If you have not heard any of Claude VonStroke’s music by now, you are in for some fresh sounds. Before you go and listen to his latest album, Urban Animal, make sure you check out his sophomore, full-length album, Bird Brain, to set yourself up for an exciting first impression. Drawing liberally from people like Paul Kalkbrenner and Ellen Allien, the San Francisco based producer solders ascending vocoder bars over pumping kicks, sliding in a buzzer-beating nominee for freshest album of 2009.
Overall, this is an easy collection to love. VonStroke—Barclay Crenshaw to his notary public—has a clear agenda here: Put the 415 area code back on house’s speed dial. With track titles like “California” and “Bay Area” coupled with a kick-heavy kit and a playfully old-school sample arsenal, he’s also doffing his hat to the days when DJ Shadow was king.
Our personal favorite track on the album is “Bay Area.” In trying to define the genre of this track, we came up with “Deep-Trap,” because it has elements of deep-house sounds and progression, as well as chill 808 drums that we find common in trap. Only with further research we learned that “Bay Area” is actually defined as “Ghettotech” by Claude VonStroke himself. This opened up a whole new genre and world of sound for us—we cannot wait to share more! So, go listen to Bird Brain, and then you should be ready for some of the freshest sounds that Urban Animal provides.
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