Today (Feb 15th), San Francisco DJ/producer Mophono
releases the genre pioneering new album Cut Form Crush
on CB Records.
On it, the artist presents the three genres he calls
Dirt Wave, Thug Jazz, and Skip on Beat. Last year Mophono, who also goes by the name of DJ Centipede
, did a record with a project called Mophono's Halftone Society
on Bastard Jazz Records,
a cool small label out of Brooklyn that another Bay Area DJ/producer/remixer DJ Platurn
has also recently released a record through.
For Cut Form Crush
, which should appeal to fans of instrumental hip-hop and glitch-hop type beats, Mophono is joined by San Francisco's MC Subverse
on "Rep," the album's only non-instrumental track, and by famed LA producer Flying Lotus
on the track "Cut Form Crunch." Another LA based DJ/production talent, Gaslamp Killer,
will be joining Mophono, along with Citizen Ten
, in San Francisco this weekend when the artist will be throwing a record release party for Cut Form Crush
on Saturday, Feb 19th at SOM Bar
. Meantime, the album (which will be released on both CD and vinyl) arrives in Amoeba Music today. Recently I caught up with Mophono to talk about the new record and his career to date.
For those who don't know about you, can you give us some history about you as an artist, including releases that people should be aware of?
: I grew up DJ'ing hip-hop and instrumental, experimental, and electronic music at raves and underground warehouse parties throughout the Bay Area since 1995. Before that it was just a hobby that started from listening to shit like the Beastie Boys, EPMD
, and the Art Of Noise
. I also definitely was inspired by my older brother, who played me a lot of rap, punk and industrial music, sandwiched with my mother and father's psychedelic folk background.