Boomkat Product Review:
Ratking’s beat broker, Eric Adiele a.k.a. Sporting Life, collects all three volumes of his diverse Slam Dunk series in one chunky beat tape on wax.
Sporting Life’s sound positively comes alive on vinyl, which, it becomes patently clear, is the most sympathetic format (along with tape) for the hazy depth of field and dusty drum crack of Adiele’s celebrated production style.
The first plate tees up Hydrate The Hustle’s hypnotic percolations and shoegazing R&B coos beside other highlights in Space Jam Money, which almost tips into a trap inversion of Origin Unknown’s Valley Of The Shadows, the Clams Casino style crack of Kill That Shout and a haunting soul burn in Court Vision starring Evy Jane.
Second plate is just as strong. His Ratking bandmate Wiki jumps on the cloud-soul flex of Nothing To Hide accompanied by Devonte Hynes a.k.a Blood Orange, whereas Jumpball twists down like some stray from Actress’ Ghettoville, and grimy kingpin Novelist cools out, UK R&G style, on No More Stress.