Melbourne act, Slum Sociable, release ‘Castle’ the first official single taken from the duo’s debut album, due for release October 13th.
Recorded in London with producer Rich Cooper (Mystery Jets, Josef Salvat, Lucy Rose) and mixed by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Cut Copy, Gnarls Barkley), help give the single some gravitas, just wonder why it’s the percussion that has to bite the bullet, surely to drummers like Max Roach, Steve Gadd or Keith 1Moon, would be scratching their heads. What about that movie Whiplash? There are good grooves. but a worn bare electronic drum pattern doesn’t help, unless that’s the price to pay standing as the duo do at “the intersection of jazz, electronica and soul.”
The end result still sways well, albeit crafted by those doppelganger 1’s and 0’s which still knit together to positive effect, at least when we are talking of ‘Castle’, despite the odd gripe, an enjoyable debut by Slum Sociable. 7.6/10