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Jonti & Jonwayne drop track ahead of Low End Theory appearance

December 14, 2011 | 12:31 pm

South African-by-way-of-Australia transplant Jonti has done a good job dispelling the notion of Los Angeles being a tough town to crack. In only a few months, the Stones Throw-signed recent L.A. resident has collaborated with Hodgy Beats of Odd Future, lined up gigs at the Low End Theory (Wednesday), Futura (Friday), the Stones Throw anniversary party (Dec. 22) and dropped a new collaboration with the prolific and precocious Jonwayne (who is in the middle of hosting a month-long residency at Low End Theory).

The track "Uh Oh" is brief but battle-tested, which bodes well for future collaborations between the pair. Earlier this year, Jonti's very strong debut, "Twirligig," summoned left-field lounge psychedelia full of tropical colors and baroque arrangements. Splitting the difference between Madlib and Panda Bear, it radiated with disorienting loops, hazy vocals and phosphorescent beats.

On Tuesday, Stones Throw also announced the official signing of a New York-based ex-law student-turned-rapid-fire-MC, Homeboy Sandman. When Pop & Hiss profiled him last year, it hailed Sandman's "relationship with meter, space and modality that alternately recalls a free-jazz-man, his hero Black Thought and the avant-rap stylings of West Coast legends Freestyle Fellowship."

His latest cut, "NY Nights," finds him stepping into the Stones Throw aesthetic in full stride, a jazz-cracked and dust-covered slice of speed rap, with Sandman balacing the beat's nostalgic feel with the desire to tackle uncharted vocal rhythms in each bar.

MP3: Jonti + Jonwayne -- 'Uh Oh'

MP3: Homeboy Sandman -- 'NY Nights'


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-- Jeff Weiss