Boomkat Product Review:
Heads up - this is the debut full length from LA's recent Stones Throw signing, Jonwayne and it's a peach! Jonwayne is a member of the WEDIDIT Collective, a gaggle of LA-based beatmakers counting Shlohmo and Elan in their number. 'Bowser' is the first we've heard from him, but it's sure to make a lasting impression. Evidently he's got a very unique spin on the whole West Coast psych-boogie sound, sharing a taste for the frilliest riffs with Dâm Funk, but also a a crushed 8-bit vibe nodding to Ras-G, and all wrapped up in this weirdly off-kilter tuning and beats that range from ultra-minimalist machine funk like 'Longest Night' to skewed lo-fi neck snappers like 'Trilla G'. There's also a correlation with James Pants to the extent that they're both out on their own planets in terms of juxtaposed arrangements and weirdo harmonics, but Jonwayne's sound is more in love with a modern HipHop and synths than referencing old pop like Pants. To be fair, the detuned sounds may be a bit too much for the strickly orthodox heads, but what's he's doing is actual quite individual and worthy of closer inspection. Recommended!