Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Star Slinger Returns with 20-track Sample-based Instrumental Hip-Hop Album Home Is Where We Start From (Bandcamp/Jet Jam)



Star Slinger is one of the many recording aliases of "hairy music producer/DJ" Darren Williams. He's currently residing in Ljubljana in The Republic of Slovenia (Central Europe) but originally hails from Nottingham, UK. Williams has actively been recording and releasing music as Star Slinger since 2010 and quite honestly, was one of the very first artists, I believe, I ever covered here on The Witzard. I can still vividly remember hearing Star Slinger's lushly-orchestrated Volume 1 and Remixes 2010, both released online—Bandcamp was still in its earliest stages—over the Summer of 2010; the latter, featuring unofficial Electronic/Hip-Hop remixes of Deerhunter, Small Black, Rollerskaters, Alpine, and FIVENG tracks. Over the course of the past 8-9 years, Star Slinger has either worked with, remixed, or collaborated with Blackbird Blackbird, Childish Gambino, Dawn Richard AKA D∆WN, Ellie Goulding, Kilo Kish, Lil B, Reggie B, Sam Sparro, Stunnaman (of The Pack,) Teams, and Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J & Project Pat. Star Slinger describes his music as falling somewhere in-between "the fringes of Hip Hop, Electronic, and Dance music" drawing influence from Kanye West, J Dilla, The Avalanches, Armand Van Helden, Kenny Dope, Brian Eno, and Aphex Twin. Star Slinger has released music with D∆WN & Hundred Waters on Skrillex's OWSLA imprint and was personally selected by A$AP Rocky to open all shows during his 2012 European Tour.


Earlier this year, in addition to a slew of singles and remixes, Star Slinger released a 5-track collaborative EP with Laura Penate as Stranger ThAngs, as well as an album entitled First Love Music with vocalist and song-writer SCALLY. Now, Star Slinger has returned with a 20-track album called Home Is Where We Start From, quietly released just before Thanksgiving. Upon its release, Home Is Where We Start From was made available on a Name-Your-Price basis on Star Slinger's Bandcamp page for a limited period of time. The 20 track collection was entirely produced and created in the comfort of Star Slinger's own home. "My bed was never far away, which meant that I made it really organically. It just felt like a really homey project to me; despite their being Club bangers on there, it still feels like a homey album," @starslinger wrote to The Witzard within an Instagram message. "It was made on a lot of afternoons. I would also, break up the days by jogging for an hour to podcasts and reading on my Kindle. One of the books I read on the Kindle was by psychotherapist D. W. Winnacott called Home Is Where We Start From," Star Slinger continued. For Home Is Where We Start From, Star Slinger, somehow, sampled everything from 50's vocal groups to Jazz standards to Psychedelic Rock, as well as the infamous King Krule Interview episode of The Drunken Slinger Podcast and even his my 5-year-old daughter's voice. Home Is Where We Start From is now available on Star Slinger's Bandcamp, as well as like-minded digital streaming platforms.

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