Boomkat Product Review:
"Composed and performed on a hybrid digital/analog synth (Roland Juno 106) and the MPC, and textured with live instrumentation, Oakland-based musician Matt Tamarillo aka Shortcircles’ debut full length release is an impressive, lush electronic outing that recalls Boards of Canada, Floating Points, or Gold Panda, while the beats are in a class with Teebs or Bonobo. It’s a solid follow up to the self-released “Mapzzz” EP from 2011. Featured on the record are the Bay Area’s James & Evander, who lend to the layered, deconstructed, chill-wave result. Born and raised in Escondido, CA, Enamored of hip-hop early on (Sadat X and early Common via AND1 mixtapes) and smitten by MF DOOM in 8th grade, Matt Tamarillo has fused his early hip-hop influences with a knack for creating blissed-out bedroom productions. Inspired by Four Tet, Teebs, Floating Points and DJ Shadow, home schooled in music by a huge library of vinyl accumulated in crate digger fashion in San Francisco, the Shortcirlces sound is hard to pin-point, one he describes as a “peaceful sound”. With that mindset he set out to craft a full length without having an outlet for it. When his friend Elephant & Castle heard the album he put Shortcircles in touch with his own label, Plug Research (Flying Lotus, Dntel), who promptly added him to the roster."