Saturday, 26 February 2011

Recommended music: 'Volume 1' by Star Slinger

Star Slinger, or Nottinghamshire-born Darren Williams as he's more commonly known, describes his music as 'instrumental hip-hop'. It allows him to indulge his love of old records and give him the opportunity to spend hours scouring record shops in search of lost gems. The tracks are built up from tiny snippets of songs and then lovingly crafted. And they're not the usual batch of samples either - Volume 1 contains bits of songs by Prefab Sprout (on Extra Time), Big Country (on the amusingly-titled Bumpkin) and even Musical Youth (possibly a sample too far). Think DJ Shadow crossed with The Avalanches and you'll have an idea of what you can expect to hear.

Volume 2 is due to follow soon, and Star Slinger is also building up a reputation as the 'go to' guy for indie remixes, having done work for Small Black, Broken Social Scene and The Go! Team. His mix of Gold Panda's 'Marriage' is out in a week or so.

You can listen to the album, and follow the link to buy it, below.

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