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Proximal's Sahy Uhns offers free 'Montebello Postpartum' remix

October 19, 2011 |  3:50 pm

Those versed in L.A.’s ever evolving beat scene may have encountered the haywire electronic soundscapes of Sahy Uhns (pronounced "science").  On Tuesday, the co-founder of local label Proximal Records unleashed a full-length debut, “An Intolerant Disdain of Underlings.” We managed to get our hands on a copy of a reworked version of the album's main single, "Montebello Postpartum (Tenterhooks ReWrite)."

The artist, born Carl Madison, funnels his ideas through custom-designed software, hardware, modified instruments and found sounds, deconstructing hip-hop and electro tropes and then puzzling them back together in fascinating (and sometimes head-scratching) ways.

Calibrating ears to phenomena of everyday noise, the remixed version of the track, while intricate and contemplative, isn't as danceable as the original. Smooth boom-bap passages are replaced with looped and choppy drums and ambient synth flourishes that turn “Montebello” into a beat meant to be absorbed with eyes closed.

'Montebello Postpartum (Tenterhooks ReWrite)' by Sahy Uhns

Montebello Postpartum (Tenterhooks ReWrite) by natejackson

'Monebello Postpartum' (original) by Sahy Uhns

Montebello Postpartum by proximalrecords


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Photo: Sahy Uhns.  Credit: Proximal Records