Slomile Swift—Sharper Blade, Safer Knife

Slomile Swift - Sharper Blade, Safer Knife

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Slomile Swift’s smartly titled ‘Sharper Blade, Safer Knife’—the follow up to last year’s short and sweet “Keep Back” EP—is no less funky, no less groovy than its predecessor, with an expertly crafted ensemble sound, layered grooves and fat bass lines, sly samples—cleverly edited—with deceptively simple arrangements resembling something like musical slight-of-hand.

There’s a endearing humor in the use of sports TV snippets to setup certain drops—the key components behind Swift’s forward motion—but the record has a solid instrumental core, hitting hard and full, with only a passing reverence to the sample-laden productions of yesterday. Here, Slomile Swift has created five wholly original compositions, with live instrumentation and a consistently thoughtful undercurrent of melodic bass.

Get the DUAL-EP cassette version, with reversible insert. Contains two separate albums; one on each side. (+download codes)

Side A—Sharper Blade, Safer Knife (2016)
Side B—Keep Back (2015)

Cover art for ‘Sharper Blade, Safer Knife’ by Chris Stewart
Cover photo for ‘Keep Back’ by Tanner Short

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Dead Balloons

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Dead Balloons is a trio from Birmingham, blending styles of garage, punk, folk, and progressive rock. Discover Sam Sanders’ frenetic and exact drumming, Rollie Kraus’ complex and melodic bass lines, and Chris Seifert’s compelling lyrics and powerful vocal delivery. We’re releasing their debut full-length. 15 original tracks including songs from their promo EP from earlier this year.

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Strahinja Arbutina—STRANO

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STRANO by Strahinja Arbutina, a producer from Zagreb, Croatia. Available exclusively from Step Pepper as a limited edition cassette.

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1. external, foreign
2. strange, odd

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Dead Balloons EP

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Dead Balloons is a trio from Birmingham, blending styles of garage, punk, folk, and progressive rock. Discover Sam Sanders’ frenetic and exact drumming, Rollie Kraus’ complex and melodic bass lines, and Chris Seifert’s compelling lyrics and powerful vocal delivery. We’re releasing their first EP on cassette, with their first full-length album set to release in mid-2016.

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Slomile Swift—Keep Back EP

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Step Pepper is excited to introduce Slomile Swift (though not exactly a newcomer) from Baton Rouge Louisiana. We’re re-releasing his ‘Keep Back’ EP in anticipation of his forthcoming album ‘Sharper Blade, Safer Knife’ arriving early 2016.

Blending electronic dance music’s synthesizers and hip hop’s sample-laden production, Slomile Swift, from Baton Rouge, makes his Step Pepper debut with his abrasive, yet soulful; accessible, yet eclectic; brash, yet melodic productions.

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Urbandy—True Soulz, BRKZ Vol. 1

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True Soulz: BRKZ Vol. I is the first in a series of original beat tapes by Urbandy. The track order is only a suggestion. Choose your own adventure or try listening on shuffle.

Watch the official video below. Artwork & design by Urbandy.

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Tyler Ambrosius—Knowledge of Self

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Tyler Ambrosius returns with “Knowledge of Self”—a full-length album of beats, glitch, & instrumental hip hop.

Watch the official video below. Artwork & design by Urbandy.

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