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Slaughterhouse Crew - For Promotional Use Only [Slaughterhouse]
Slaughterhouse Crew
This is a really nice demo from the Slaughterhouse Crew. These are another bunch of Nottingham heads, of which the supply seems endless who are set to blaze a trail as bright as Da Ville, if not brighter considering the professional attitude these guys are displaying so far. The demo artwork by Lee White with photography by Eevul 'Kin Evil is classy and on the front features the heads of the crew and minimal text, keeping the design clean. The interior is again kept simple with the production credits and contact details, track titles in large at the top and a picture of a blood splattered wall, obviously the scene of a slaughter. The CD label its self is less impressive with a simple pool of blood, a la Reservoir Dogs.

So on to the music then, and this four track offering just shows how many people are beavering away in studios up and down the land producing good shit on the DL. Produkt, the producer seems to be the main force behind this team, but Fox and First Lady are core to the crew with the vocals and of course Psyko who recorded them. The opening track, Notts flings all the elements on offer into the mix right from the jump off. Female singing for the hook, once the verse kicks in, everything gets a touch harder with piercing highs and a Quiet Storm type throbbing bass which is augmented by an electronically realised phrase. Typical continues along the same lines. There is a groove to the beats, and really musical skills demonstrated in the song construction and instrumentation and how it all interacts. The chorus here is particularly heavy, which again sees First Lady contribute, but also the stakes raised by extra highs and a semi rock power guitar. 

Lifted (Westsidehit) sees everything slow down a bit and a full on G-Funk feel envelops the sound. The tracks do all follow a similar pattern, but this one has a long breakdown in the middle in which a fight takes place. The final track Everyhour is where the vibe is changed again, this time for a softer RnB feel. Whilst well manifested, this track is a bit wishy washy and didn't really grab me as much as the others. There are some nice touches, like changing up the beat pattern and at the end having a breakdown in which the pianos get brought to the forefront of the mix.

This was an unexpectedly hot CD, so if you hear these guys making moves in the future be sure to give them a spin.
 

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