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Former Flosstradamus producer Josh Young keeps the party going as YehMe2 

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Yehme2

Jesse Lirola

Local electronic production duo Flosstradamus, aka Curt “Autobot” Cameruci and Josh “J2K” Young, rose to fame in the late aughties by forging EDM’s propulsive power with trap rap’s percussive ingenuity. In 2013 Young reminisced with former Reader music writer Miles Raymer about the creative freedom he found during the group’s nadir: “No one was watching. You know how people say ‘dance like nobody’s looking?’ It was like ‘produce like nobody’s listening.’ I was making music for me and Curt only.” That changed as Flosstradamus got bigger, and at the tail end of last year Young announced he was parting ways with Cameruci. “The ideas started to get a little stale or a little convoluted, and it wasn’t really authentically me or authentically Curt at the point,” he told Billboard in February. This year he’s gone solo as YehMe2—and he seems intent on pulverizing the barriers that separate pop styles. On July’s Steal This Mixtape 2 he supersizes Selena’s “Como la Flor,” adding layers of percussion and, crucially, the carnival xylophone loop from the Showboys’ “Drag Rap” that has become foundational to New Orleans bounce music. Later in the mixtape he disembowels Chicago’s “Street Player” and subsumes its sweet, polite disco into gut-churning, throbbing bass on “Street Bomb.” Whatever constraints Young felt at the end of Flosstradamus have clearly evaporated.   v

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