Slacker – Start a New Life – Godlike & Electric Records

05Feb10

In his previous life Shem McCauley (AKA Slacker) was considered one of the most prolific progressive house producers in the business. His tracks and remixes were played by the genre’s most popular DJs and they landed on the finest mix compilations.

However, with the business changing and tastes shifting Shem grew increasingly frustrated with the type of music “the business” was looking for. So he did the unthinkable – he disappeared. This UK native moved to Bangkok, Thailand, cut off communication with the industry, started a new job …and a new life. So, it’s been two years in Thailand and Slacker is back with an album that could have only been created in total isolation from the industry. It’s not progressive house, but this is progressive electronic downtempo music.

We hate to make comparisons but Start A New Life really does remind us of those classic UK downtempo albums from the 90’s and early 2000’s. It makes sense because Shem was a huge fan of this genre but never had the correct forum to release his own music of this type. The influences are apparent and when listening to Start A New Life you’ll pick of pieces of the Sabres Of Paradise-“Smokebelch II (Beatless Mix)”, Cocteau Twins-“Cherry-Coloured Funk”, Moby-“Go (Jam & Spoon Remix)”, Coldcut-“Autumn Leaves”, Boards Of Canada-Music Has The Right To Children, Future Sound Of London-Accelerator, Dusted-When We Were Young, and of course, The KLF-Chill Out album.

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