Star Slinger (Born Darren Williams) is renowned for his eclectic influences – ranging from memphis rap to shoegaze. Based in Manchester, UK, he first came into intense spotlight after self-releasing a beat tape via the internet in the summer of 2010 entitled “Volume 1″. He picked up noteworthy press interest from Pitchfork Media, SPIN Magazine, Dazed & Confused Magazine, and was also named in the NME’s Top 50 Bands of 2011 and was interviewed by Rob Da Bank and Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1.
Star Slinger shot from nowhere. One day the world was quiet; the next it was littered with his name, snapping to his wide-referencing, sample-scattering pop clips. Taking and twisting everything from distant Motown hooks to Life Without Buildings classics, his slick ear and warping cuts turn vocal lines into a spiral of heaving beats and seesawed synths.
Gold Panda and The Avalanches are quick reference points, but Williams maintains a strong idiosyncrasy throughout. Where Gold Panda emphasises space and beauty, Williams throws out short bursts of sugary excitement that race to the end before they’ve barely begun.
Star Slinger spins at Homeclub this 25th April. For more info, visit Symmetry. Tickets are available here.