Slugabed is an emerging UK electronic music producer, whose sound is defined by minimal beats, wonky atmospheres and an overall wide-eyed, innocent playful approach. His newest album 'Inherit The Earth' has been a much-anticipated release since the lead single 'Infinite Wave' dropped a few months back. This track is able to take you on a soothing, but warped journey with playful wandering and bouncing, yet low key beats as well as other elements coming into play, such as crashes percussion and calming breathers to give the song twists and turns. The rest of the album is here now and whole thing is quite the adventure.
After a quick, scuzzy intro track, 'Stupid Earth' properly kicks this record off with fluorescent, sunny textures before some more engine-starting-like sweeping enters as well as more warped, clunky beats. The track continues to switch up between being warm and mechanical giving an interesting juxtaposition and balance, which is bound to grab your attention.
'Levitating Above My Own Useless Body' is more mellow and has a bit of a frown on it. There's still something of a childlike nature to Slugabed's sound here, but like it's not really in the mood to play, the way these moody, yet bright beats just stumble along. On the flipside 'Gold' is soulful and has a swagger to it, with the assistance of Hairy Hands and Peter Lyons, providing swerving, loose vocals. Slugabed's own work on this track features the textures bursting into these quick sprints of jittering to keep things bendy.
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22 year-old Greg Feldwick aka Slugabed is certainly making a name for himself in the UK. Originally from Bath and having moved to Brighton, he managed to establish himself there and get spotted by Ninja Tune having remixed Roots Manuva's classic single 'Witness'; he has gone on to remix other tracks from label mates such as Eskmo and Stateless. Influenced by bass sounds such as grime, drum and bass and breakbeat, Slugabed is stretching these influences by introducing modern electro sounds and other classical elements to the mix.
'Mountains Come Out Of The Sky' certainly highlights a compelling sound that is introspective and deep. The fusion of progressive sounds makes for a sophisticated listen that is engrossing and reflective. There's some cool remixes on this track and 'I Dreamt I Could Skate-Board Really Well' is a track that is definitely a well-produced tune and full of character. A cool single, I think, and it seems Slugabed is someone to watch out for in the future.
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As a confirmatory signal that you're in the moment and giving the zeitgeist the seeing-to of its life, getting a commission to remix Roots Manuva's classic Witness (1 Hope) for last year's epoch defining Ninja Tune retrospective is a door opening; that the criminally under recognised artist liked it so much, that he now uses the version in his own live set is an accolade genuinely worth bragging about. It was an act of fandom even more unlikely given the boundary pushing liberties that Greg "Slugabed" Feldwick took with the original, removing its signature rolling synth-bassline and transporting the whole aesthetic from grim South London to Miami via fleshy, brash key pads that were rendered down directly from sweat-slick eighties funk.
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