Slackk started as an archiver, running the essential Grimetapes faculty and self-releasing mixtapes of pirate radio recordings. He then started to build a reputation as a DJ and producer, taking grime’s signatures and applying them to roughneck house tracks (this is in 2010, long before that became a thing), eventually releasing the Theme EP on Numbers.
The next two years saw Slackk react against the increasing dominance of house music in UK clubs with Raw Missions, an EP that took influence from classic grime without simply repeating it, advancing his melodies, harmonics and atmospherics while keeping things hard. On 2013’s Failed Gods and Minor Triads he developed his signature style further, before releasing his acclaimed debut album Palm Tree Fire, a record that used a 140bpm template as a foundation for music as inspired by Eastern mood pieces as the UK pirate radio culture that was his starting point.
In 2013 Slackk also co-founded Boxed, a club night that has become an crucial hub for new grime producers, with Murlo, Finn, JT the Goon, Mumdance and more amongst its regulars. He also ran an influential monthly mix series that year, which were some of the first mixes to showcase artists like Bloom, Inkke, Strict Face and Shriekin, and has held an NTS residency. He currently co-hosts the Boxed show on Rinse FM, and also releases on R&S Records.
Out now on R&S.
Slackk toasts Palm Tree Fire with a mix for RA: