Boomkat Product Review:
Slugabed makes his solo Ninja Tune debut with his most impressively organised release to date. Folding in factors from warped VHS music, lazer-guided R&B and destabilized UK Bass, he's clearly on a proper orbital trajectory with the 'Moonbeam Rider' EP. His sound has become increasingly cleaner since the 'Ultra-Heated' EP on Planet Mu and successive remixes for the likes of Eprom, Starkey and Eskmo, managing to stealthily control the chaos without compromising his off-key agenda. That title track is a beaut, diffusing chromed-out R&B and dynamic in some 3D geometric cy ber-space, while 'Heck Flea' morphs from lushest VHS theme to tranced-out chords and neck-snap beats with kaleidoscopic arrangement. 'Tomorrow Morning' is probably the most diverse and unconventional cut in Sluga's armoury, setting up a crystalline intro space before flipping the pressure with hydraulic House bass and flickering 2-step syncopation, followed by a Hud Mo-like flirtation with vintage late '80s R&B on 'Nu Krak Swing'. Impressive.