Toothbrush / Booth Thrust is the Austrian producer's second appearance on Flying Lotus' label, following last year's The Nature of Imitation album. It's made of two tracks, "previously unreleased classics," made between 2012 and ' 13.
Johnson originally shared "Toothbrush" with a handful of DJ friends, and it was subsequently rinsed by Rustie, Mark Pritchard, and Modeselektor; while an early incomplete demo of "Booth Thrust" was posted on his Soundcloud profile.
"These two songs play a really important role in my live shows," Johnson says. "Even though they're older, I've never gotten bored of playing them out and always feel inspired to try out new things when improvising over them. I thought it would make sense to let go of them because people had to basically come to my shows to hear them in full."
The quirky pitchy sound on "Toothbrush" was found on an old MiniDisc, a throwback to his early live shows. "Before I could afford a laptop, I used to perform with two MiniDisc players and a keyboard that I'd connect to the DJ mixer," he explains. "This release is a nod to that time, where I was still doing things very intuitively and with limited means. It's funny to revisit older music because, similar to seeing a picture of yourself from the past, there is something inherently alien about it. You know that you made it but have troubles remembering the process or intention. Your own past can become a source of inspiration."
The release comes on limited edition orange vinyl with cover artwork from Joseph Durnan.
B. Booth Thrust
Toothbrush / "Booth Thrust 12" and digital is out via Brainfeeder on August 2, with "Toothbrush" streaming below.