At 20 years old, Nick Perloff, better known as the producer/DJ, Flaxo, has already made some big moves from the footsteps of Flume, the undisputed pioneer of the future genre. Hailing from San Francisco, Flaxo moved to New York at the age of 18, and that’s where his music career began to take off. Starting off with remixes of Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna and playing college parties, Flaxo soon drew inspiration from the European dance music scene - the lack of bottle service, social hierarchy in clubs, and the people who had a true interest in the music - and he began to take his music in a new direction. As a teenager, the talented artist challenged himself to create music that was pure and beautiful - music that was not too clearly pop or dance, rather create music that Perloff was proud of. From these inspirations came Flaxo’s latest output, the Sleepover EP, consisting of three beautiful future bass tracks.  

The title track of the EP, “Sleepover,” is a future bass masterpiece, with a glitchy bass line, chopped and screwed vocal samples and flying arpeggios that give the track a clear Flume vibe. “Warmer Climates” is an emotion-laden ambient track, with vocal samples of New York City, that infuse the track with a lightheartedness and cloudiness that is nearly unmatched in any other production. The last track, “Only You,” goes back to Flaxo’s future bass roots, with gliding synth stabs and a driving electro riff.

Flaxo drew inspiration from his Sleepover EP from New York. The sounds and feelings in the track come directly from the city, and as Flaxo explains, “This is a nostalgic record – I wanted it to feel like voices from the past were coming through old speakers, kind of sonic ghosts. So the first thing I did when I got back to New York was grab a tape recorder and wander through places I thought sounded like New York to me – MLK and 125th in Harlem, Canal and Church near Chinatown, the middle of Central Park – and I got the sounds that you kind of tune out but you miss when they’re gone.”

The Sleepover EP is available as a free download, so there’s no excuse not to have this gem of an EP in your library.

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