The track "Moon-beam Rider" by Slugabed brings to mind two alien pimps driving around in a hydraulically bouncing car while they search for some space dust to snort. It's a mighty fine piece of galactic space funk that oozes awesomeness. The Brighton, England-based electronic artist (aka Greg Feldwick) makes music that's been called "wonky," which means he mixes up jagged hip-hop beats (inspired by the late hip-hop producer J Dilla) with gurgling bass and rubbery synths that sound like bleeps and bloops from an old-school Nintendo game.
At times, listening to Slugabed's music is akin to watching a pinball darting around inside a machine. Tunes like "Sun Too Bright Turn It Off," off his latest EP of the same name, features lush melodies that move up and down octaves within a few seconds while a slinky beat sways to and fro like a sailor drunk on whiskey and high on ether. "Whirlpool" utilizes a raygun-sounding synth to devastating effect. This cat is definitely one of the most visionary producers in the genre.
Slugabed plays the Palace with Oakland's NastyNasty and locals MetaTron and Feldman. $15/$10 advance at Ear Candy Music, with a $5 surcharge for ages 18-20.