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Selections: Slauson Malone 1

In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, New York-based multidisciplinary musician Slauson Malone 1 spotlights acoustic oddities, ambient gems, breakneck singeli, cello jazz and post-jungle weapons

Jasper Marsalis is taking electronic music into fresh, innovative spaces. Describing his latest musical proxy, Slauson Malone 1, as a performance piece, the New York-based artist writes and performs intimate, theatrical sketches with touchstones in jazzy post-rap, lo-fi, ambient hip-hop, and beyond. 

His eccentric approach caught the attention of Warp, with whom the multi-instrumentalist released his sophomore LP, ‘EXCELSIOR’, in October. Embodying the perpetual ascent Malone 1 has found himself on since the release of his 2019 full-length ‘A Quiet Farwell, 2016-2018 (Crater Speak)’, the record crystallised his identity as a sonic disruptor with an ear for a velvety groove. Whispered raps and atmospheric strings fuse with syrupy, modulated vocals on cuts like ‘Voyager’ and ‘Divider’, while the looped guitars and synths of ‘I Hear A New World’ nod to experimental trailblazers like Blood Orange or King Krule – whom Marsalis recently toured the West Coast with.

It’s an indiscriminate energy that flows throughout everything Malone 1 curates, including his contributions to DJ Mag’s Selections which span acoustic oddities, ambient gems, breakneck singeli, jazz and post-jungle weapons. Check them out below. 

Buy/listen to ‘EXCELSIOR’ here.

Joanne Robertson
‘Blue Car [AD 93]’

“Perfect for stillness. Generous austerity for acoustic guitar and vocals.”

‘Meant Like This’ [The Trilogy Tapes]

“Perfect for leaving. Thick, syrupy, sludge of post-post-post jungle. Been a REZZETT fan for ages.”

‘Forever Changes’ [Elektra Records]

“Perfect for touching grass. Arthur Lee is my compass.”

Laurel Halo
‘Atlas’ [Awe]

“Perfect for health. Thank you for creating space, I didn't know I needed this.”

DJ Travella
’Mr Mixondo’ [Nyege Nyege Tapes]

“Perfect for club. Conjures feelings of overwhelming joy. Highly contagious.”

Various Artists
‘Sounds of Pamoja’ [Nyege Nyege Tapes]

“Perfect for ENERGY. Nothing else sounds like this, we're all lifetimes behind.”

Abdul Wadud
By Myself [Gotta Groove Records]

“Perfect for existence. Solo cello illustrating multitudes.”