Surrounded by brightly lit columns and brick accents, Shlohmo took the stage at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall two nights in a row and did not fail to meet fans' expectations at the packed shows. Neon symbols of a serpent, a magic 8 ball, lava lamp, banana, and more hung behind the artist (the meaning was open to interpretation).
Atmospheric and deep, Shlohmo brought a masterful touch to his set. Fuzzy, lumbering bass lines mingled with attention-grabbing top hats and drum kicks. The beats were heavy yet danceable, with hip-hop spliced in throughout the set -- not surprising considering his penchant for remixes and close musical relationship with R&B talent Jeremih.
Consistent without being methodical, each track faded easily into the next for a completely seamless experience. The highlight of the night was definitely Shlohmo’s remix of LOL Boys’ “Changes,” featured here.
This is not the kind of show where you need to be familiar with the tracks to fully enjoy the experience. If you feel his style, Shlohmo’s music is the kind that intrinsically moves a person, something to get completely lost in. It is cerebral and embracing, powerful and thoughtful, which is perfect in my book.