Duke Slammer – What Four? (Bonus Round)

November 13, 2012

The new EP from Luke Sanger aka Duke Slammer (the man behind last years out-of-nowhere album ‘every body sweat’) ranges from pensive techno beauty in Pixel Melody to poo-your-pants puerile 8-bit hip hop with What Four.

Sound Good?

Well it is.

Pixel Melody gives us a glimpse of the more conventional sound that Mr Slammer is capable of (or rather – what he is willing to show off) – with some achingly pretty staccato melody coupled with Roland claps and kicks and a west coast-whistle chucked in for good measure.

Doo Wot conjures up the audio equivalent of Mike Flowers Pops and Aphex Twin fucking around with the speed settings on a technics 1210 with surprisingly entertaining results. Freaky stuff.

Cacofonix continues this unsettling pitch-bendery a little further – and introduces some wandering strings, 8 bit bass and wiggling melodies that never seem to sit still – but you cant help but wonder – is Mr Slammer laughing at us now – or trying to make us listen?

The Dude Would Approve completes our journey into complete sonic-japery and it all starts to make sense from here… This EP has cut its teeth as much from Clinton as it has from U-ziq. The lead moog gets rolled out seemingly just for the fuck of it – with surprisingly nice results. If the dude didn’t approve – he would certainly abide.

The last three tracks on this EP are versions of standout track What For featuring the little known Diagnostik80’s. The instrumental chugs pleasingly into the guts of an 8-bit computer or Quarta 330’s sampler. The two vocal versions (‘dirty’ or ‘clean-ish’) are spearheaded by Diagnostik80’s infectious robotic delivery and pleasingly puerile subject matter which despite its deliberate stupidity – still carries enough vocal dexterity to keep the most seasoned of MC/Rap fans happy.

So – in short:

Increasingly stupid.? Yes.

Worth space on your I-pod? Definitely.

The label are keeping this one pretty close to their chest, so no audio clips til closer to December, so in the meantime here’s the banger Everybody Sweat..

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