Of all the projects that Flea has pursued outside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, his work with Atoms For Peace— that other group fronted by Thom Yorke—might be the most radical shift you’ll ever hear him make. It’s not just that the music is dark, stripped-down, and relentlessly electronic; it’s that he can fold himself so effortlessly into the atmospherics, emulating a circuit-bent tone generator (on the creepy title track) or a wobbly Moog (in the breakout single “Judge, Jury and Executioner”) while leaving his unmistakable fingerprints on the result.
CD Review: Bill Laswell "The Process"
How do you think it’d sound if bass magus Bill Laswell and his fretted, fretless, clean, and effected P-Basses got together with drummer Chad Smith—yes, the Red Hot Chili Pepper—and young New Orleans keyboard master Jon Batiste? If you guessed that it’d be spiritual and sweaty, and that you might hear Smith as you’ve never heard him before, you’d be right.