Release Date: Aug 14, 2015
Record label: ADA
Genre(s): Electronic, Downtempo, Indie Electronic, Experimental Electronic, Left-Field Hip-Hop
With a sound somewhere between a beat tape on the Stones Throw label and a '90s trip-hop compilation, London producer Slime creates sumptuous, swaying music that flows so freely that few rappers could ride it. Jeremiah Jae is the brave MC who attempts it here, skillfully winding in between the muted and sustained piano runs of "Patricia's Stories" and offering "She came and went like a cigarette/Blowin' in the wind, hung on minarets" because poetic and noir is what this music evokes. Singer Selah Sue pulls the producer into a more structured place as "At Sea Again" employs a solid sequencer line that causes a slight pull on the hips, but the rest of this debut album sounds like a lost Kruder & Dorfmeister remix collection, Madlib gone slightly pop, or Flume/Disclosure after a month off caffeine.
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Newcomer Slime’s first offering Company is full to the brim with juxtaposition, polarity and contradiction, keeping you on your proverbial toes throughout. A sense of musical angst is immediately apparent with opener “Thurible” – an intricate, saturated and complex mesh of immediately infectious electronic elements and voices that leave you slightly on edge. Compare this directly to the sparsely arranged, almost barren and simplistic “Down and Tell”, and you’ll see what I mean by juxtaposition.