Monday, December 14, 2009
slacker resurfaces with a down-tempo album
Producer and remixer Slacker was one of the stalwarts of the late-1990s, early '00s progressive era -- a go-to name in the box of Sasha, et. al. But the man born Shem McCauley dropped out of sight (sort of like prog itself) and started a new life as a yoga instructor in Bangkok. On Feb. 23 he's officially back, albeit in a down-tempo/ambient form, with his album Start A New Life, released via Godlike & Electric Records.
The long-player is said to have elements of 1990s ambient and electronica, including the KLF, Future Sound of London, Jam & Spoon and Moby.
"In the 90’s I was doing progressive house and endless club remixes but I originally came from Hip-Hop and rare groove," McCauley states. "So my influence was definitely based around funky beats and slow stuff. I always wanted to do an album like Start A New Life but never had the balls or circumstance to get it together. Towards the last four or five years of my life in the U.K. I was completely disillusioned, didn’t enjoy making music and eventually stopped. I made the choice to come out to Bangkok and found instant happiness with my new chilled existence."
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