Originally pressed as an ultra limited hand-signed 10” release, Gaslamp Killer’s My Troubled Mind was bumped into the digital universe courtesy of Flying Lotus’ Brain Feeder label earlier this month. Known around the world for his wicked DJ sets (e.g. his Hella International 2009 set) GLK has shown promising signs of outgrowing the turntables and elevating into a well-rounded producer.
The short EP-style release works well for artists, like GLK, who have a tremendous club scene buzz. Though the total run time may leave something to be desired, three out of the seven tracks (those that are actually full-length songs), can best be understood as regrooved Roger Corman soundtracks and other B-movie horror films from the 50s and 60s. GLK conjures a moody mindscape like a trip through a house of 1,000 organ grinders and a carnival of theremin echoes, all backed by his lead foot drum programming.
As a forecast for things to come, My Troubled Mind's future-psych is a great teaser dosage, but if you're in dire need of a little more GLK venom, many free mixes can be found on his MySpace. And, if you can find a copy of his OBEY Records mix release I Spit on Your Grave, (with tracks by Roots Manuva, Flying Lotus, among others), it's guaranteed satisfaction.