Tuesday, 5 October 2010
'Star Slinger is one-man beat machine Darren Williams. The 24-year-old Manchester resident and art-house theater ticket-taker studied music technology at Leeds Metropolitan University and tried different styles of music-- emo, techno-- before starting his Star Slinger project in April. Since then, he's released a bounty of original beats as well as unofficial remixes for artists including Deerhunter and Small Black. All of his music is available for free at his site.
Williams' style combines the hyper soul sampling of Kanye West or Dipset producers Heatmakerz with a bubbling psychedelia reminiscent of J Dilla's spacier moments. In his hands, Deerhunter's 1960s-style lullaby "Helicopter" turns into the type of sliced-up head-nodder that Prefuse 73 used to offer.
Williams is increasingly in demand, and will soon release a collaborative EP with ambient-electro act Teams on Mexican Summer, a 7" on Double Denim, a new project with Canadian rapper Emay and San Francisco dream pop artist Blackbird Blackbird, along with another LP of beats.'
(Knicked off of Pichfork)