It has been a minute since we posted a proper track from West Coast beat-kid extraordinaire Shlohmo, but listening to “Places,” it seems that the wait was well worth it. If this song is any indication, Shlohmo has been absorbing some smoother sounds lately, along the lines of say D’Angelo and others from the late-’90s neo-soul heyday, and flipped them seamlessly into his repertoire. The trademark stuttering clicks, pops, claps, and hiss that we’ve come to know and love are all still here, but thrown into the mix is a sultry guitar, gasps of falsetto vocals, and countless gorgeous melodies. One might even say that “Places,” the title track from his forthcoming digital-only EP, is a step towards maturity as beat music goes, perhaps taking us a small step away from merely nodding our heads and taking a small step toward scratching our chins in contemplation as well. Places (artwork above) is set to drop March 15, followed by a “Places” b/w “Seriously” (a non-EP song) 7″ that will be for sale at Shlohmo’s upcoming performances during the Magical Properties 3 tour with Daedelus and Tokimonsta. You can check those tour dates after the jump.

Magical Properties 3 Tour Dates:
March 15, Dallas, TX @ Trees
March 16-18, Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 20, New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf
March 22, Oxford, MS @ The Lyric
March 23, Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
March 25, Tallahassee, FL @ Engine Room
March 27, Miami, FL @ Ultra
April 1, Syracuse, NY @ Wescott Theater
April 2, Brooklyn, NY @ MHOW
April 5, Montreal, WC @ La Belmont
April 6, Buffalo, NY @ Soundlab
April 7, Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
April 9, Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
April 13, Denver, CO @ Cervantes
April 14, Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
April 16, Indo, CA @ Coachella
April 18, Arcata, CA @ Humbrews
April 20, Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
April 21, Portland, OR @ Branx
April 23, Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse