Star Slinger, Slinger of…
New to my ears, Star Slinger popped up after a friend dropped me a recommendation on Facebook (thanks Ciaren!). All it really took was one listen and my interest was sparked. His sublime, melodic beats, weaved together with pitched up soul vocals, and on-point sampling, went down a treat. A quick trawl through his Soundcloud revealed a veritable treasure trove of high quality original productions and remixes.
A Manchester born 24 year old, Star Slinger has risen to fame in a relatively short amount of time. His releases over the scope of about two years have garnered interest from high end producers such as Diplo, Jamie XX and Benji B, to name a few. Hard to pin-point, his sound lays somewhere between hip-hop yet with an exceptional twist that hints towards an indie influence – almost bordering on that whole “chill-wave” sound that’s going on. Making great use of warm and enveloping synth and bass lines, his remixes are able to totally transform a track and make them into a uniquely sounding piece all his own. Not to be over shadowed, his original productions also stand tall and ooze with the same quality.
Sitting here after downloading 24 of his freely available tracks, Im astounded at the amount of music he’s been willing to give away for free. A sign of the times and the effect the digital age is having on producers, perhaps? Listening through it all, it stands out that SS’ productions are heavily reliant on sampling, and probably something that works against him when attempting a release. It’s comforting however to see him pushing Vinyl releases on a selection of his releases – an avenue I am a big fan of, and all too willing to support!
Anyway, I’ve listed some of my favourites from his Soundcloud page. If you like what you hear, go show him some support!
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Tags: Benji B, Chill Wave, Diplo, Hip-Hop, Indie, Jamie XX, Star Slinger