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Slam Skillet’s “Rachis” EP

slam skillet rachis

With hip-hop vocal samples and snare/hi-hat rolls aplenty, 20-year old Slam Skillet‘s “Rachis” EP seems to check all the pre-requisites of today’s electronic music production. Yet unlike most music by basement beatmakers, the first track, “Yukon,” begins with a bird-song sample that soon becomes a mainstay of this decidedly avian record. Olivier Messiaen he ain’t, but evolutionary biology major Slam Skillet – also known as Sam Stevens – has found unlikely Ableton inspiration in the outdoors.

“Yukon” continues with a filter sweep that brings in some rhythmic horn jabs and a heavily processed rap hook. With subtle but banging basslines and several funky synths used, the EP gives nod to Com Truise and the more dancefloor-ready sounds of Grenier. “Gemsbok/Chamois” stands out for its laidback Nujabes vibe, credited to the cabasa sound that keep the track shuffling along.

Stevens’ skill is in his ability to joyfully weave common and unexpected elements into a beat that makes you want to sit back, bob your head and watch the world go by. This is music made for headphones and spring days – so start vibing.

Where on Earth is Earl?

Nice sweatshirt, Earl. (image courtesy of julianxberman.tumblr.com)

From the deepest reaches of my music library comes a new/old demo from Earl Sweatshirt of OFWGKTA.  Arguably one of the most talented rappers of this generation, Earl Sweatshirt is no where to be found, but his witty raps and rhymes keep surfacing around the music world.  His first appearance, under the name of “Sly,” came from his deserted myspace page (who uses that anymore?) where he has three singles still up for listening purposes, like a monument erected in the honor of someone great.  Give these tracks a good listen because their jazzy (yes, that’s right, jazzy) samples and 8-bit video games samples are a refreshing change of pace for the Odd Future gang.

Earl Sweatshirt (Sly) – Molliwopped (download)

Earl – FYC x Gruzen (download)