From radio stations curated by the likes of Flying Lotus and Gilles Peterson, to essential West Coast hip hop classics and contemporary beat music, to an original score composed by hip hop stalwarts Oh No and The Alchemist, mixed and arranged by DJ Shadow. GTA V is a true goldmine for (new) music.
The fourth episode of Red Bull Music Academy’s web series H∆SHTAG$ is all about beats. Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Lunice, The Gaslamp Killer, Benji B, Shlohmo and XXYYXX talk in short bits and pieces about the rise of the beat scene, bedroom productions, Low End Theory, and how a new wave of producers transformed both hip hop and electronic music.
For all fans of a dubstep persuasion, the first track ‘Love and Machines’ marks an easy entry point with the demonic tones of Spaceape, the eternal preacher of dark dubstep, opening proceedings albeit with swirls of loops and bleeps accompanying his musings. Yet what follows henceforth is anything but conventional, as in true Brainfeeder style, rhythms and textures are constantly turned inside out, meddled with and distorted almost at will, with Martyn’s careful craftsmanship coming to the fore.