Slugabed
DO U C ME THO/U RIGHT


3.0
good

Review

by TMobotron CONTRIBUTOR (21 Reviews)
December 18th, 2013 | 9 replies | 499 views


Release Date: 12/02/2013 | Tracklist


With his habit of playing around with some of the newer ideas in hip-hop, it’s unsurprising that Slugabed eventually decided to try his hand in the trap game. With his awareness of functional and captivating sounds under hip-hop’s wide umbrella, it’s also unsurprising that the aesthetic he aims for with “DO U C ME THO” seems to borrow a bit from TNGHT’s “Higher Ground” horn worship. Despite the use of these aggressive sounds, Slugabed never lets go of the hovering, airy synths that last year’s Time Team displayed so prominently, which fortunately allows some of his charm to show through in the mix. Elsewhere, it’s hard to find. Combining the heavy impact of the horns with his lighter synth style runs the obvious risk of creating a track that fails to hit aggressively but is too functional to leave room for the lighter synth work, landing tepidly somewhere in the middle. But fortunately, Slugabed keeps one calculated hand on either style throughout the 2-track EP, and while he does sacrifice a bit of the relentless aggression that the tracks’ make-up could otherwise capitalize on, he manages to control both aspects of the sound fairly well. The result is a work that appeals on various levels, even if “DO U C ME THO”’s fittingly light whistling leads in the second half harken back to some of trap’s more gimmicky productions, which unfortunately raises the question of whether or not Slugabed is imitating producers far less talented and creative than himself.

On the flip side of things, “U RIGHT” is similarly split between the dancefloor tie-ins of rhythmic horn play and Slugabed atmospherics, though its more aggressive sections owe themselves more to grime than anything else. “U RIGHT” overall feels a bit more like Slugabed exploring the possibilities of the styles he’s playing with, and in doing so it feels slightly less formulaic. There’s still a very noticeable lack of much of the defining characteristics from Slugabed’s most memorable output, but at the track’s peak it still hits hard, though it’s also undeniably less focused than “DO U C ME THO”.

Taken at face value, DO U C ME THO / U RIGHT is without a doubt an entertaining release, but it’s hard not to look at some of Slugabed’s earlier work and think that he’s dropping his own unique style and character for something more generic. It’s difficult to come down hard on the music here considering that both tracks, for the most part, accomplish what they set out to do. They’re fairly easy to enjoy, but they do very little to carve out their own style or really even remain memorable after initial listens. If these were the early works of a young producer, it would be easy to enjoy the positive qualities found here. However, for a producer like Slugabed, who proved early on in his career with tracks like “Quantum Leap” and “Gotyamoney” that he’s capable of accomplishing everything here using much more unique and inventive styles, it’s hard to look at this as anything other than a producer who is loaded with potential setting the bar much too low. Fun, yes. Creative, no.



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TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2013



6943 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So yeah, I dig these tracks, but they really don't compare to the glitchy, intricate stuff he's put out in the past. I really hope he returns to that style and soon.

But both tracks here can be streamed for free below, so why not check them out?

http://slugabed.net/

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TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2013



6943 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Also, I apologize for blemishing the front page with this disgusting album art.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2013



4235 Comments


Interesting that you were able to get that much material out of 2 tracks

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TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2013



6943 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You should see my Kastle review

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2013



3030 Comments


sweet man, have a pos. got this off the Ninja Tune/Big Dada drip.fm but still haven't listened, should do that soon

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YakNips
December 18th 2013



4913 Comments


that is one hell of a cover

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Rev
December 18th 2013



9298 Comments


awesome review dude


will check this out

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2013



30316 Comments


Did not like this at all

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TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2013



6943 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah brostep and rev I think you'll both at least get a kick out of these tracks.



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