“Beck wanted something distinctive and driving. Like the bass was coming unhinged at every turn”: Listen to Justin Meldal-Johnsen’s bassline on Beck’s Sexx Laws

Beck during 1999 KROQ's Almost Acoustic X-Mas in Los Angeles, California, United States.
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Beck, the master of retro-hipster musical eclecticism, has been on the cultural radar for over two decades now, so it's easy to take his uniquely groovy stew for granted. But when an artist is drawing from genres as disparate as 1960s soul and R&B, '70s big-band Elvis, country, and hip-hop, it takes musicians who somehow get it all, are able to come up with parts that work every stylistic angle at once, and do it – on live gigs, anyway – while dancing. 

The guy who leads that charge is Beck's bassist, musical director, and friend of over 15 years, Justin Meldal-Johnsen.

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