The Low End Theory club night, Wednesdays at the Airliner in Lincoln Heights, is a staple in the L.A. hip hop community and with the success of last year’s inaugural Low End Theory Festival, it’s no wonder that founder Daddy Kev and his crew of resident MCs, Nocando, Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, and Nobody, brought the event back for a another round. The second iteration of Low End Theory Festival is going down on August 8 and tickets are on sale today.
While the program boasts major L.A. hip hop names such as Flying Lotus and Odd Future alum Earl Sweatshirt as well as rappers who have been making waves over the last couple of years (like La Habra’s Jonwayne), the schedule released yesterday, is also a smorgasbord of underground rappers and producers who are carving out their legacy as we speak.
There’s a lot of good stuff to look forward to at LET Fest, but if you’re in a pinch time-wise, here are five must-catch acts:
Under the alias Astronautica, 23-year-old Edrina Martinez is one of the coolest acts coming up on the L.A. beats scene right now. Centered around richly textured, almost psychedelic sonic landscapes of electronic sounds, Astronautica’s music is the perfect way to check out of the daily grind and elevated your consciousness to a much chiller level.
DJ House Shoes
Detroit bred but L.A. based DJ House Shoes, a.k.a. Michael Buchanan is by no means a newcomer, but he is criminally overlooked. House Shoes has produced for among others J Dilla Big Proof, Black Milk, Danny Brown, Guilty Simpson, Roc Marciano, and Chino XL just to name a few. For a guy who has been around since the mid-’90s, House Shoes’ beats are sharper than ever.
Hip hop quite literally flows through veins of L.A. producer Cazal Organism‘s veins. Born the son of Ulpiano Reyes (better known under his nom de rap, Mellow Man Ace) and the nephew of Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog, Organism is a fresh breath of air on the DJ scene. His surreal compositions bring outer space down to earth.
L.A.’s Mndsgn, pronounced “mind design,” is perhaps the most laid back producer in all of L.A., at least if you judge the guy solely by his deliciously smooth and carefree tunes. Mndsgn, whose real name is Ringgo Ancheta, put out his second album Yawn Zen last year on Stones Throw Records. If you haven’t already checked out this slab of ultra-chill tunes, make sure you do so before LET Fest.
Watts producer Dibia$e is a twelve time Beat Battle champion and rose to prominence on the freestyle rap scene in Leimert Park. Since the early 2000s, the producer has been dealing in eclectic hip hop, which sounds like classic soul and ’60s cool cat jazz mixed with a healthy dose of post-modern musical curiosity.