Mophono's Halftone Society - The Sinicism EP / 12"
The Sinicism EP
Longstanding Brooklyn label Bastard Jazz come with their next 12" from San Francisco-based DJ, artist, and producer Mophono, aka DJ Centipede. Mophono's CV is a long one - he's released a short string of incredibly successful plates on his own CB Records imprint, including the Gaslamp Killer's 'My Troubled Mind' 10", and Mophono's 'The Edge' 7", which sat at the top of Turntable Lab's bestseller list for weeks. He is also behind the groundbreaking weekly Change The Beat party in SF, an institution for beatheads, crate diggers, trainspotters, and degenerate groove junkies of all types. Under the guise of Mophono's Halftone Society, he delivers an astounding EP that beautifully manages to toe the line between past and future, organic and electronic, dancefloor and heady. Things start off with 'Hunger', a funk-fueled stomper with a monster break, horn stabs, tinkling pianos and deep moog undertones. 'Bumps' is a 103 BPM chugger that sounds like an unholy meeting between DJ Shadow, Fela Kuti and Pepper Adams with a chopped, dusty drum break, and filthy Baritone sax lines weaving in and out. 'Sinicism' furthur explores Mophono's penchant for chopping and splicing the breaks, with more larger than life Baritone sax, and an absolutley brilliant midsong change-up to a hypnotic exploration of the post-Dilla sound championed by artists like Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus, and Ras G, complete with flutes, sax, and a skittish, recessed break. Lastly, Natural Self (Tru Thoughts) delivers a crushing dancefloor remix of 'Sinicism' with an alternately droning and bubbling bassline, synth squiggles, big drums, tribal percussion and more chops and tricks than you can shake a stick at. Also included are bonus beats drum edits of both 'Hunger' and 'Sinicism'.