Prior to having the hipster scene ruined for him at a Fleet Foxes show and subsequently reverting into another classic rock phase, my brother plied me—nay, barraged me—with Star Slinger songs. This fellow loved Star Slinger’s music, and he wasn’t afraid to show it, and for that I am thankful. A month or two ago, after hearing yet another good’n by the UK producer, I frantically searched for Star Slinger’s Bandcamp and then immediately downloaded the first album I saw: the appropriately titled “Volume 1”, featuring a song I was familiar with: the also appropriately-titled “Copulate” (link NSFW). For only $5 (though, there is of course the option to give more), Star Slinger’s surprisingly hi-fi debut mixtape was mine!
Immediately cuing it up and turning it up to 11, I was blown away by how funky fresh it sounded, the multitude of different tones whirling around throughout the short duration of each track, the variety of sounds featured throughout the mini-album, and how soulful and emotional the whole outing was. Integrating lo-fi samples, like Pogo, and sassy classic jams, like Teengirl Fantasy, Star Slinger then slings these two components through a carefully crafted recipe comprised of well placed Gold Panda-esque dancefloor beats and vocal cut montages straight out of a Lusine album. Exotic, saucy, energetic, and boasting a prolific library of work, I can tell you for a fact that I inevitably ended up collecting the entirety of Star Slinger’s fun and interesting discography, no matter the cost. Do tha right thing and do the same over at his Bandcamp, for a more than reasonable price, considering the quality of da tunez!
Anoraak is one of those rare artists that is actually able to make disco sound good—italo-disco, in particular. Bringing the beats home all the way from France, his sneaky take on the local word for “jacket” and pleasingly vintage sound is offset by something that a lot of chillwave and downtempo music rarely features: unrestrained joy. Leaving the sugary sweet botox smile aspect of happier-sounding electronic music by the wayside, Anoraak’s particular brand of nostalgia is that of relaxation and unabashed optimism. Similar to a hipper, more active spin off of fellow Frenchmen Air, he totally eschews the confines of chill music with “Nightdrive With You”, a little-known mini-album, available by import only in les États-Unis. Anoraak is best known for his most recent effort “Wherever the Sun Sets”, more specifically, his standout track (available on hipster mixtapes nationwide ) “Above Your Head”, which is good, but not near as driving and powerful as this hidden gem. Wafting, floating, glistening, Anoraak’s “Nightdrive With You” requires mild suspension of disbelief when it comes to the delightfully awkward Nantes synthpop-esque vocal delivery, but is nonetheless the unrivaled soundtrack for the post-high school prom nightdrive, football star and class beauty hand in hand. Featuring probably the most kickass cover art I’ve seen in ages, do tha right thing and allow this short, but vibrantly naive mini-album to transport you back a decade or two, smiles abounding. Get it digitally via iTunes or Amazon, and be sure to let me know if you’re able to get a hard copy for a reasonable price at any lesser known site.