythm work.


This track is the opener from Mophono's full-length debut, Cut From Crush, which is due on his own imprint, CB Records, on February 15 of next year. Mophono/Centipede is also a regular at the (free) weekly Change the Beat party he throws every Tuesday at Som Bar.

MP3: Mophono -- "Be Human Part One"

[via 92 BPM]

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