Ten Artists Glitch Mob Fans Will Love

In this week's main music feature, New Times caught up with Justin Boreta, or just Boreta, of the Los Angeles trio the Glitch Mob. The kind-of-post-hip-hop, kind-of-downtempo, all-electronic, all-awesome group plays Revolution next Tuesday with opening sets from similarly synth-loving but similarly warm acts Phantogram and Com Truise.

But while those acts will nicely complement the show for Glitch Mob's fans, a famously diverse and open-minded bunch, they come from outside the scene in which the headliners came up. Glitch Mob is known to be part of the extended universe of the L.A. circle centered loosely around the Low End Theory weekly club and underground labels like Alpha Pup and Brainfeeder.

And it's an allegiance with which Boreta proudly aligned himself in our article. "At one point, we were this funky little club. But we are just fortunate to be at a point in time in the U.S. where there's been a wave of interest in electronic music as a legitimate form of music," he said.

So who are their musical peers? If you're a hard-core Glitch Mob addict, you may already know. But if you're just digging into their oh-so po-mo sound, here are ten other artists you'll love, in absolutely random order.

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Origin: Los Angeles
Label: Alpha Pup

All right, so this is kind of cheating, because edIT is the solo moniker of Ed Ma, i.e., one-third of Glitch Mob. But it's one of the most influential solo/side projects of the group members and preexisted the group, anyways. Ma was a resident DJ at the hugely influential weekly L.A. party Konkrete Jungle -- a bridge party between the jungle and hip-hop scenes -- before going on to help cofound the Low End Theory. Unsurprisingly, his own material crosses crackling, beat- and soul-driven electronic genres.

Top Tracks: "Ants" (below), "Ashtray," "LTLP"

Nosaj Thing
Origin: Los Angeles
Label: Alpha Pup

The artist born Jason Chung started self-releasing his own glitchy, left-field material as a teenager before finally landing on Alpha Pup for his proper 2009 debut album, Drift. A former drumline geek, percussive preciseness features heavily in his tracks, which also slide along on moody, murky synths.

Top Tracks: "Aquarium" (below), "Fog," "IOIO"

Flying Lotus
Origin: Los Angeles
Labels: Plus Research, Warp, Hyperdub, and of course Brainfeeder (his own!)

At just 27 years old, Flying Lotus is already sort of one of the granddaddies of the underground L.A. post-hip-hop scene. By his early 20s, he was already releasing left-field tracks for killer U.K. labels like Hyperdub and Warp but eventually founded his own imprint, Brainfeeder, to continue to curate a particular musical aesthetic. Much of his tracks sound more firmly hip-hop-derived, though that doesn't make them any less multilayered or weird than some of the other artists on this list.

Top Tracks: "Zodiac Shit" (below), "Do the Astral Plane," "Massage Situation"

The Gaslamp Killer
Origin: Los Angeles via San Diego
Label: Brainfeeder

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that this artist, born William Benjamin Bensussen, cribbed his name from the Gaslamp district of his native San Diego. After cutting his teeth there as a scratch-driven downtempo kind of guy, he decamped to Los Angeles and eventually also helped cofound the Low End Theory. These days, he's known as one of its most unpredictable and creative performers; his mixes and original material can crisscross from hip-hop to straight-up turntablist stuff, to dubstep to psychedelia and beyond. He's signed to Brainfeeder, which is Flying Lotus' label.

Top Tracks: "Anything Worse" (below), "Turk Mex," "Fun Over 100"

Origin: San Francisco
Labels: Ninja Tune, Warp, Planet Mu, Ancestor

It can take a few minutes to unpack songs by San Francisco-based Eskmo, who specializes in superglitchy, cinematic tracks that sometimes threaten to sputter to a stop altogether. Approach each track as a journey with an almost narrative payoff rather than as a dance tune and you'll be rewarded with a cosmic mood journey.

Top Tracks: "Cloudlight" (below), "We Got More," "Lands and Bones"

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