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Album Review

Slicker is a fairly straightforward project for someone like John Hughes III, whose work with groups like Bill Ding and Turtletoes moved between the strange and the incredibly strange — Confidence in Duber has Hughes (along with fellow Chicago musicians like Ryan Rapsys) laying out peacefully buzzy and occasionally frantic electronic programming, with all of the beepy grooves and drum'n'bass aesthetics one might expect. There's a definite sense of composition to the record's tracks, which is certainly a good thing — Hughes puts a great deal of movement into his programming, and the addition of organic instruments (such as Rapsys' guitar on "Prader") allows for a few funky grooves to emerge as well. The record also features "99 KOs," a remix of Euphone's "A Hundred Times and More."

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This record changed the shape of electronic music. Without a doubt, one of the most important records in electronic music.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Owner of the Chicago post-rock label Hefty Records, previous frontman for the Chicago indie/avant-garde acts Turtletoes and Bill Ding, John Hughes III also formed the Slicker project. Hughes, the son of the '80s teen-angst filmmaker renowned for hits like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, grew up in Chicago. After stints at Ohio University and Northwestern, he formed the Turtletoes, which released the 1995 album Jackersville on Hefty. Bill Ding, his duo with Dan Snazelle, released albums (also...
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