Christian Nielsen – Slanguage
Label: 8bitScore: 8/10
After a series of well-received tracks on the likes of Jesse Rose’s Play It Down, Danish producer Christian Nielsen comes up trumps here for Gorge and Nick Curly’s 8bit imprint. While Curly’s taken some time off to work on other projects recently, it’s clear that the label is still going strong – particularly where the EP in question, Slanguage is concerned. And with four different originals on show, it’s not lacking in the bang for your buck stakes either.
It all gets underway thanks to ‘Slanguage’ itself. While the track is unusually titled, it’s even for unusual on the ear, although thankfully, we mean that in a good way. A real cheeky number with numerous off-kilter sinews, it grabs a stranglehold on your attention thanks to some very unlikely sounds. But hey, it works!
Nielsen’s collaboration with Mr.V, ‘Far From Lazy’ is my own favourite. Packed with punch thanks to V’s hip-hop vocals, its pitched-back sounds prove the perfect foil too. A veritable gem that’s simple but undoubtedly effective. ‘Back to Basis’ sees Nielsen adopt a sort of rough and raw Kerri Chandler-esque gem, and is perhaps, a tongue-in-cheek critique of modern day electronic music. Even if it’s not, it’s still a veritable track with which to pepper your set. The last track is ‘Fembot’, a sprightly track which glows thanks to its liberal sprinkling of synths and an attitude that’s unquestionable. In many ways, this is a vintage 8bit EP – and there’s nothing wrong with that.