Four Tet + St. Andrew + Fuzz + Jonwayne photos from Low End Theory Los Angeles
All photography by SCV resident photographer Oliver Walker.
The line at Low End Theory last Wednesday was long enough to bend around the corner almost half a block last week as Four Tet made his way from New York for a scheduled late night date with Los Angeles. DJ Nobody introduced the crowd to some fresher selections from riff raff before the co-owners of Rabbit Records, St. Andrew and Fuzz took their respective turns on stage. During St. Andrew’s set he experimented with polyrhythms and dropped a Nocando track before the aforementioned rapped over a St. Andrew original.
Fuzz took to the stage next, churning out beats in between holding up his new Rabbit Records release for all to see. Fuzz laid down beats that stood at tip-toe, minimalistic jazz elements with tron-esque organ base layered underneath. A swift interlude featuring Daddy Kev playing songs from Alphapup/Brainfeeder signee’s Shlohmo and Thundercat commenced before Four Tet took to the stage amidst raucous cheers. To the surprise of many (myself included) Four Tet laid down an all vinyl set, dipping into his own oeuvre of music only periodically, like when he cut directly into the late stages of Love Cry towards the end of his set. Four Tet appeared to genuinely enjoy his time spinning records for the crowd, crouched behind the tables with an ear-to-ear grin noticeable over the slowly revolving LP’s. Every transition brought hands in the air, which only ever happens when the crowd is as familiar and expectant of the music as the guy performing is.
The end of his Four Tet’s set came too quickly, but Jonwayne immediately restored the energy by rick-rolling the audience into listening to Rick Astley before launching into his own raw and mind-bending material. This particular night Jonwayne showed his familiarity with his equipment by delivering part of his set with his beanie pulled all the way over his mouth, nose, and eyes and was still able to keep the crowd moving as he thrashed about on stage. Four Tet, St. Andrew, Fuzz, and all the usual suspects (residents) delivered yet another awesome Wednesday evening in Los Angeles.
Four Tet ‘Hands’