Slugabed Time Team on 3LP
Greg Feldwick is 23 years old and from Bath. He makes noises as Slugabed. His first releases were on Stuff, Ramp and then Planet Mu but now he is signed to the mothership, Ninja Tune. His music is suffused with a unique mix of humor, next level production, dancefloor smarts and melancholic emotion.
Time Team is his debut album. The album opens with “New Worlds," a heroic trudge across a vast space landscape, followed by the single “Sex,” a place of wildly suggestive synth squelch. He then takes us deeper, delving into the disembodied anime of “All This Time” and on to “Moonbeam Rider” which combines digital lycanthropy with a kind of deep funk groove that ought to come with a warning label. Along with the nervous squeals of "Travel Sweets" and the widescreen spangling of “Unicorn Suplex” this is a record that evokes a very particular, very peculiar, but never less than beautiful worldview.
An album highlight is “Mountains Come of The Sky,” which has a wonderful rolling rhythm and uplifting vocal, whilst the synth melody goes stratospheric at the mid-point. “Grandma Paints Nice,” distills yet more warmth and emotion from supposedly synthetic sounds, and “Climbing A Tree” sounds like the slow and wonderful death of a computer clinging on to its last, implanted false memory. Crowning the album, electro jam "Earth Claps" takes you on a field trip to the very core of the earth, melts you down and spits you out of a volcano. Lastly, the mood of dislocated melancholy is pushed almost to a nervous breakdown on the closing track “It’s When The Future Falls Plop On Your Head.”
Asked to explain Time Team, Feldwick responds that “it's to do with deep feelings about mostly inexpressible things.” It is indeed an album full of feeling and warmth and humor, a remarkable feat for a record composed mainly on synthesizers and drum machines. You will be hearing a lot more of Slugabed.
Slugabed Time Team Track Listing:
1. New Worlds
3. All This Time
4. Moonbeam Rider
5. Travel Sweets
6. Unicorn Suplex
7. Dragon Drums
8. Mountains Come Out of the Sky
9. Grandma Paints Nice
10. Climbing a Tree
11. Earth Claps
12. It's When the Future Falls Plop on Your Head
13. Emerald Specs
15. Spirt Level
16. Little You Little Me
17. Wake Up (full vocal version)