Friends of Friends Taps Shlohmo for a Healthy Dose of 'Pretty Boy Swag'


L.A. label Friends of Friends has quietly been rising over the last couple of years as a notable player in the experimental electronic scene. Now, just in time for the holidays, it's dropped Pop Massacre, a new label comp featuring interpretations of wonderfully low- and middlebrow pop from a high-minded stable of producers (including S.F.-resident Shlohmo's remix of Soulja Boy's "Pretty Boy Swag" ). And the best part? It's free.

Thirteen tracks span this compilation, which, in addition to the Shlomo/Soulja Boy combo, pits established artists such as Mariah Carey, Beach Boys, Britney Spears, A-ha, Katy Perry, Keith Sweat, Lady Gaga, and Prince up against their remixers, which include Strangeloop, The One AM Radio, Mexicans With Guns, Daedelus, Asura, and DNTEL.

On "Pretty Boy Swag," Shlohmo takes the frosty, minimal production of the original track and warms it up with some dusty vocal samples, clangy, off-kilter drums, and a wave of ominous, drone-y synths that kick in midway through. Daedelus also does a weird post-apocalyptic number on Prince's "I Would Die 4 U," opening up with booming, metallic, IDM-inspired noises before sneaking in a quiet, acoustic guitar to level it all out. You probably wouldn't even realize it was a Prince track if the actual chorus didn't kick in at the very end of the song.

But check it out for yourself. This will be the most warped interpretation of pop music you'll hear all day.

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