Here is an artist that was, I believe, stumbled upon through the vast chasms of Soundcloud by Lauren this past year. If there's anyone's musical judgement I trust completely, it's Lauren's. I mean, that's why we started this passion project in the first place, because we loved sharing music with each other.
Flamingosis is one of those musicians who Lauren shared, and I blindly downloaded, trusting it would be good. His album has since been a go-to for casual beats on many occasions. For example, I recently moved in to an apartment in San Francisco; on one of the first days I found myself at home alone, so took it upon myself to dance around the living room to his track "1978", repetitively throughout the afternoon. (Appropriately so - this song samples Diana Ross' "It's My House")
Typically, I don't listen to much music created by 'bedroom producers' or 'beat makers', but there is something about the way Aaron Velasquez composes his samples and beats that makes me, dare I say it, want to boogie. His self-titled album samples some brilliantly nostalgic artists, and all rolls together so smoothly, like an Irish coffee, or Baileys and hot chocolate.
We recently saw Velasquez play in New York. After arriving to catch the end of what appeared to be an improv rap-battle open mic night, we witnessed Aaron take the stage as Flamingosis to show the amateurs how it's done; a quick beat-boxing session, laying down smooth flavoured beats, and overall, salvaging the night.
His album is free to download on Bandcamp via Keats Collective, and I would strongly recommend it to accompany a Sunday afternoon by the pool, a productive night in with a glass of red, or even your next rooftop soirée.