Record Label: R&S Records
Housed in spot UV gloss printed cover with full printed inner sleeves.
Inspired by TAKEHIKO INOUE's massive manga series, this doublepack of hip hop & downtempo includes the 9 original tracks from the 3 EP's plus an additional 3 tracks exclusive to this format (including "NO MORE STRESS" ft NOVELIST). Pic sleeve vinyl with full printed inner sleeves.
Following on from his R&S debut ’ 55 5’s, a 10 track mind-bending beat tape that bristled with promise and originality, Sporting Life AKA Eric Adiele returns to the label with ’Slam Dunk’. Comprised of ear-popping instrumentals, illustrious remixes / guest vox and even a range of apparel, ’Slam Dunk’ sees Adiele drawing on his love for Takehiko Inoue’s massively popular manga series of the same name, and the stupendous grace, power and agility of the storied basketball greats. The aforementioned guests are drawn from Sport’s friends and contemporaries including Actress, Dev Hynes, Wiki, Novelist, Evy Jane and Galcher Lustwerk who co-incidentally provide a fitting context as a prism within which to contextualise Adiele’s fertile day-glo fantasies.
Slam Dunk ranges from the dark crystalline arpeggios, glacial 'verb soaked pads and strident Trap drums of ‘Space Jam Money’ that haunt and excite in equal measure, while ‘Kill That Shout’ ramps up the lysergic pressure with frenetic filter triggered vox, swirling soul samples and strutting percussive thumps. ‘Hydrate The Hustle’ finds Sport in a more meditative mood - lush swathes of hazy shoegazin' pads and yearning vocals are underpinned by tough, combustible drums. Galcher Lustwerk rounds out this stellar EP with a tripped out, euphoric house reworking of ‘Hydrate…’ peeling back the complexity for a straight jack that oozes class.
Sporting Life is without doubt one of the most original producers at work today - managing to pack in more ideas per minute than most beat makers manage in a whole career, making the promise of the further two volumes of this set to be a tantalising treat indeed.