Slacker will issue his first full-length release in February.
The Slacker project was originally a collaboration between Shem McCauley and Simon Rogers, with the pair releasing progressive house tracks on labels such as XL, Loaded and their own Jukebox In The Sky imprint. Now the moniker represents McCauley alone, and after a two year break in Thailand, he's back to the UK and ready to get back into the music scene.
Instead of concentrating on the progressive house of his past, McCauley has instead decided to concentrate on crafting a full album in the vein of classic '90s works like The KLF's Chill Out and Future Sound Of London's Tales Of Ephidrina. "Stylistically, it might sound like a big change," explains McCauley, "but for me, it’s like expressing the stuff I was never previously able to." The resulting work is entitled Start w New Life, and is quite a diverse effort, encompassing beatless piano tracks ("I Have No Memory"), slo-mo funk ("Just As I Am"), skittering Arthur Russell-sampling breakbeat ("Come With Me") and lush choral electronica ("Help Me Here").
This is one of the most highly acclaimed soul albums of the 1970s. A longtime innovator at Motown, Robinson responded to the Funk revolution in black music (Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green) with an effective counterpoint: the stylish and mature album A Quiet Storm. This landmark album spawned and lent its name to the "Quiet Storm" musical programming format, a format still adopted by radio stations across America 40 years later.