Slap Serif – “Hoods 1-4” (2014)

Slap Serif is a young up-and-comer in the Seattle electronic music scene and he just put out his first digital release this weekend, the four track Hoods 1-4 (available online HERE). The songs are short – the longest comes in at a brisk 2:21, and the entire collection runs just over 7 minutes – but he uses the limited time well to show off some different stylistic ideas that make me think we’ll be hearing a lot more from him in the future.

Slap Serif isn’t just a one-trick electronica pony. Sure, “Hood 1” gives us some good straight forward beats and breaks, while some nice Casio-esque keyboard type sounds sprinkled in on top. But then “Hood 2” takes us in a totally different direction – the beats are there, but this is piano we’re hearing, not electronic keyboard sounds, a low-key, chill jazzy mix. “Hood 3” adds just a slight amount of a noise element on top of the beats, while “Hood 4” starts off a bit like “Hood 2” before spinning off into a heavier direction of psychedelia with what sound like some tripped out guitar samples.

For my money Slap Serif is at his best on “Hood 2″ and Hood 4,” where he strays outside the traditional electronica sounds and incorporates other elements, whether they be psych-rock or smooth jazz. His mixes show he has a good ear and can blend the old and the new to create something different, I’m looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next. You can check out al four tracks for free at the link above, and you can kick a few bucks his way and buy them if you like what you hear.

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