Off the back of their first release, a multi-genre compilation featuring artists originating from six different countries, the Pitch Rider team are set to launch their first solo EP from Slick Shoota. The Norwegian is arguably the most respected juke producer to originate from outside of Chicago due to his high octane, larger-than-life approach to 160. His unique take on the genre which incorporates jungle and rave references hasn’t gone unnoticed, with productions being picked up for release by a range of labels including Mad Decent, Apothecary Compositions and Amy Becker’s TRX.
The title track kicks off the EP in hypnotic style, with vocal samples that seem to veer slightly off-beat just to come right back in sync with the barrage of kick drums, toms and snares hits that underscore the track. Shoota’s approach to production on ‘Do Right’ is reminiscent of that used in early grime tunes. The texture of the track constantly changes as elements are quickly dropped, brought back in or pitched up an octave throughout.
B-side ‘Hivemind’ sounds like an early Ridge Racer soundtrack on steroids with its glacial and trance-like lead synth. Slick Shoota throws a light-hearted curveball into the mix by peppering the track with what can only be described as the sound of bubbles popping essentially. The EP is rounded off with ‘Radium,’ a pacey and syncopated affair littered with stuttering claps and multiple key changes to keep ravers guessing. If there’s one thing we can count on when it comes to a Slick Shoota production, it’s that you’re always going to have a hard time predicting what’s coming next.